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April 24, 2007

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Members of Battles talks to the Washington Square News.

""For the sake of us I'd say that our experimentation is really within the bounds of what we enjoy to do and with the tools that we use in order to compositionally form the song. We were pretty conscious of not repeating stuff we've done and falling within a label like a math rock or speed rock. Within that, however, we still hold true to being that same band that we always were, maybe bringing it to the next level and trying things out on the next level based on where we are as musicians."


Bloodshot Records' Rob Miler talks to the Detroit Free Press.

Miller and Warshaw launched Bloodshot in 1994 to provide a home to Chicago's overlooked alt-country musicians. But Miller flinches at the idea that Bloodshot was ever stylistically constricted: "I kind of forget -- I go through life assuming that everyone else does not have a problem listening to the breadth of stuff I do. I just don't compartmentalize music like that. ... The Gores and the Cobras are a little more overtly rock, I guess, a little more un-country, but I've never looked at us as a country label."


Pitchfork interviews Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg.


Steven hall talks to the Toronto Star about his debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts.

One U.K. daily, The Independent, hailed The Raw Shark Texts as "the most original reading experience of the year." Another, The Times, dismissed it as "a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing."

"Some people have been provoked by the idea that you can take ideas from quite thoughtful literary people like Auster and Borges and Calvino and dare to mix them with (Steven) Spielberg or Doctor Who," Hall says. "I get a kick out of all of those things.

"It would be horrible to write a book that everyone thought was just okay or was met with polite nodding or ambivalence. A lot of people seem to have got a hell of a lot out of it. And it's also made a few people angry. I don't think that's a bad thing. It's good that people can still get angry about books."

see also: Hall's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book


Amazon has launched a "Go Indie!" store, with 150 discs priced at $9.99.


Boston's Phoenix examines the role of mp3 blogs have in spreading remixes.

Combine the Web’s power with an über-hip music genre and it gets even louder. Just ask PLUS MOVE, two New England Art Institute students and Allston rockers who started making dance music and soon found themselves on the lips of some of the dance floor’s smartest tastemakers. The phenomenon has been coined “blog house” because of its proliferation on MP3 blogs.


Bill Callahan talks to the New York Sun about his new album, Woke on a Whaleheart.

"The theme for the record is people realizing good things or important things," Mr. Callahan said. Much as his singing voice, he speaks in a soft, deliberate tone, and rarely uses more words than he has to. He often smiles at the conclusion of a thought, as if there's something else he could express but would rather keep in reserve, for his own amusement. "They are positive songs."


ComicByComic is a comics blog worth checking out.


What Would Jesus Blog gathered YouTube videos of women covering indie songs, accompanied only by their acoustic guitars.


Humble Voice is a social networking community built around the arts (music, video, photography, writing, and visual art).


NPR's All Things Considered examines current trends in French pop music.


This week, Five Chapters is serializing a story by author Nick Arvin.


No Love For Ned features a live, in-studio set from Shapes and Sizes this week on the streaming internet radio show.


The New York Times profiles the PEN American Center’s third annual World Voices Festival of International Literature.

Founded three years ago in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and in the midst of the Iraq war, the festival was conceived as a way of addressing America’s cultural isolation. This year the theme is “Home & Away.” Writers of fiction and nonfiction will be speaking and reading at 66 events in 29 locations throughout the city.


Manhattan Movie Magazine lists the top ten rock 'n' roll films of all time.


The Marketing Fresh Peel interviews Nate Ruess of the Format.


BBC News reports that U2's Bono and the Edge are writing music and lyrics for a Broadway musical based on comic book hero Spider-Man.


Drowned in Sound inteviews hip hop's El-P.


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