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April 25, 2007


LA Weekly interviews Annie Hardy of Giant Drag.

LA Weekly: So Giant Drag didn’t break up, right? I see you’ve got some gigs coming up. The Lemonheads at the El Rey and the Jesus and Mary Chain at the Glasshouse in Pomona. Not bad.

Annie Hardy: Micah quit the band. I’m continuing on without Micah. I love Micah but I knew he wasn’t gonna be in GD forever. It’s my songs and my passion. He just got sick of it… sick of the traveling… of the business aspect. Of being broke and homeless.

Nate Query of the Decemberists talks to the San Francisco Examiner.

“There’s been little or no backlash from our fans and from people in the indie world,” Query says of the move to Capitol. “And part of that is because bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, and even Elliott Smith and the Shins, have shown that you can bring this music to the mainstream, where you’re basically bringing the mainstream to you, and not the other way around.”

Stylus interviews Archer Prewitt of the Sea and Cake.

What are your thoughts on the genre label “post-rock” that you guys have been grouped in, do you feel it’s a bit overused and too generalized?

Yeah. I’ve often said that post-rock was going on in the ‘70s, where people were going outside of what rock was. It didn’t happen in the ‘90s. Rock was shifted and expanded upon back then, I think, in a more substantial way. I actually don’t really even know how that pertains to Sea and Cake. I think we were sort of locked in with Tortoise and that Chicago sound. None of us have minded it. It draws attention to what we’re trying to do and it’s always helpful to have that work in your favor. I’m not quite sure, because I sort of initially think it’s left-of-center pop.

Popmatters profiles the Bound Stems.

PC World examines Yahoo Music and Gracenote's new lyrics website.

Knopf has an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new novel, After Dark, online.

My Old Kentucky Blog previewed Louisville's Forecastle Festival, scheduled for July 27th and 28th, and shared mp3s from participating acts.

Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras talks to Harp about the band's growth.

Though still resurrecting and sexing up classic rock and R&B tunes with gusto comparable to a pubescent Rat Fink in a whorehouse, compared to Baby the Cobras are a little quieter, almost restrained. Nagy agrees and disagrees. “I don’t think we were trying to show restraint. As time goes on and we get it together—you’re gonna get better, a little more sophisticated. Well, let’s say grown-up. ‘Sophisticated’ doesn’t make any sense with us or our music.”

This week's Apple Report podcast about the music industry features Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls.

Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock talks to the Boston Herald about guitarist Johnny Marr's contribution to the ban's latest album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

"Johnny added a lot to the band and I’m not taking that away from him," said Brock. "But Johnny gets a lot of credit for the guitar parts that Eric and I play and it’s frustrating. I understand why he gets the credit, because he’s f------ great, but I’m not in danger of getting credit for parts that he wrote. It’s kind of been assumed that all the guitar on the record is Johnny. I guess that’s OK. We know what we did."

Billboard reports that former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell's solo album, Sirens of the Ditch, will be released July 10th on New West.

For a good cause, bid on guitars decorated by Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney.

Rolling Stone lists 40 songs that "changed the world."

Drowned in Sound interviews Bjork.

New York magazine reviews I Like Food, Food Tastes Good, a collection of recipes from indie rockers (including John Vanderslice, John Darnielle, and others).

There’s wild-boar ragù from the Violet Femmes, semi-raw everyday pasta from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, buttermilk pie from Okkervil River, and much, much more.

The editor of the book, Kara Zuaro, talks to WNYC's Soundcheck.

New Music Nation has posted its top 20 albums of 2007 (so far).

A Better Offer is focusing on the Novi Split this fortnight.

Tom Wright, road manager for the Who, Rolling Stones, and many other bands, talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his memoir, Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out.

Wright, for his part, says his pictures are good because he had good subjects. He says he hopes his upcoming memoir will remind people of a time when people made music not to succeed in an industry, but to live gloriously through art.

WXPN's World Cafe profiles singer-songwriter Willy Mason.

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