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May 17, 2007


The latest release on Catbird Records is Moviola's Dead Knowledge. A limited edition is also available that contains a bonus DVD.

Stream the album at Moviola's site.

Download the track, "Rudy," at the Catbirdseat.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"A lot of the way I work is to create a particular emotion for a song. That means not focusing on anybody's chops. And sometimes lyrically it's a complement, in the same way as, say, Brian Eno's lyrics. It's more about a swirling quality, like a painting. In the same way as Astral Weeks was one pure emotion."

Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs talks to the Washington Post's Express.

Time spent in a Minnesota punk band helped focus Veirs' relationship to music. Punk influences aren't explicit in her current work, but the idiosyncrasy is more the style of a DIYer than a crowd-pleaser. What she learned was "There's no support for artists in this culture; there's no funding. You're going to have to do it yourself and stick it out and that, I think, is why we have so many great artists."

With the Preakness this weekend, the Baltimore Sun lists five "horse-inspired moments in pop culture, literature and song, plus a few extras."

Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino talks to Gigwise.

The bands drummer, Sam Fogarino said: “The advent of YouTube, to have your record portrayed in such a low fidelity medium is awful. I mean it’s flattering that somebody feels the need to get the live performances up of these songs right away, but the thought of having our whole album on a DV cassette through some broadband wire is ridiculous.”

Elijah Wood will play Iggy Pop in a biopic.

The LA Weekly pits new albums by Wilco and Son Volt against each other.

Not that I should be comparing these two albums, mind you, but after just one listen, I knew that Son Volt’s new album, The Search, is the one I’ll be coming back to again and again. Don’t judge it by the opener, “Slow Hearse.” Skip that one altogether and dive into “The Picture,” as catchy and upbeat musically as it is pissed-off lyrically. Picking up where he left off on the last Son Volt record (Okemah and the Melody of Riot, 2005), Farrar’s not shying away from the mess that our country is in to focus only on one-on-one relationships. He’s angry, and it shows, but he’s never ham-fisted about it.

My Old Kentucky Blog has several live in-studio tracks from Cary Brothers.

The Bay Bridged is a music blog and podcast covering the Bay Area music scene.

Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his new children's book, Mars Needs Moms!.

That Truncheon Thing is sharing mp3s of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot demos.

Check out the rest of That Truncheon Thing's Classic Bootleg series.

The Portland Mercury interviews filmmaker and author Miranda July about her collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You.

There's a lot of frank and odd sexuality running through the book. Was that hard to write?

No, but it's a little more difficult now, now that everybody's reading it. It's my first book, so for a lot of those stories, I wasn't particularly imagining lots of people reading them. A lot of the more sexual stories are the earlier ones, for that reason.

The Portland Mercury interviews author Daniel Handler and the Colin Meloy of the Decemberists about each other.

So you and Daniel seem to have quite a bit in common, aesthetically.

Yeah, he's an accordion player, and I like accordions. I think A Series of Unfortunate Events is a great work of childlike imagination, and that's the sort of stuff that I really like, especially the really dark and morose modern fairy tales.

The Telegraph wonders "how good are the 'best' of America's young novelists" as listed by Granta.

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks to Salt Lake City Weekly.

“The concept for The Hold Steady,” Finn says, “was to create a smart rock band. A lot of rock & roll celebrates the stupidity of rock & roll, like with stoner rock. And it’s like—I think there’s a lot of intelligent people that like great rock, [so] why can’t there be great lyrics matched with Jimmy Page guitars?”

The Spill Label has made available its 1990s compilations of Australian independent music as free and legal mp3 downloads.

John Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore of Fishbone talk to NPR's Tell Me More.

Fisher and Moore talk candidly about racism in the music business, about what inspires them and what they're thriving on these days.

Minnesota Public Radio features a live performance by Au Revoir Simone.

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