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May 18, 2007

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The Rosebuds talk to the Raleigh News & Observer.

"There was a review in Pitchfork that said 'Cemetery Lawn' was about 'a wedding gone wrong,' " Crisp groans. "I died a small death over that. I was in bed crying for two days. That's such a trivialization. A writer's job is to look beyond the surface, and some of them are so caught up in the medium that they miss the message. Luckily, the masses that nobody counts on understand. Our audience is pretty smart."


The Birmingham News profiles local attorney John P. Strohm, better known to music fans as a member of the Blake Babies, Lemonheads, and Antenna.


The Chicago Tribune examines music file sharing and the RIAA's heavy-handed response.


Don't forget to enter the LHB Hillary Clinton Campaign Song Contest.


The Columbus Dispatch interviews Morrissey fans.


The Idaho Statesman interviews Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

You tried actual melodic singing on this last record. Does that go out the window in concert?

No, not so much. It's something I'm trying to do more and more of. The idea is I spend a lot of time on the lyrics. But if you look at like Bob Dylan — who is probably the best lyricist ever in my mind — he's most remembered, I think, for some of the songs that have the best melodies. We tried this time to make a record that was more musical, and attempted to also make it more memorable.

The band's Franz Nicolay talks to the Salt Lake Tribune.

"You put a record out there and you can pretty much find a positive review of it somewhere," Nicolay said. "That's always a good ego boost and a nice affirmation. But at the end of the day, if people aren't going out to the shows, it's just sort of an empty cry in the indie-rock echo chamber."


Members of Fujiya and Miyagi talk to Popmatters.

After asking them about Jaguar’s use of “Collarbone” in a recent commercial as well as an MTV Europe special about the band, Best laughs “Hey, give us anything, man! Give us Jaguar, MTV, we’ll take it! We’re too tired!” But after the laughter dies down, Best returns to the subject at hand, with a smile that shows he realizes just how lucky he is, “It’s funny when you turn on the TV and hear yourself ... It’s good inasmuch that people get to hear it. It enabled us to leave our jobs the week before we came to America.”


TV Guide names the greatest guest stars on Simpsons episodes.


NME lists the greatest indie anthems.


Artist Alison Bechdel talks to WCAX.

Bechdel explains, "Because comics have pictures, they've been perceived as low-brow, as anti-intellectual, sort of for children. But there's this great potential to tell really complex, nuanced, new kinds of narratives."


Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock talks to the Independent.

"Someone asked me the other day what my favourite Smiths album was for real, and I said The Best of the Smiths," he laughs, fully aware of his declaration of philistinism. "When I was a kid, a lot of my friends were huge fans but I had a hard time enduring the Morrissey personality. But I was always into Johnny's guitar parts and became very familiar with them."


Love of Diagrams bassist and vocalist Antonia Sellbach talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.


Chicagoist interviews Ben Tanzer, author of the debut novel, Lucky Man.


The Minneapolis Star-Tribune profiles local singer-songwriter Jonathan Delehanty.

"His words are so poetic both in the way he puts them together and the way he sings them," Harrisonfields said. "He references things beyond a 20-year-old. He's going to be somebody. He's going to go somewhere. He's going to be famous. I wanted to say 'He played at one of my art openings once.' "


Mother Jones interviews Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

MJ: Where does the soul feeling on Sky Blue Sky come from?

JT: There's probably not any kind of music that means more to me than gospel and soul. If I could be any type of singer in the world, it would be like an Otis Redding. I heard somebody say that soul music is being proud of where you're from and what you've accomplished, and letting that show. Losing some self-consciousness and ego to join something larger. I like that idea a lot, just letting it all hang out, and on this album we did our best at that.


WXPN's World Cafe profiles singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins.


Two members of !!! talk to NPR's All Things Considered.


IGN lists their "top ten pirate songs, part deux."


Minnesota Public Radio speaks to authors Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter, Carol Higgins Clark.


Emotional Karaoke is a music blog devoted to the songs of the Mountain Goats (via).


NPR's Fresh Air is celebrating its 20th year by revisiting 20 of the show's most intriguing conversations.


Gravy Beard features an alphabetical list of mp3 blogs, numbering 1,278 at the moment.


In Entertainment Weekly, author Stephen King lists his 24 best rock songs of all time.


Elvis Costello lists "music you should hear" for Amazon.com.

"Kingdom of Doom," the Good, the Bad and the Queen ~ The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Reminds me of that English sadness and makes me miss the place for about 30 seconds. Great to see Paul Simonon holding a bass again.



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