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May 28, 2007

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MOG, the social networking site built around music, is PC Magazine's site of the week.


The New York Times reviews Friday night's Bright Eyes performance.

Mr. Oberst’s quavery singing voice sounded, as usual, perpetually eager but unsure, even when he was declaiming ambitious lyrics like those in “Four Winds”: “Your class, your caste your country, sect, your name or your tribe/There are people always dying trying to keep them alive.” Taken on its own the music was often better off with a reduced band, as it was in the aching “Lime Tree,” a ballad about the aftermath of an abortion that had Mr. Oberst and his acoustic guitar backed by hovering string-quartet harmonies.


New York magazine lists the best novels you've never read (I've read only six of these).


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review offers a summer reading list.


Wired News interviews Anthony Volodkin of the music blog aggregator, Hype Machine.

WN: How do you think Hype Machine is changing the music scene and the music business?

AV: I think Hype Machine plays in an ecosystem of several new things that have developed, with regard to music and how people interact with it. People discover something when friends send a link to YouTube video, and they're just like, "Wow, what is this song?" And they get really excited about it. Hype Machine isn't really that (per se), but it's in that spectrum … people just getting excited about music and communicating about it, without any sort of marketing -- just because they enjoy it. It's an interesting change in the way that music discussion gets exposed on the net, and [becomes] accessible to other people.


Seanbaby.com features the Comic Book Ad Hall of Fame.


The Globe and Mail wraps up the Cannes film festival.

The jury, which seemed intent on spreading the prizes around, gave two special jury awards. One went to Persepolis, an animated French film based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about growing up at the time of the Iranian revolution, and Silent Light, Reygadas's stylized drama about a love triangle in a taciturn Mexican Mennonite community.


KEXP features in-studio performances today by the Clientele (4 pm central) and Tall Birds (1 pm central).


The Buffalo News talks to the city's indie musicians about their careers.

“To be an indie in the past was kind of a rebellious thing to be,” said McManus. “Maybe you were once signed to a label and then decided to ease your way into being more independent on the business end to put out music that you might not be able to release through a label, or had an interest in producing new artists. At least you had some time for the kind of development that being on a label could provide. Now, everyone is essentially an indie, and you most certainly do have to diversify the portfolio in order to survive.”


Matt Berninger of the National talks to the New York Post.

To learn the ways behind a mike, Devendorf advised Berninger to listen to Guided by Voices' Bob Pollard, who "just sings with his heart."

Berninger couldn't play guitar either, so he gravitated to writing lyrics, finding inspiration in the words of Morrissey, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.


Inside Bay Area flashes back to the summer of 1967 with a music playlist.


CreativeTechs features a song that most graphic designers can appreciate, "Make the Logo Bigger."


Kelly Crisp of the Rosebuds talks to Venus.

Despite all of the moodiness and hints of winter on the track “Hold Onto My Coat,” this is a summer record that happens to have been released in the spring. “We’re not sure we know what we’re doing enough to have a style,” Crisp says. “If anything, we like to think of ourselves as more of an art project than a band.”



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