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May 31, 2007


The Bonnaroo music festival has set its schedule.

Stylus stages a television series comparison with The Office (UK) vs. The Office (US),

Popmatters profiles the career of the Wedding Present.

The New Statesman reviews Haruki Murakami's latest novel, After Dark.

It is almost as if Murakami doesn't want the physical details of plot, character and location to trouble the reader's attention too much. They appear almost incidental to the novel's aim of evoking the sense of altered perception that comes to us during the hours when we should be sleeping. From the book's opening passage, where we swoop down on the city through the eyes of a bird, Murakami seeks to detach us from the action.

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler talks to the Arizona Republic.

"We're kind of just a rock 'n' roll band in its truest sense," Kubler said. "What we do isn't dictated by trends."

The New York Times examines the differences in lossless audio encoding bitrates.

Barney Wragg, who oversees EMI’s global digital music efforts, said there had been a shift in the music marketplace. “What was an entirely PC, MP3-player experience has changed; now people are wiring music via iPods into their stereos in their home and their car,” he said. “That’s what is driving the demand for increased fidelity. When I connect an iPod directly into the hi-fi in my car, I really notice the difference.”

KEXP features in-studio performances today by Sera Cahoone (9:30 a.m. central) and Brother Ali (noon central) today.

The Portland Mercury declares Voxtrot the new Smiths.

The Smiths destroyed with their early singles and Voxtrot's first EPs have followed this same career path. But an even stronger echo of the Smiths' history is that their first attempt at turning those early successes into a full album ended up being a bit disappointing. Both the self-titled Smiths album and the newly released self-titled Voxtrot album sound overproduced, and rather than fully realized albums, they sound like a handful of singles mixed with filler.

The A.V. Club lists "12 truly sad summer songs."

The Denver Westword interviews Kelly Crisp of the Rosebuds.

Westword: Your records seem to have gotten darker over the years. Is everything okay?

Kelly Crisp: When we wrote the first record, we had no information to go on. It was just a creative burst that came out all at once. We had this childlike feeling of freedom, and we captured a moment in time. But with the second record, we'd been touring, and it was really hard to keep our mouths shut about social problems we were seeing. The lyrical content got darker and deeper because I had more things to say.

Mother Jones lists 10 ways to stay young.

Common Ground interviews Lou Reed.

Who would be on your dream presidential ticket for 2008 — this could be within the bounds of reality, or a dream ticket.

Me and John Zorn. [Editor’s note: John Zorn is an avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer and multi-instrumentalist.]

Afghan Whigs bassist John Curley talks to Cincinnati's City Beat about the band's retrospective album, Unbreakable (out June 5th).

"Greg and I sent each other a couple of e-mails and we both picked out a list, and most of our stuff matched up," says Curley. "These songs were popular among our fans and songs that we were proud of songwriting-wise, where we thought we had stretched our abilities. And we wanted to put a cohesive record together, something that would stand on its own as a record, so that was a consideration."

Sune Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes talks to the Portland Mercury.

"Once you leave your music in the hands of other people, sometimes it takes the joy away," intimates Wagner. "This tour, we load in all the gear ourselves, we set up onstage, we pack the gear, we sell our own merchandise, and we do everything. That way, the day is more fun and the payoff is bigger because we've done everything ourselves. We needed to go back to the do-it-yourself attitude."

The Riverfront Times has a new music blog, A to Z.

The Michigan Daily's Filter blog gives awards to Sasquatch performers.

The Futurist features tracks from Lab Patners' recent WOXY Lounge Act performance.

Mental Floss offers a "big album cover-up quiz," where some covers are altered by reversing the cover imagery.

Razing the Bar lists its best albums "of the first 4.9 months of 2007."

Minnesota Public Radio features in-studio performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Illinois.

A Better Offer is featuring Okkervil River in a series of posts on the music blog over the next two weeks.

Creative Loafing profiles several Atlanta bloggers, including Cable and Tweed's Rich Vining.

The name Cable & Tweed derives from Vining's twin passions. Cable comes from recording concerts; Vining picked Tweed because he's a doctoral student in political science at Emory with a focus on American jurisprudence. He jokes that, with the exception of a 2005 Supreme Court decision about digital file-sharing that mentioned Modest Mouse, his interests have never overlapped.

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