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July 19, 2007

Shorties

Jeppe Laursen of Junior Senior puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.


Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams talks to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

"A writer living in the suburbs, in Salt Lake City, Utah, can find something to write about, if you have the creative imagination," Williams says. "You might live in a Stepford Wives community somewhere, but there's sadness and beauty and darkness and light everywhere. It's in the eye of the beholder. Throughout the ages, people have created great art, written great masterpieces and have lived in all different types of environments and had money and no money."


The A.V. Club interviews Britt Daniel of Spoon.


The Arizona Daily Star interviews My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden.


If Flannery O'Connor had a blog...


Stars vocalist Amy Millan talks to Billboard.

"One of the consistent thing people tell us is that our live show is pretty different than our records," Stars vocalist Amy Millan tells Billboard.com. "We wanted to bring the explosiveness from the live show to the record. We were in the room together when this was recorded, rather than recording all our parts separately."


St. Vincent's Annie Clark talks to the Cleveland Scene about her solo debut, Marry Me.

"It comes from being sort of restless and ADD. If you listen to the record, it's like, 'I wanna make a jazz standard. I wanna write a song like this. I wanna write a song like that,'" explains Clark. "I was listening to Billy Strayhorn's 'Lush Life' and going, 'This is the best lyric I've ever heard. I wanna do this.' It's all these little challenges. I wanna be the kind of person who can really write a song that has continuity, and maybe my taking on the sort of traditional American realm was my way of making a catalog for myself of what I could do."

Clark also talks to Toronto's NOW and the Montreal Gazette.


Status Ain't Hood interviews M.I.A.


Members of Sonic Youth talk to the Los Angeles Times about their shows recreating 1988's Daydream Nation album.

At the end of each show, and after "Daydream Nation" is completed, Sonic Youth returns for an encore of at least six songs from the band's newest album, "Rather Ripped."

"All of us feel this amazing relief wash over us," Ranaldo says. "It's a really interesting exercise to play the 'Daydream' stuff, but when we come back and crank through some of the new material, we feel so much more like this is really where we're at."


Snger-songwriter Scott Miller talks to the Knoxville Metro Pulse.

"A lot of those ‘live' records in the '70s, they were faked. Like Frampton Live ?—it ain't live. Disappointing when you find that out. Anything else I can ruin for you?” Scott Miller's voice intensifies now, never absent humor and spirit. “The public likes to buy live records, and as a consumer, I like 'em, but people in the [music] industry hate 'em."


The Arizona Daily Star examines the Tucson music scene.

You could almost say it's a Tucson tradition to have overseas success. Veteran, beloved acts such as Giant Sand and Bob Log III may sell thousands of CDs in Europe but are still not exactly on the forefront of American consciousness. And Linda Ronstadt, the biggest music name to come from Tucson, reached her success in the 1970s after leaving for Los Angeles.


NPR is streaming Gogol Bordello's Tuesday night Washington D.C. performance.


Apartment Therapy lists the top 10 headphones.


The New York Times' Lede blog and NPR's All Things Considered examine the controversy surrounding Tintin in the Congo.


Oregon Public Broadcasting features an n-studio performance by singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke.



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