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August 31, 2007


The 2007 SXSW downloads page has been updated with an mp3 set by Asobi Seksu.

BBC Berkshire interviews members of the Cold War Kids.

The San Diego Union-Tribune talks to local webcasters about rising royalty fees.

At KSDS, a public broadcasting station that streams mainstream jazz from San Diego City College, the increased royalties, as first proposed, could have gobbled up 5 percent of the station's total budget, said Mark Deboskey, station manager.

SFist lists food books for Labor Day.

The Yale Daily News lists and reviews the season's top pop albums.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy talks to the Denver Post.

"We've never gone into the studio with any kind of agenda to make a specific type of record," Tweedy said. "I might have a specific agenda lyrically or in a vague, conceptual sense, but for the most part, Wilco's records have become what they are by just ... being. You always want surprises out of studio. That's the only thing I really want to listen to - the stuff I didn't know was there, the stuff I wouldn't have been able to predict."

Guardian readers offer a playlist of songs about radio.

Illustrator Dame Darcy is competing to appear on the Flavor of Love 3, vote for her and help spread the word... (via)

The Guardian profiles the "most unusual band in this year's Mercury shortlist," the Basquiat Strings.

If the Mercurys used to have a token jazz and a token classical act each year, this time the Basquiat Strings' eponymous debut album serves as both. They are, effectively, a traditional string quartet - with Vicky Fifield and Emma Smith on violins, Jenny May-Logan on viola, and Ben Davis on cello - beefed up by the presence of double bassist Richard Pryce and drummer Seb Rochford. Together they make a compelling music that distills elements of east European folk music, Bartok's string quartets and Shostakovich into a richly textured, rhythmically propulsive jazz.

LAist interviews singer-songwriter Brandi Shearer about playing SXSW.

You performed at SXSW this past year, how was that?

I¹ve been at SXSW two years running, and it¹s a madhouse. It feels like constant hard work. I don¹t get galvanized the way other musicians do at that festival ­ I just feel like someone spent four days beating me with a 2x4.

Mono guitarist Takaakira "Taka" Goto talks to the Japan Times about working with Steve Albini.

"We loved Albini's work and asked him to work with us. At first, we were very anxious about what the sessions would be like," remembers Goto, "but we were more excited about just being able to work with him in his studio. He is the greatest sound engineer for capturing a band's raw emotion on tape."

The Christian Science Monitor examines the growing role of the cello in popular music.

As one of the few cellists to have made a career as a jazz soloist, Erik Friedlander believes his instrument is comfortable in the worlds of jazz, popular, and avant-garde music. "Musicians are opening up to what the cello can do," he says. "If you play saxophone you have the weight of history on your back. We don't have that to live up to so we can create our own way."

In the Washington Post, Matt Berninger of the National compares his band's last two albums, Alligator and Boxer.

Some critics have noted how apparent it is that Berninger has been in a healthy romantic relationship since "Alligator."

" 'Boxer' has different types of songs on it because of that," Berninger says. "The songs about relationships are more about how to compromise, how to hold onto something good and how to find that, whereas 'Alligator' had songs about knowing something is gone or just pining over something that's gone. There's more bitterness, I think, on 'Alligator,' much less on 'Boxer' because of the fact that I've been in a relationship that's been good for a really long time."

Fimoculous offers a short, 8-point review of MIA's new album, Kala.

WFUV features singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams with an interview and live performance,

AlternativeBanjo lists banjo tabs for indie songs. Included are tabs for songs by Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists, and more.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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