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September 4, 2007


C-ville examines the RIAA lawsuits against seven University of Virginia students and the future ramifications both locally and nationally.

Glide Magazine interviews singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.

The Animal Years was so successful for you. Was it intimidating to follow that up, or more of a challenge to make something as powerful?

It was interesting. It wasn’t a challenge, like a pressure thing. What was really cool about it was that it gave me the opportunity to do the kind of stuff that I wanted to do, that I dreamed about. That was the gratifying part. You always feel pressure, but it’s not externally – there’s always that pressure when you find something that you really enjoy. You can write songs a certain way, but then you should change it up to make sure you’re staying interested in what you’re doing. It was looking around for that thing that’s gonna capture [my] attention.

Stylus interviews Honus Honus of Philadelphia's Man Man.

Can a band survive on records?

It boggles my mind that people still make music with instruments. Unless you’re independently wealthy or a masochist you’re not going to make money off selling records. Bands survive now from playing. I’ve said it a billion times. We’re going to earn our audience. Can’t buy your virtual friends like on MySpace. The proof is in the pudding.

Popmatters previews fall films and television shows.

The Daily Mail offers tips on how to become a pop star for almost nothing.

The Boston Globe previews fall's interesting book releases.

At Hometracked, an independent musician lists the top five ways he's made money as an independent artist.

The Columbia Journalism Review covers newspapers' decreasing book reviews.

SkreemR is a new mp3 search site.

Five Chapters features a new short story by Ken Chowder.

Catbird Records' latest release is Attacks! by Prairie Cat, a limited edition of 100 discs.

The Buffalo News attempts to describe hipsters.

A true hipster is someone whose tastes are eclectic, and not defined by a year, Cardoni says.

“Hipsterism isn’t only about being always in the new and in the moment, but maybe someone knowledgeable of history and all those moments that were new at the time,” he says. “If I define it as being open to youth culture but also open to new art, which now includes art clarified with new technology – who knows what Jack Kerouac would have done on a blog – then, yes, it’s a positive thing.”

The Times lists the latest odds for the Mercury Music Prize:

13/8 Bat For Lashes
3/1 Amy Winehouse
3/1 Jamie T
10/1 Klaxons
14/1 Maps
16/1 Fionn Regan
16/1 Artic Monkeys
20/1 The View
33/1 The Young Knives
33/1 New Young Pony Club
33/1 Dizee Rascal
33/1 Basquiat Strings

The A.V. Club lists 17 truly grim Westerns. interviews guitarist Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady.

The band was formed after seeing the documentary The Last Waltz. How much is The Band relevant to The Hold Steady?

Kubler: The Band is one of the best American bands of all times. All the members are masterful multi-instrumentalists who recorded a heap of excellent records. There was no talk of any ego stories here, which are often the case with big stars today. After all, for The Last Waltz, their farewell concert, they had a bunch of other people as headliners. One must really love music to say ‘Hey, let’s learn a bunch of songs by other artists for our farewell concert, even though we have excellent stuff ourselves.’ That is called love for music.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of an excellent "Gimme Shelter Benefit" show, where a variety of Athens artists covered Neil Young songs for a good cause, Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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