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September 6, 2007

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Toronto's NOW profiles Animal Collective in its "How'd You Get That Buzz?" series.


Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart talks to the Contra Costa Times.


Author Michelle Paver talks to the Guardian about the "next JK Rowling" tag.

Not that the sensible Paver, 47, a former commercial lawyer who retains her legal precision and groundedness, is pushing such comparisons. "I'm not the next JK Rowling," she insists. "We've got one already. It's flattering to be compared to her. I like her books and loved the first three particularly, but apart from the fact that they've got young boys as heroes, they're very different. She writes pure fantasy. What I'm trying to do is make the world I write about real. Everything could have happened."


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette examines the increased popularity of prog rock.

Karl Hendricks, a music buyer for Paul's CDs and a prog fan (but not prog musician), says, "The genre is becoming less uncool. I hesitate to use the word geek, but think it's not just geeks listening to prog anymore." The music can thrive, Hendricks points out, because with the Internet "everything is fair game. People finding other people with similar tastes has decreased the stigma attached to liking certain things."


Stylus lists the "Top Ten Songs I’d Cover If I Recorded an Album of Covers."


New York magazine's The Comics Page blog is excerpting Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm, a graphic novel by Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly.


Jonathan Bree of the Brunettes talks to the Portland Mercury.

"We'll always have a huge appreciation for bubblegum pop," explains Bree. "You'd have to be subhuman to not be tempted to chime in to a chorus of [Foreigner's] 'I Want to Know What Love Is.' In most bubblegum, though, there's underlying innuendo, darker and more risque than that of the immediate message."


Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff talks to the Portland Mercury about the degree of success the band has achieved.

The parade of acclaim for both the pen of Sheff and the band itself has started to pay off. Okkervil just notched their first late night television appearance—Late Night with Conan O'Brien—are playing bigger rooms, and are finally able to make ends meet without any day-job assistance. According to Sheff, "There is this feeling that people seem to be excited about us in a way they weren't before. It's strange, it's like suddenly all these people just showed up at your party." Given all the praise the band has received, that party is about to get very crowded.


iLounge lists 10 things you want to know about the 2007 iPods.


AfterEllen reviews Gena Gershon's new album, In Search of Cleo.

I don't know about this. She seems like a rock star, but she just isn't. Something's missing. And the "Cleo" of the album title is her cat, which is not a rock-star-ish move at all. Neither is the fact that the CD is, and I quote, "beautifullly packaged in a digipak design that has a 12 page booklet with both lyrics handwritten and original illustrations by Gina." You can even pay extra for an autographed copy. Do I detect a hint of desperation, or is it just amateurism? The whole thing — especially the cover photo — seems like it's right out of a Christopher Guest mockumentary.


Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan talks to the New York Press about retiring the Smog moniker.

“I’m still getting used to the change myself. It was necessary for Smog to die, though. [I] was starting to think I was suffering from monomania,” Callahan says via email, his preferred mode of communication for interviews. “I feel like the kid who got his first haircut: hyperaware and proud.”


Author/filmmaker Miranda July creates a music playlist for the New York Times books blog, Paper Cuts.


USA Today points out fall's "Dylan Hootenanny" on the way.


Seattle Weekly interviews Josh Myers, a composer for television and film.

Do you ever hear things like, "I want to hear more Moby," from advertising execs?

All the time. Working with producers who have a limited musical vocabulary is always a challenge. If they ask for more Moby, it's up to me to determine what they really mean by that. Is it the beat they are referring to, a particular instrument in the mix, the vocal sample, the mood, or a specific melody they are hearing? If it's a Moby song they want but simply can't afford, it gets even trickier.


The Stranger lists the "best Seattle music blogs you may not know."


Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance by John Weinland.


NPR examines why women read more than men.


Minnesota Public Radio features an in-studio performance by singer-songwriter (and former Pedro the Lion frontman) David Bazan.


The Futurist recaps the recent WOXY Lounge Act performance by the Rentals.



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2007 Lollapalooza downloads
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