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September 12, 2007


New Pornographers frontman Carl Newman talks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about the band's new album, Challengers.

"Our records are always made with whatever's lying around," Newman said. In the past a band member has happened on a Wurlitzer here, a pump organ there, and these influences have informed the shapes of recordings. But this time, he continued, "it just so happened that when we came to Brooklyn, 'what was lying around' was a lot more. There's a great creative feeling, a bigger infrastructure of musicians here. I felt like we had access to these totally amazing A-list people."

Melissa Swingle of the Moaners describes the band's sound to the Charleston City Paper.

"When people watch us set up, some of them assume it's just two women who're going to be kinda folky and stripped-down ... like the Indigo Girls or Ani DiFranco or something," chuckles singer/guitarist Melissa Swingle, of N.C. rock duo The Moaners. "After we hit them over the head with full-fledged rock 'n' roll, they're pleasantly surprised. Some say they're impressed that we sound like a four- or five-piece when actually we're just a two-piece band."

The Guardian profiles legendary author Jules Verne.

The Wall Street Journal wonders "Are Technology Limits In MP3s and iPods Ruining Pop Music?"

Cracked lists the 8 funniest webcomics.

Slate explains why "Portland is America's indie rock mecca."

Willamette Week responds to the Slate article.

Thunderegg is leaking their new album, Thunderegg II, recorded with Al Weatherhead (Sparklehorse, Magnolia Electric Co., Cracker) one track at a time on their MySpace page.

CNET's tech news blog wonders if free music downloads can save newspapers.

With independent and smaller record labels joining forces with newspapers, both elements receive a benefit--newspapers finally enter the 21st century and let people download music, and smaller record labels immediately attract more people. In essence, this idea would bring independent labels to the forefront, which could, in turn, force larger labels to get into the newspaper download business. And don't even try to play the argument that free downloads hurt sales--that's pure rubbish and any analyst worth her salary would agree.

JamBase profiles singer-songwriter Johnny Irion.

Wired 's Listening Post blog lists five reasons mp3 blogs could be the next record labels.

WXPN's World Cafe features singer-songwriter Lori McKenna with an interview and in-studio performance.

The Futurist recaps the Bad Veins' WOXY Lounge Act performance and shares a couple of the in-studio mp3s.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features singer-songwriter Pete Yorn with an interview and in-studio performance.

Author Tao Lin publishes the last line of his next novel in Esquire, complete with 8 footnotes.

see also: Tao Lin's Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributions

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2007 Lollapalooza downloads
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