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September 13, 2007


Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor talks to the Baltimore Sun.

Animal Collective's Josh Deakin talks to the Vancouver Sun about the band's new album, Strawberry Jam.

Deakin said this album has been described as the most pop-influenced of their albums, but he was reluctant to describe it in his own words, saying you have to listen to the group's entire repertoire to understand their latest work.

LA City Beat profiles some of the finest webloggers in Los Angeles, including music bloggers Jeff Weiss (Passion of the Weiss) and Justin Gage (An Aquarium Drunkard).

Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel talks to NOW Toronto about the influences behind the band's new album, Under the Blacklight.

"We were all vaguely familiar with the Tom Tom Club's hits, but it wasn't until we listened to their albums as a group along with Mike that they became a big influence on the album. They did some amazing stuff so crazy danceable. At first, the songs seem monotonous, yet there are always subtle things happening you discover when you listen more closely."

The Detroit Free Press interviews singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart.

Q: What are you listening to on the bus these days?

A: Well, let's start with Fred Neil and Karen Dalton. They're the bedrock, the foundation. Recently I've been listening to Peter Walker's "Rainy Day Raga" almost every morning. A lot of revolutionary South American music. And Matteah Baim, who was the singer and songwriter of the band Metallic Falcons. Her album "The Death of the Sun" is my favorite record of the last 10 years.

T-shirt of the day: "The Zombie of Oz"

Siouxsie Sioux talks to the Telegraph.

"The Banshees took you into a world, added a sense of tension. So I suppose film and film music has been," she shrugs, "mah thang. Along with the sea and the moon - I suppose women are meant to be governed by those things. People forget the punk thing was really good for women. It motivated them to pick up a guitar rather than be a chanteuse. It allowed us to be aggressive."

The Miami New Times interviews Interpol bassist Carlos D.

The Telegraph lists 10 reasons why singer-songwriter Manu Chao is global pop's most important star.

Author Tom Perrotta creates a music playlist for the New York Times books blog, Papercuts.

The Nashville Scene reviews the success of last week's Next Big Thing indie music festival.

The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer puts her iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

Austin360 profiles the ACL Fest Hot Freaks afterparties in Austin this Friday and Saturday.

Craig Lile, an Indianapolis-based blogger who writes as "Dodge" on My Old Kentucky Blog, said "Hotfreaks!" is an opportunity to put together two great nights of music while a huge cross-section of music fans are all in one city.

"I wish the clubs were three times as big," Lile said. "I think we'd be able to put three times as many people in there. I'm happy we can offer it to the music fans."

Jared Swilley of the Black Lips talks to Baltimore's City Paper.

"Who are the Black Lips?" reflects bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley by phone during his Atlanta "summer vacation" between tours. "Everybody wants us to be like somebody. One of my biggest idols is Fred Cole from Dead Moon. And Roky Erickson. But if we have to be compared to the career of someone easy . . . if we're like the Rolling Stones, we're on Between the Buttons right now."

Down the Oubliette features mp3 downloads (and often video) of Okkervil River shows, as well as solo performances by Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg.

This week, New York magazine's the Comics Page blog is excerpting Laika, a graphic novel based on a true story, by Nick Abadzis.

Drowned in Sound asks its readers to list their "essential musical page-turners."

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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