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September 21, 2007


The Hollywood Reporter examines the synergies between film and music for Lionsgate.

Lionsgate not only is interested in soundtracks and scores for its TV and film properties but also is building a music publishing company and signing acts. This offers yet another solid alternative business model for artists: sign a publishing deal with Lionsgate and get first crack at getting into the film and TV business. Film and TV are the new radio, right? And Lionsgate gets some return on its huge marketing investment on music. The company is so bullish about music publishing that it is seeking catalog-acquisition opportunities.

The Brooklyn Eagle interviews author Brian Francis Slattery, author of Spaceman Blues: A Love Song.

This is your debut novel, but it feels like a prolonged nightmare with the future suddenly flipping to the present. How long was this in your head?

The original idea was a few years old by the time I started. This may sound weird but I wrote it pretty much sentence for sentence. As I was writing it, I would let the plot go where it would. The device I used was: I made up a bunch of characters I really liked then said, ‘Well, what would they do?’ And as they got closer and closer, it got easier because I knew the characters well and how they would respond to what the other characters were doing.

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks to Tandem about the critical reaction to his new album, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter.

“There seems to be a pretty full spectrum from love to hate and as much as I’d love everybody to understand what I’m working towards on this record the fact is that it’s so different I think people are pretty surprised one way or the other. But you know, when I think about all the music coming out every day I’m honored people have any opinion at all!”

Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John talks to the Vancouver Sun about all the remixes of "Young Folks."

"I'm a bit annoyed by all the remixes, but you don't have to listen to them, so it's cool ... There's a few good ones that I really like, but there's something like 60 versions of Young Folks now, so I'm more just tired of hearing it in bad versions."

Josh Dibb of Animal Collective talks to the Daily Yomiuri.

Strawberry Jam, the group's seventh album, nods at a myriad of musical sources. The Animal Collective aren't afraid to explore new sounds, yet there is very little of the dreaded self-indulgence that is sometimes synonymous with "experimental" music, something that Dibb is conscious of.

"I feel like we're treading that line, we love experimenting and we love that world of exploring sound and what you can do with it, but at the same time we love making pop music, we love making songs," he said.

The Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry talks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

"It's definitely weird," he said. "I don't know if we think of ourselves as being a successful indie-rock band. We've just been doing what we've been doing for a long time. It's sort of unlikely that a band like this would have navigated the path that we have."

Author Tom McCarthy talks to the Independent.

"In the UK, the mainstream publishing industry has almost purged itself of what should be the 'literary' in literature," he says. "Most mainstream houses are publishing competently written, ultimately quite banal, middlebrow books, nicely packaged, that maybe ask the odd question and make us think a bit. The mode of experiencing literature has moved elsewhere: into the art world."

Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel talks to AM New York.

Singer-songwriter Manu Chao shares his worldview with the Times.

The Duke Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter John Vanderslice about his newest album, Emerald City.

The album is pretty political. Are you trying to be a political motivator or is the album more of a personal statement?

To be honest with you, like all songwriters, I'm an egotist. So I really don't care what other people think. I have very strong and transparent political views, and I'm completely fine if people agree with them, but I've never wanted to change anyone's mind. I'm of the opinion that it's pretty much impossible to change peoples' minds. I mean, basically, when we went into this situation, it was pretty obvious that we were getting into it so that we could steal people's resources, but there was a 90 percent approval rating. I'm not going to try to help, I mean, who can help, a country that is that gullible? It's a personal album for me. All the political stuff is just refracted ideas and emotions that I have about being alive right now.

Stylus examines the routes major indie record labels are taking to digital distribution of their releases.

According to the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), there are close to 150 music subscription and download services available, each with its own torrent of digital delivery methods. Of course, ensuring a catalogue’s reach and availability is top priority: “It’s just like the real world,” says Van Riker, responsible for marketing at the Seattle-based Barsuk. “You want your albums at as many record stores as possible.” But naturally, each services comes with its own tidy spreadsheet of pros and cons, and finding what works best for the bottom line is a stickling quandary.

Guardian readers recommend songs about infidelity.">That Truncheon Thing's classic bootleg series continues with an mp3 download of Neil Young's Chrome Dreams.

BookSwim is an "online book rental library club."

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features the National with an interview and in-studio performance.

Comics Should Be Good is counting down the top 50 DC Comics characters.

The New York Times' Freakonomics blog holds a quorum to ponder the future of the music industry.

Added yesterday to the 2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival downloads: mp3 downloads of the National and DeVotchKa performances.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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