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September 26, 2007


Becki Pipette of the Pipettes talks to Detroit's Metro Times.

"I think that's a real shame because a lot of people do genuinely believe that pop music started with the Beatles. And that's sad. That's why we believe that the Beatles ruined everything; it's not because we hate them or we necessarily hate their music, it's because their success standardized stuff and made people forget the great pop music that had been written before they came along."

Arizona State University's Web Devil examines the RIAA's lawsuits against students at the university.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian's music blog draws comparisons between Morrissey and the works of Jean Genet.

The figure of Steven Morrissey on the Smiths’ 1983 Top of the Pops debut had all of the Dionysian and homoerotic charge of Genet’s underworld flaneur. With his chiseled, Northern jaw line, coiffed pompadour, and back pocket overflowing with gladioli, Morrissey summoned, in his melodramatic rendition of "This Charming Man," the saintly icons of condemned playboys Weidmann and Pilorge who adorned Genet’s cell at Sante prison.

Daring Fireball analyzes the Amazon mp3 store.

The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century lists Simpsons scenes and their reference movies, offering side-by-side stills from each.

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff talks to amNewYork about the band's latest album, The Stage Names.

"[The Rolling Stones'] 'Exile on Main Street' is the seminal 'it's so hard to be a rock star' album, but to me it's about what it's like to feel worn down by partying," Sheff said. "That's not what 'The Stage Names' is about. What it's about is trying to keep doing what you love in the face of forces fighting against that, whether it's the inertia of getting older or the difficulty of trying to have a life while doing this."

Iron and Wine's Sam Beam talks to the Boston Herald about his music being used fior an M&M's commercial.

“I eat M&Ms,” Beam said from his rural Texas home. “There’s no reason to be hoity-toity about it if you eat them. I’ve got four kids and four educations to pay for. There’s a reality to making a living in the music industry. With radio dying and MTV dead, (an ad) is now the most effective way to get music out there.”

Singer-songwriter Julie Doiron talks to the Varsity about being nominated for this year's Polaris music prize.

"It’s a unique experience to be nominated for something that seemingly garners so much attention from the press. All of a sudden CBC is playing Polaris nominees all the time, the Globe and Mail is writing profiles about me. I feel happy about it, ‘cause I never imagined when they called me that’s what they’d be calling me about. It’s more the possibility or the idea of what I’d do with the money. To be honest— I’m trying not to think about it too much,” she admits.

Wired's Underwire blog interviews Adam Stephens of Two Gallants.

So what are some of your influences, I think your music sounds very literary so I’m wondering who you listen to or maybe who are your favorite authors?

As far as songwriters, Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies and obviously Bob Dylan, but I think that’s kind of unnecessary to say. I don’t really like the word literary because to me that’s saying that music itself isn’t literary and I don’t think it has to be defined that way. I think that songwriting should be allowed to have its own literary category, especially when you take into consideration people like Leonard Cohen. I like treating every song like a novella.

The Oxford American reminisces about Bob Dylan recording Blonde on Blonde in Nashville in 1966.

The Los Angeles Times examines the expanded New York Times bestselling books lists.

Under the new plan, the review will run two expanded fiction lists: One will be for 20 mass market paperbacks; the other is intended to feature more literary works by such writers as Cormac McCarthy, Claire Messud and Jeffrey Eugenides. As part of a redesign, the review is also boosting the number of books on its "How To, Advice and Miscellaneous" list, swelling the total number of bestseller titles from 70 to 110. But the lists don't stop there: The Times also ranks an extra 15 bestsellers on its "extended" fiction and nonfiction charts online.

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

NPR is streaming a May performance by the Greencards.

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

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival downloads
this week's CD releases


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