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October 2, 2007


Pitchfork interviews Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk.

BBC News reports that Morrissey is planning to release a new album next September.

The Cornell Daily Sun interviews singer-songwriter Ted Leo.

Sun: What was your writing background was before you started writing songs, if you had one. Had you ever written poetry or stories or even in a journal or anything, or was music your first writing outlet?

T.L.: I think it kind of was my first writing outlet. I spent some time in school as someone who’s more into the literature side of things than other things, so I did a lot of school writing in college, but no actual artistic output of my own. Other than keeping a journal and that type of stuff, it started and has remained in the realm of songwriting. I definitely don’t consider myself a poet. I do consider myself a lyricist. It’s like I try to make sure that you can read my lyrics without the music and go, “Oh that’s cool,” or whatever, but you’re still supposed to know that they’re lyrics to a song and not from a poetry book.

Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart talks to Popmatters.

John Vanderslice talks to Brandeis University's The Justice, which also reviews his recent Cambridge performance (as well as a show by the Mountain Goats).

"I really like blogs, and I spend a lot of time on music blogs," Vanderslice said. "I wanted to pay back the blogs. [Blogs are] an efficient way to find out about music because they're always directly linking the content. [They're] run by only one person, so there's no editorial process."

The Manchester Evening News reports that students are lining up to take the creative writing courses of Martin Amis at Manchester University.

Talking about the MA course, he said: "If all this does turn out to have a theme, it'll be, `Don't go with the crowd, don't do anything for the crowd, don't be of the crowd or with the crowd'.

M.F. Grimm talks to the New York Daily News about his biographical graphic novel, Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm.

"All the trials and tribulations and punishments I put myself through ... maybe it's beneficial for some younger audience that thinks it's cool to do certain things like that."

KEXP features a streaming in-studio performance by the National at 3 pacific today.

The Broward New Times interviews Orenda Fink of Art in Manila.

You’ve attributed the breakup of Azure Ray to your not being able to write in a sad or heartbroken state anymore after meeting your husband. Why was that group not able to sustain a change of heart or a different mood for writing songs?

It was more that Maria and I had kind of moved on in where we writing from. Maybe the group could have, I don’t know, kept on going if we had both shifted directions together. But I felt like we really came to an impasse and were in two different places. We were so used to being in tune with each other and I was just difficult to keep it going. And we didn’t really see why we should if we weren’t in that place, because it had been so special. Like, why do it if it’s not going to be everything that it should be?

Paste interviews Cake trumpeter Vince DiFore.

P: Is that why the b-sides album cover is scratch and sniff?

DiFiore: We’re trying to beat the digital age. You can’t download olfactory smells. There’s something very tangible that brings you into that experience, very grounding about that sense of smell. There’s also a secret smell. You lift up the tray on the inside and there’s a little bird with a gas nozzle and there’s gasoline smell on that gas nozzle too. It’s sort of a secret that we’re hoping will get out so that people can enjoy that. The whole thing is a good solid consumer sort of feeling.

The A.V. Club lists 24 great films too painful to watch twice.

The Futurist recaps the WOXY Lounge Act performance of the Teenage Prayers and offers a couple of in-studio mp3s.

The Independent reports that the Charlatans plan to give their next single away as a free download.

McGee said the band "could not lose" from the revolutionary approach. "We looked at the deal we were being offered by Sanctuary and said, 'Let's just do it ourselves'. We increase our fan base, we sell more merchandise, more fans talk about the band and we get more advertising and more films (soundtracks). More people will get into the the Charlatans and will probably pay the money to see the show. I presume it will double the gig traffic, maybe even treble it." He put the suggestion to the band's singer, Tim Burgess, who immediately agreed, and the rest of the band were subsequently persuaded to go along with the plan. Burgess said: "CD sales are on the decline and for any one copy sold there are nine copied from that. The future is in playing live." The Charlatans have a November tour lined up to coincide with the release.

T-shirt of the day (for Mets fans): "Ya Gotta Bereave"

Drowned in Sound recaps September's album releases.

Wizard Entertainment interviews author Jonathan Lethem about his new Marvel comic book series, Omega the Unknown.

What was the hardest part about shifting from prose to comics scripting?

LETHEM: The hardest part: everything. I was hugely tentative at the start, and worked with ludicrous slowness and caution, both because I was so unfamiliar with the storytelling syntax and because I really wanted to start a 10-issue serial I’d be happy to have to write the concluding issues of! For reasons both practical and idealistic I didn’t want to plot the whole story before I’d begun, but rather in a sense to play in the same arena as the comic books writers I’d revered when I was a kid: winging it in some degree. But of course I had a huge advantage in the strength of the source material at the outset—my first issue was mostly, by design, a paraphrase of the original first issue. I had the feeling all along that I wanted to begin with my feet in Gerber and Skrenes might footprints, and then to slowly diverge from there.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by Oakley Hall.

AOL Music is hosting an "unofficial Radiohead listening party" of live videos featuring music from the band's upcoming album, In Rainbows.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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