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October 6, 2007


Harp interviews Tegan and Sara.

HARP: It seems like you’ve reached this comfortable spot where you’re successful, but not an “overnight sensation,” like a lot of people suggested you’d become. Was there ever a point where you thought that would actually occur?

Sara: No, I don’t think so. It has been a nice, comfortable climb. I remember the first time someone said to me, “You’ve had a lot of peaks and valleys in your career,” and I was like, “What are you talking about? I’m not back in Alberta playing for 50 bucks! There isn’t a high heel sticking out of the mattress when I go to bed at night.” No, everything is just fine.

Matt Berninger of the National talks to the Montreal Gazette.

"The stuff that's sometimes the most immediate and accessible to us, we get bored with pretty quick," Berninger said. "So we often will do things to the songs that are more exciting for us, but sometimes it takes us a while to adjust. So it makes sense that somebody looking at the record has a similar experience with it."

Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff talks to the Houston Chronicle.

"It's frightening, the thought of your whole life sacrificed for your work," he says. Sheff recalls a Nina Simone interview where she said her only regret was not having a family. Then a Stevie Nicks interview where she said if she hadn't put Fleetwood Mac ahead of everything, she'd have a child. "It's simple and blunt and true," he says. "It's an insane vocation. And you'll sacrifice everything if you believe in it. That's melodramatic, but it's how I feel.

The Miami Herald recommends three books for boys.

The Sun interviews former PiL and Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon.

Would a song like Anarchy In The UK get the same reaction in today’s watered-down music scene?

When you deal with bumholes like Marilyn Manson running around in Alice Cooper make-up claiming he’s like a true anti-Christ anarchist and he’s never heard of the Sex Pistols, yeah, I understand what you mean about watering down. But when the Sex Pistols did Anarchy, we f**king meant it.

BBC Radio 4 interviews author Philip Roth.

Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett talks to the Dallas Morning News.

"I learned a lot on this record, more than I ever had before," Mr. Sennett said. "And I feel like I had a good time. It was nice. When you're touring the world with someone every second, it gets tenuous. To be able to walk away from each other for more than a year helped all of us tremendously."

Derek McCulloch talks to the Edmonton Journal about his graphic novel, Stagger Lee.

"Ultimately, the story of Stagger Lee is a very simple classic tale and good bare-bones structure to hang a story on. The more I learned about Shelton and his crime, the more I realized there was to the story and the more I was fascinated."

see also: McCulloch's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for Stagger Lee

Maisonneuve is covering Pop Montreal with daily recaps.

The Chicago Tribune profiles the band Liars.

Joe Gross, pop critic for the Austin American-Statesman and noise-band enthusiast, says "pop" is a relative terms when it comes to Liars. "As far as pop bands go, the new Liars album is still pretty out-there. But it's also their fourth album," says Gross. "The first was a popular product of its time and place in the New York rock underground. The next two were even more avant-garde than the new one. So it might be too late for them to win new fans or win the old ones back who left after their first album."

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle interviews author Colson Whitehead.

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle talks to the Telegraph.

"Somebody asked me, 'What comes after socialism?'?" he cackles. "I said, 'Well, we have to try socialism first.' We've spent a lot of time trying to prevent it, but we haven't actually tried it." With Earle in this mood, we'll end up with government by singer-songwriter.

10 Zen Monkeys asks ten professional writers the same question, "Is the net good for writers?"

What Price Did You Choose? is keeping track of what people are paying for the digital download of Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows.

The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot examines the band's variable pricing strategy.

Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features a streaming in-studio performance by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

T-shirt of the day: Wi-Fi Detector Shirt

WXPN is streaming a live performance by Loudon Wainwright.

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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