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October 25, 2007


Caribou's Dan Snaith talks to the Portland Mercury about his latest album, Andorra.

"I named the album that because, all of a sudden, my idea of Andorra didn't fit the place," he explained. "When I'm recording, it's very much escapist music: escaping with this music into my head where it means all sorts of things for me. So in the end, the title refers more to this place—inside my head, I guess—that I imagined Andorra would be."

The Boston Globe interviews singer-songwriter Holly Golightly.

Q. You duetted with Jack White on "It's True That We Love One Another" [from the White Stripes' 2003 album, "Elephant"]. Has the White Stripes' success made retro, scuzzy, blues-rock respectable to the mainstream?

A. They've brought it to a wider audience, and a small percentage of those people will seek out the original blues artists that inspired them. That's what I hope I've done when I've covered old blues songs.

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks to the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

"My music is basically rock and roll with lots of words," Ritter said.

Popmatters recaps the 2007 CMJ Music Marathon.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers describes the band's show to Penn State's Daily Collegian.

"We get up on stage and tell all these pretty dark stories, and hopefully, make it so much fun that it can exorcise some of the demons," Hood wrote.

Oink founder Alan Ellis defends his website in the Telegraph.

"As far as I am aware no-one in Britain has ever been taken to court for running a website like mine. My site is no different to something like Google.

"If Google directed someone to a site they can illegally download music they are doing the same as what I have been accused of. I am not making any Oink users break the law. People don’t pay to use the site.”

It had to happen eventually: a Jeeves and Bertie Wooster slash fiction comic.

Crush Inc. has posted nine promotional videos for Douglas Coupland's new novel, The Gum Thief.

Dallas Good of the Sadies talks to Harp about the differences between recording for Steve Albini and Gary Louris.

Good explains that Albini saw his job as capturing the band’s live sound, not shaping it, “If you ask him what he thinks of your songs, he’ll respond, “It’s your record.” he says. Louris, by contrast, joined in singing, performing and songwriting. “Ultimately Gary was great at just doing exactly what Steve does, which is get the best out of us.”

Cinematical interviews singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.

Old Time Relijun singer and songwriter Arrington de Dionyso talks to the Providence Journal.

“When I give myself over to the music, there’s such a power to the sound that moves through a band, I really do feel this literal sensation of being illuminated. There’s a light that’s touching all of us, reaching through from us to the audience. I feel like it’s something that’s on the recording itself. It’s not just another punk-rock record, in my mind; it’s a door that opens to a parallel universe and the way I think about it.”

The Stranger profiles singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

The language and mythology of Newsom's songs are no less fantastic than the prog-rock epics of the '70s, and both share the same disregard for brevity (the average song length on Ys is around 10 minutes). Both also share a tinge of medieval flavoring, but where prog fantasy usually involved dragons, Newsom sings of beautiful simplicity. Her landscapes are wooded countrysides and mountain homes, her characters searching for understanding and release in their loves and times of hardship. It's not fantasy prog, it's pastoral prog, and it's brilliant.

The New York Press excerpts from Susan Shapiro’s memoir, Only As Good as Your Word: Writing Lessons From My Favorite Literary Gurus.

The Nashville Scene discusses "Americana" music.

As genres go, Americana is a bit of an odd bird. There’s certainly no spot in the larger musical landscape that’s immune to debates over styles and categories, since marketing departments, journalists, fans and acts rarely share a synchronized perspective. But Americana may be the only genre that preaches to the choir. It evangelizes listeners who’ve already tasted its fruits without recognizing them as such (say, Bonnaroo attendees digging a live set by Old Crow Medicine Show)—and members of other “sects”—recruiting otherwise categorized performers who might be a good fit for Americana.

Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio performance by the Portland Cello Project.

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