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November 1, 2007


The Loyola Phoenix interviews Caribou's Dan Snaith.

Phoenix: Judging by the sound of the new album, I'd guess you've probably spent a lot of time listening to some of the poppier British invasion bands of the '60s. Andorra feels like something The Zombies might have done if they'd had access to samplers.

Dan Snaith: Yeah, I mean, The Zombies are definitely the most relevant example [of an influence] for me. The record, for me, was really for the first time about writing melodies and harmonies and countermelodies and chord sequences and arrangements and all those kinds of compositional ideas more than it was … I mean, it's always still about production for me, I guess. But in the past my records have almost exclusively been about production, whereas this time I wanted to write actual pop songs and that kind of stuff.

Mathieu Cournoyer of Malajube talks to the Waterloo Record about using the band's music in television commercials.

"In Quebec, we had so many people asking us, 'What the f--- are you doing, selling out to a big company like that?' " Cournoyer says.

"The answer's pretty easy -- it's for the money. If we played Quebec forever, like so many bands do, we'd have much more money. But we decided to get out of Quebec not to go crazy, and we've been travelling so much that we need that money or we couldn't do it.

"Even my girlfriend complained. I told her, 'We're not selling it -- we're just renting it."'

Hot Press features a video interview with members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

John K. Samson of the Weakerthans talks to the Toronto Star about the songwriting influences behind the band's latest album, Reunion Tour.

"I was inspired to that by a lot of the fiction I've been reading," Samson explains. "I've been reading a lot of short stories over the last few years, especially writers like George Saunders, the great American short-story writer. He has a lot of characters who are kind of unlikable, but you're forced to identify with ..."

Time readers interview chef/author/television celebrity Anthony Bourdain.

How would you compare writing to cooking? —Vince Cogan, Redlands, Calif.

Cooking is much harder. Cooking is real work. I don't miss standing in the kitchen 15 or 16 hours a day, but I do miss the satisfaction of sitting at the bar at the end of the shift knowing that I did really well in the kitchen. Even on a really good writing day, no matter how good, you're never really sure whether it was good.

New York magazine's The List blog lists the lamest pop-classical crossovers in music history.

Paste profiles Betty Lavette, and Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood explains what it was like to be in the singer's band during the recording of her latest album, The Scene of the Crime.

“Sometimes it would be going great,” says Hood, “and suddenly something would make her mad—usually me—and it was the wrath of Bettye, which almost could have been the name of the album.” That gets a laugh out of him. “She’s been through so much that she has good reason to be naturally suspicious. Add to that, we have our own ways of doing things that didn’t always make sense to her, and I’m sure she thought that Andy had paired her with a bunch of lunatics, but as it progressed, I think she could see that there is actually a method to our madness, and things generally went smoother."

Beirut's Zach Condon talks to the Telegraph about his love of France and making music with conch shells.

The Stranger interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn.

You're one of my favorite lyricists. Who are some of yours?

John Samson from the Weakerthans—he is the lyricist that I can say, without hesitation, is better than I am. But almost everyone else I think I'm in contention with. [Other favorites are] Blake Schwarzenbach from Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil, obviously Dylan, Springsteen—that kind of thing. But John Samson is the best right now.

Decemberists drummer Jason Moen talks to goTriad about the band's next album.

"We were kind of thinking of a Neil Young, hanging-out-in-the-bar … one take kind of thing," he said. "Like most records it'll kind of end up being what it is … it's hard to pin down. It could be death metal when we're done."

RIP, Stylus

The New York Times' Bit blog interviews two executives from iMeem, the music social networking site.

Q: In addition to ad and affiliate program revenue, how does Imeem plan to make money in the long run?

DALTON CALDWELL: We think our direct ad sales from brand sponsorships and our multiple ad network partnerships will be our primary sources of revenue. We’ll also have commerce-related offerings, like digital downloads and ringtones. Right now we are the #1 iTunes affiliate partner.

STEVE JANG: We like the online advertising market since it taps brands to foot the bill rather than the consumer and is the best way to monetize attention and usage in today’s online economy. As more and more attention moves from print, TV and radio to online, we are working hard to gain a growing piece of that online advertising pie.

IGN lists the top 10 scary album covers.

New York magazine's The Comics Page is excerpting from the graphic novel Shooting War, an expansion of the acclaimed webcomic by Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman.

Saul Williams' The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggystardust! is available for free download (and artist tip) today.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts today,

WXPN's World Cafe features Devendra Banhart with an interview and in-studio performance.

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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