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January 22, 2008

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The Daily Titan interviews Great Northern guitarist Solon Bixler.

BUZZ: Your single, "Home," has received heavy radio play. Has that caused a lot of changes for you guys?

SB: Yeah, we all own five or six houses now and I can't even count the number of cars I've bought . . . (laughs) It's really made our record more accessible. I stopped listening to radio because it went through kind of a weird time and maybe still is. But we've noticed more people coming out to the shows and actually singing our songs. It's definitely changed in that way. It helped me find a new respect for radio.


The New York Sun profiles the career of Cat Power.


Paul Arnusch of the Whitsundays talks to the Edmonton Journal about the band's self-titled album (out today).

"In the last little while, I don't really have much reason to be sad," he says with a chuckle, "yet I'm used to writing sad songs, sad lyrics and heartfelt, deep things -- or at least I've tried to. I find it's more challenging for me to write lyrics that are still somewhat interesting but light-hearted and happy."


Mike Skinner of the Streets talks about his new album with NME.

Skinner describes the new songs as, “Smoother, nicer and more detailed”. Track titles include ‘Everything Is Borrowed’ and ‘The Escapist’.


The Toronto Star pits the new novels by Stephen King (Duma Key) and John Grisham (The Appeal) against one another.


Pitchfork interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers.

Pitchfork: How important is it to you as a songwriter to have another songwriter or two to bounce off of?

PH: I love it. I write a lot. At least, I sometimes do. I just came out of a pretty bad writer's block, at least for me, over the last few years that lead into this record. It was getting to the point where I couldn't say I do write a lot anymore. Like, maybe I don't write a lot anymore, you know? But I kind of broke through that last year. I haven't written anything since July, but I will. It's not the same as writer's block. I've got to gas up. Cooley is not prolific at all, but he all of a sudden had this big burst. He wrote nine songs over a short period of time, and seven of them are on the record. I don't know if he's written any since then; probably not. I know Shonna's been writing a lot.


La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows features three live videos from Vampire Weekend.


The Futurist recaps the WOXY Lounge Act performance by Mason Proper with a couple of in-studio mp3s.


The New York Times profiles singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and her newfound commercial success with the Juno soundtrack.

A do-it-yourself singer who writes in childlike, stream-of-consciousness verse and has “LAFF LOUD” tattooed on her fingers, she now finds herself competing with major celebrities like Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Radiohead for the top spot on the Billboard album chart. It’s a strange situation for Ms. Dawson, who with her old band, the Moldy Peaches, became a leader of the loosely knit, underground punk-meets-folk scene.


Pine interviews Matt Friedlander of the Fiery Furnaces.

Holly Lang/Pine Magazine: How would you describe your music?

Matt Friedlander/Fiery Furnaces: The band, we just play rock music, that’s not a very description for people. We play conventional, traditional rock music and the songs are structured to supply small surprises as opposed to immediately gratifying, but very traditional music made up of simple rock tunes. The songwriting and arranging are a little different than other things.


Paste's band of the week is Viva Voce.

Why It’s Worth Watching: Viva Voce has only two members, but its mix of blues-influenced psychedelic guitar and dark pop vocals sounds bigger and better than many four pieces.


SFist interviews Raymond Raposa of Castanets.

Favorite thing about your own music?

What it asks. What it reveals. What it holds back.


The Vancouver Sun profiles local band Black Mountain.

The music is described as prog rock and stoner rock, but it also has - at times - ambient and folk sounds that set it apart from standard rock fare.


Dane101 points out a new Kim Deal tribute album.


The Hollywood Reporter reviews the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

It's the players that invigorate "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" and keenly flesh-out its emotional dimensions. Jon Foster is superb as the conflicted Art, evincing mettle as a young man overcome with a sense of doom. In the film's most flamboyant role, Peter Sarsgaard's devil-ish charisma and cold bluster is frightening. He truly hypnotizes those around him, including his upper-class girlfriend (Jane Bellwether) who is destructively entranced by his bad-boy wiles.

Chabon talks to the NZ Herald about his latest novel, Gentlemen of the Road.


In the Guardian, Sean Dodson lists his favorite bookstores from all over the world.



also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
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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