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February 13, 2008


The Pioneer Press chooses five albums for a night of romance.

Digital Spy lists ten things you never knew about Morrissey.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle lists children's books to read for black history month.

Detroit's Metro Times asks local musicians to name their favorite libidinous songs.

Billboard has the tracklist for Scarlett Johansson's Tom waits covers album.

The New York Sun reviews The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island: Or, The Friends of Dr. Rushower, a musical produced by former Polaris frontman Mark Mulcahy and cartoonist Ben Katchor.

Their oddball parable of Western naïveté in the face of globalization has its ungainly moments, to be sure, albeit nearly always tempered by the dazzling use of Mr. Katchor's fancifully old-timey illustrations on all sides of the stage. Director Bob McGrath and the wonderfully skilled projection designers Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg have turned the Vineyard Theatre stage into a three-dimensional graphic novel, with Mr. Katchor's perspectival contortions and multi-panel wonders augmented and sometimes mirrored by Mr. McGrath's wily staging. They have collaborated on devising an intoxicatingly cluttered world where the margins have taken over the center.

Billboard reports that Rhino will release remastered, expanded editions of the Replacements' Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash, Stink, Hootenanny and Let It Be on April 22nd. [via]

T-shirt of the day: "Zombies Were People Too"

Light from a Dead Star is a Lush fansite (for the band, not the natural soap and cosmetics company).

Srephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields talks to the Boston Herald.

“When I was 12 listening to Brian Eno, it wasn’t a problem for me that some of his albums sounded like sounds of the swamp and some of them sounded like Talking Heads records,” he said. “I just thought that variety is normal. Now that variety is freaky, I’m happy to be freaky until variety comes back into fashion.”

IGN lists ten "even snobbier albums every music snob name checks." (see the original list)

With the Mountain Goats album, Heretic Pride out next Tuesday, the University of Alaska Anchorage's Northern Light interviews bassist Peter Hughes.

Q: From conflicting relationships to talking animals, your Web site says that your lyrics are central to the whole enterprise. Can you describe the lyrical content of "Heretic Pride"?

A: It's a little bit different from the last several records that have all been pretty cohesive thematically. The monsters in those songs are metaphors for alienation and estrangement from the world. And that's something that comes from our lives on tour. It's hard to spend as much time as we do away from home in strange places and not feel that estrangement sometimes.

Drowned in Sound interviews two members of Yeasayer.

2007 was an amazing year for the band, having gone from virtual unknowns outside of your Brooklyn base to being one of the hottest tips for 2008. Do you feel under more pressure to deliver now?

Chris: I still feel like we are relative unknowns. I don't feel pressure. It's nothing compared to the pressure Radiohead must feel when they are working on a new record.

Although the press are onside at this moment in time, does it concern you that they may change their opinion of the band in the future? The dreaded backlash…

C: I'm sure they will. The only thing I'm worried about is getting criticised for remaining stagnant. We've gotten our fair share of bad reviews and I expect that there will be more, especially if we aren't doing our job and keeping people on their toes.

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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