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March 7, 2008


The Irish Independent profiles the Ting Tings.

You can't blame White and De Martino if they seem a little fazed by their white knuckle ride from obscurity. Even by the hyperbole-splashed standards of UK music -- where the build 'em up, knock 'em down tradition has the status of holy writ -- theirs has been a breathtaking ascent. Formed a little over 18 months ago, The Ting Tings had played only three shows -- and had three songs in their set -- when they kicked off a major labels scrum for their signature. By the time they got around to their fourth gig -- performed in the same converted mill-house where we are talking today -- Def Jam big kahuna Rick Rubin was trying to score an invite.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to the works of comics legend Alan Moore.'s The Ticket lists the top 40 Irish albums of all time.

JamBase interviews Yoko Ono.

Variety reports that Miramax and producer Scott Rudin have acquired the film rights to The Unnamed, the upcoming novel by Joshua Ferris.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian's Noise blog interviews Why?'s Yoni Wolf about jogging and touring with the Silver Jews.

The Guardian gives a recent Neil Young live performance a perfect five stars.

An encore of Cinnamon Girl ends with a lengthy, startling coda: whenever you think it has finished, Young starts making a racket again. As metaphors for his own remarkable career go, it is perfectly apt.

Blender lists songs you didn't know were covers.

Cracked lists 6 music industry tricks that must die.

Harp profiles Dead Confederate.

With a band displaying such a firm grip on a myriad of styles, you’d think they’d credit other musicians as influences. “Jackson Pollock’s art is a big inspiration to me,” counters Senn. “It’s punk to me. Immediate, no frills, primal, emotional. I write songs like I imagine Pollock painted.”

IGN lists ten cover tunes "worth wrapping your ears around."

Houstonist interviews Nicole Atkins.

There is a definite dramatic and nostalgic quality to your music, what did you listen to while growing up?

Everything from Franki Valli, Roy Orbison, Slayer, Butthole Surfers, the Sundays, Pavement, Traffic, Led Zeppelin and the Flying Burrito Brothers. I was all over the place. Unfortunately being from Jersey I also went through a brief Bon Jovi period.

BBC News lists five things that Dungeons and Dragons begat.

NPR's All Songs Considered previews next week's SXSW.

The Futurist offers a couple of in-studio mp3s from Soft's recent WOXY Lounge Acts session.

Nextbook interviews Elisa Albert about her novel, The Book of Dahlia

see also: Albert's recent Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

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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