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August 26, 2008

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The Guardian reports that Led Zeppelin is working on new material.


Den of Geek lists 10 geek books that have yet to be a decent film.


The Omaha World-Herald wonders if Omaha is losing its cool.

Losing its reputation as an indie capital would hurt more than Omaha's cool factor, said Kirsten Case-Penrod of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. A Saddle Creek demise, Case-Penrod said, would likely weaken the arts community as a whole. That would in turn weaken the recruitment and retention of young professionals, many of whom tell chamber officials that the arts and music scene is one of the Omaha's most appealing features.

The World-Herald also examines the signature sounds of American cities.


Elbow's Guy Garvey talks to The Seldom Seen Kid.


In the Jungle lists 16 websites where you can promote your music.


Opentape is open source software to easily upload and share mixtapes.


All Music, All Blogs lists many music blogs of assorted genres.


The Bay Bridged interviews singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura.

BB: How important has the internet been to your career?

GN: It’s been crucial. Around 2002 I started posting the songs from my first album to a totally ghetto webpage I threw together, just hoping someone would find it by accident and download it and dig it. I wasn’t even thinking of selling it, or releasing it on a mass scale. It was more of a message in a bottle in hopes of connecting with someone, any kindred spirit just surfing around who might be doing the same thing. Luckily, I started to meet some bloggers through mutual friends, and they started to link and blog about me, which was really nice of them. Then, last year I had a music video featured on the Youtube homepage directed and conceived by my friend Dino Ignacio. The response was incredible, I was getting messages from all over the world… it was like a virtual tour.


The Los Angeles Times' Soundboard blog interviews Fox News correspondent (and music blogger) Howard Wolfson.

How has the traffic and feedback been so far for Gotham Acme?

Traffic has been decent, and I've had good feedback. It’s funny, I’ve gotten a number of e-mails from people who say, "I saw you on TV during the campaign. I’m a big Obama supporter and didn’t appreciate what you were saying, but I like your taste in music and I’m going to read your blog.”


Threadless is holding a "2 Cool 4 School" sale, all t-shirts are on sale for $12.


Drowned in Sound profiles Bowerbirds.

On paper, Bowerbirds may be one of the most picture-perfect twee-as-folk indie bands around. They’re made up of Phil Moore (guitar and vocals), Beth Tacular (accordion and vocals) and Mark Paulson (violin, piano and vocals). They’re named after an Australian species of which the male lures females by building a spectacularly decorated nest adorned with blue flowers, shells and stones.


Pitchfork has news of a new tour EP from the Mountain Goats.


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