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September 23, 2009

Shorties (Sunny Day Real Estate, James Ellroy, and more)

The Minneapolis City Pages interviews Dan Hoerner of Sunny Day Real Estate about the band's reunion.

Back in the late '90s, there were a bunch of great bands--Sunny Day Real Estate, The Promise Ring, Burning Airlines, Jets to Brazil, Braid--that were all called emo, and it seemed like a horrible name for some really quality music. But now it's an accurate name for some terrible music. At the time, did you feel any kind of connection to a scene or those other bands?

I definitely felt a connection with bands that cited Sunny Day as an influence from the sheer standpoint of being completely honored and completely blown away that somebody liked our music enough to consider it as something that inspired them. I never really looked at a band to see what they sounded like because every single band is just made up of monkeys with noisemakers who are just desperately trying to say something about their reality so it doesn't matter. Human beings have been making noise and trying to express themselves to each other as long as there's been human beings. So to me it's irrelevant whether they sound a little bit like this or a little bit like that.


James Ellroy talks to NPR's Morning Edition about his new novel, Blood's a Rover.


On sale at Amazon MP3:

Mike Doughty's 11-track Golden Delicious album for $2.99


NPR is streaming the new Lou Barlow album, Goodnight Unknown, in its entirety.


Pitchfork reports that Merge Records will reissue both Neutral Milk Hotel albums (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island) on vinyl on November 3rd.


NPR's All Songs Considered previews fall's most anticipated music releases.


NPR is streaming the new Avett Brothers album, I and Love and You in its entirety.


DCist interviews Luke Temple about his band, Here We Go Magic.


The I Love Music community discusses the best metal albums of 2009.


Win three Steve Keene paintings in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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