July 08, 2004

Who says you can't fit 100 songs on a mix cd? Download "Big Songs for Little Attention Spans."

Even Indianapolis will celebrate the centennial of poet Pablo Neruda's birth.

"If an English indie band draw more than 10 people to a New York gig, the NME will announce that said band are conquering America. Any UK rap act that manages to get through a live set without being attacked is described as a raging success." The Guardian explores the success of UK bands in the United States.

"The blog also serves as a musical diary for my own purposes," Perpetua said. "It's interesting to go back through it and see what I was interested in, and how my tastes ebb and flow." Matt Perpetua of the wonderful mp3 blog Fluxblog talks to Reuters about his weblog and the genre.

"Already familiar to anyone who caught the band on tour for Turn on the Bright Lights, this striking return nails the precarious balancing act between affirming an established sound and expanding upon it, something that seems to elude 99 per cent of acclaimed bands after their first album." John Sakamoto lurves the new Interpol single.

The Boston Phoenix chronicles Continuum's 33 1/3 series on author's favorite albums.

"What I've learned through my life and through my singing is that the less you give and the quieter you are, then the more people will listen," says Stevens. "And there's just a lot of hype and flourishes and circus acts going on all over the place in popular music, and everyone's vying desperately for attention. But I think that what that does is it exhausts the listener, and that people are really ready for music that's quiet and sophisticated and that's soft-spoken." Sufjan Stevens preaches on in an interview with Atlanta's Creative Loafing.

"What thrills the blogerati is that unlike the indie-rockers who've raided the territory (Notwist, Postal Service), Greenspan is a techno adept whose beats yield no quarter." Toronto's Globe and Mail credits bloggers for at least part of the Junior Boys recent success.

Posted by david on July 08, 2004

thanks for the "big songs for little attention spans" link. "country mikes theme song" made it in there... i cant wait for volume 2.

Posted by: jessica on July 8, 2004 11:29 AM

The Vonnegut art show on Friday (http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/159481-3393-065.html ), the Neruda poetry reading on Monday, and a new album by The Roots on Tuesday. This is already looking to be a great week.

Posted by: david on July 8, 2004 04:31 PM

Just a general comment: I love your site and visit daily. But two things have really started to grate on me. The first is the huge image, the logo I suppose, at the top of the home page. It takes awhile to load and when it does, it shoves the text which I've already started to read, halfway down the page - just an observation that some other regular readers have also noticed.
Second is your habit of quoting an excerpt of an article or interview before telling us who is speaking. Personally I find this an unnatural way to deliver news, but perhaps it is just me.
All aside, I do love the site and hope you keep up the good work. Thanks.

Posted by: Nick on July 8, 2004 10:00 PM
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