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February 13, 2005


The booking agency for the Mountain Goats has listed some spring tour dates for the band:
03/04 Fri, Greensboro NC, Gate City Noise w/ TBA
03/23 Wed, Austin TX, Emo’s w/ Black Mountain, Crystal Skulls
03/24 Thu, Houston TX, Mary Jane's Fat Cat w/ Black Mountain, Crystal Skulls
03/25 Fri, Denton TX, Rubber Gloves w/ Black Mountain, Crystal Skulls
03/26 Sat, Lubbock TX, Space 1110 w/ TBA
03/27 Sun, Norman OK, The Opolis w/ TBA
03/28 Mon, Fayetteville AR, JR’s Lightbulb Club w/ TBA
03/30 Wed, Lawrence KS, Jackpot Saloon w/ TBA
03/31 Thu, Omaha NE, Sokol Underground w/ TBA

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talks to the Miami Herald about rehab and the band's new lineup. "Any time you eliminate something that occupied a large part of your life -- in other words, don't wake up and have to spend four or five hours trying to track down drugs ... it's gonna change just the sheer amount of time you have to do stuff."

Philip French eulogizes playwright Arthur Miller for the Observer. "Miller never gave up his tempered idealism or his commitment to humane values and the prospect of a better, more just society."

The New York Times hates the '80's (its music, at least).

Thrasher's Wheat has started a petition for an official release of Neil Young's 1973 album, Time Fades Away.

Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes talks to the San Francisco Chronicle. "My songs always focus on salvation through music and love and that kind of stuff. Even when I'm writing what is a pretty depressing number-- and I know I sometimes write depressing stuff-- I like to try to sew some silver lining into it."

A British locomotive is being named after Clash member Joe Strummer.

Ani DiFranco talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about the her new album and the state of the music industry. "The corporate overthrow of our whole society does not help any of us independent or small-business owners. On every level of the music industry, indie record stores are closed, indie promoters locked out of venues because Clear Channel has bought up every last live performance venue and has exclusive deals with their corporate promoters, indie radio completely gobbled by corporate conglomerates with very restrictive play lists."

Mack Williams took some excellent photos at the January Drive-By Truckers shows in Athens.

Nina Gordon vs. NWA: the video

Newsweek calls for an intervention for actor Robert DeNiro's career.