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September 12, 2005


Author Kurt Vonnegut discussed current affairs yesterday in an interview with NPR's Weekend Edition.

Gothamist interviews one of my favorite bands, Of Montreal.

Is there a difference in the New York music scene from your own local scene?
Yes I’d say so. Right now there seems to be a ton of really cool bands popping up in NY and most of them are signing record contracts and touring the world and performing on Conan and whatever. The scene in Athens,GA is pretty laid back. Most of the bands that form break up within a year or so. People here don’t seem as image conscious and don’t seem as motivated to turn their band into the next big thing. It seems like it’s more just about having fun and partying here.

Stream CocoRosie's BBC Collective performance and interview.

“That's very difficult for us to do,” says Bianca Casady, one half of the sister duo, CocoRosie. I've asked them to describe their music. “It's sort of an eclectic montage,” she tries. “There are distinct classical influences. There's opera singing and we work with our beatboxer Spleen, who does vocal percussion. We float around between a few different instruments and use a bunch of unconventional percussion things. Like toys. That's the best I can do. I think our music's a little bit scary at times.” What's scary about it? I ask. Bianca smiles. “Well, I think my voice is kinda scary.”

also: Drowned in Sound reviews the new CocoRosie album, Noah's Ark.

However after a few listens the darkness starts to shift and merge into a thing of real beauty; the record's twin themes of religion and childhood (Coco and Rosie were the sisters' playground nicknames) creating an atmosphere of both beguiling naivety and deep profundity.

Threadless is making a $10 donation to the Red Cross for every "Regrowth: Katrina" t-shirt that is purchased (over $70,000 has been raised so far).

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John Vanderslice will guest on WNYC's Soundcheck at 2 p.m. this afternoon (Eastern US time). After the show, his performance and interview will be available for both streaming and downloading.

Litwack reviews the iPod nano, and has only one complaint.

The complaint is: in an un-Steve-Jobs-like oversight, the charging/sync cable that comes with the black unit is WHITE. Wha happened?

Wired News reads video game novels.

Make:Blog reviews the iPod nano and checks its compatibility with current iPod accessories.

Finland rocks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews Saturday night's Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/The Nationals show.

Live Music Blog features a podcast (or in Justin's case, a "jamcast"). Currently featured on the jamcast is Phish's New year's Eve millenium celebration from 1999.

Paul McCartney talks to Time about being a 64 year-old rocker.