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April 4, 2006


Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne talks to the Toronto Star.

"If you're not careful, you can just stumble into a gear and make the same record over and over and convince yourself it's new," said Coyne during an interview yesterday at a Toronto hotel. "In a sense, we almost force ourselves to do something new — even if it's not something we're good at."

The new York Sun reviews the new Raconteurs album.

White Stripes fans may not love much of this album, but they should take note of it anyway. Judging from his statements in the press, the Raconteurs may not be a sabbatical for White so much as an evolution. "You've always got to let the music dictate where you go," he recently told the Los Angeles Times."You die as a musician when you stop exploring."

The New Yorker profiles Muzak.

The Detroit Free Press shares five things about singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Popmatters interviews singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan.

What about Devendra? You recorded the vocals for a song on his album Rejoicing in the Hands.

Devendra sent me a song and I put it into my computer. I printed out the words and pinned them to my door in my little cupboard room where I work. I recorded my voice over his. Where I had to go across the floor to turn the computer off, there were creaking boards. I sent it back to him, not knowing if he was going to be able to do anything with it, but next I knew it was on the album complete with the floorboards. I hadn't met him at that point.

Stylus reappraises Soul Asylum's Made To Be Broken album.

Bishop Allen's third EP of 2006, March, is available at their website, where you can download the excellent "Monitor."

Watch Morrissey's video for "You Have Killed Me."

Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon talks to Drowned in Sound.

Looking back in hindsight at the mid nineties, what are your thoughts on Britpop?

It was desperately English. Grotesque, really. Blur were a little bit bogged down with this sort of mock Tudor world, a caricature. You can't tell the difference between some English and American bands these days. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. I thought maybe my stuff might get popular in America because of it but now I don't care. I don't want them copying English music. I like the Arctic Monkeys singing in broad accents. I suppose that's why I use stupid words like 'daft' and 'flipping heck' because I'm a bit sick of the things like buzz words, catchphrases, sound bites. That's so American, it's all disgusting. I stick to using the vocabulary I had when I'm twelve. The less they understand the better.

DIY Rockstar has set up an Mp3/Music Blog Wiki.

Centro-matic's Will Johnson talks to Chartattack.

"The chemistry has become a little more involved and complex between all of us as musicians, and we're picking up more instruments now during the recording sessions than we did early on," explains Johnson. "It's just a natural evolution of friendship and musicianship and, hopefully, translating that friendship through the songs and the shows."

New Zealand's Varsity lists the ten best and worst album titles ever.

Rolling Stone lists 10 bands to watch in 2006.