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January 19, 2007


Singer-songwriter Lisa Gerrard talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about fame.

"I don't even know what it means [to be famous]," Gerrard says before characteristically examining the word and breaking down its sounds. "Fam-uss or fay-muss. It's a good sound parse but I don't know." Nor does she want to know, declaring herself rather averse to anything that hints of "celebrating the personality, instead of a way of understanding a natural frequency that we respond to through the work".

Stylus lists the top ten Dylan harmonica solos.

Popmatters offers a "field guide to unscripted exclamations in the pop-music wilderness."

Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards talks to the Austin Chronicle.

Wolf Notes has launched Parsefork, an aggregator of Pitchfork album reviews.

WXPN's World Cafe features Portastatic.

The Guardian gives the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album, Some Loud Thunder, 4 out of 5 stars.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer is instituting a "writer in residence program," featuring 12 authors (including Pete Dexter, Ellen Forney, and Tom Robbins).

Guardian readers created a playlist of songs about siblings.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird talks to the Sydney Morning Herald, and Gothamist reviews his recent NYC show.

411mania contributors list the "top 5 celebrities who should sit out 2007."

MNspeak notes the rising discontent with the 400 Bar in Minneapolis.

The Portland Mercury interviews Justin Ringle of Horse Feathers.

MERCURY: How has the reception to the record been?

JUSTIN RINGLE: For our first record, it's been really good. I really couldn't ask for more. I wrote a lot of this record in my room, thinking I wasn't going to play these songs for anybody. So, in that sense, the reception has been unbelievable.

Singer-songwriter-actor Will Oldham talks to the Guardian about his performance in the film, Old Joy.

"There was something all-around perfect about Old Joy," he says, "the way it came together and the way it was made, that I really appreciated. Not a lot of movies are made that way, where it's sort of like the rules are defined by the movie itself, and not by a bunch of, I don't know, unions or whatever."

Joanna Newsom talks to the Times Online about the ever-present Devendra Banhart comparisons.

“I love what Devendra’s doing, but in the case of certain other artists the comparison offends me. A lot of what I see out there is a real smug, knowing otherness. And meanwhile, I’m like . . .”

In what might be an all-time first, words momentarily fail her. “Singing your guts out?” I venture.

“Exactly. Honestly trying to delight in discovering new things that my voice can do.”

The Chicago Reader reviews Neal Pollack's memoir, Alternadad.

Nashville Cream posts a photo of Jeff Tweedy's recent solo show setlist, and explains the singer's rationales for choosing which songs to play.

Instead of a classic setlist, Tweedy explained that he always takes a list of all the songs he knows and crosses off the ones he doesn't like.

Austinist lists bands already confired for SXSW 2007.

T-shirt of the day: any shirt from Rosa Loves, which creates and sells great t-shirts, then gives a portion of the proceeds o good causes.

iJigg is a Digg-like website for bands to upload tracks and have them judged and discussed.

Big Rock Candy Mountain is asking for suggestions for a "top 100 drinking songs" list.

Three Imaginary Girls interviews Jason Bell of Stars of Track and Field.

see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation
this week's CD & DVD releases