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September 19, 2007


The 2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival downloads page was updated yesterday, with mp3 sets by the Arcade Fire, Spoon, M.I.A., and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Slate examines the current state of electronic music.

In Boston's Phoenix, Hallelujah the Hills frontman Ryan Walsh interviews his counterpart in Okkervil River, Will Sheff.

I read an interview where you mentioned that your yearly salary as a musician was similar to that of a 7-Eleven employee. Does that money mostly come from shows?

Yeah, mainly from shows and songwriting. Now my salary is more like a 7-Eleven manager. So that’s a step up. But most people make money from shows, not from record sales. When I was over in Italy, they were saying no one buys records anymore. So the new paradigm is, it’s all about the live show.

see also: Jami Attenberg's interview with Ryan Walsh for Largehearted Boy

CTV lists the 15 best intro guitar riffs in modern rock history.

LiveDaily interviews the members of Au Revoir Simone.

You mentioned how you’re all electronic, kind of keyboard, bass band. What are you guys listening to right now? Do you listen to bands that kind of sound the same or do you listen to the opposite?

I definitely don’t seek out other keyboard bands. I just listen and find music that I’m attracted to and it totally runs the gamut. I’ve been really into like folk and gospel music lately and different older stuff. There are electronic bands that I like. I think it’s a really funny question because right now we’re traveling in a rental car and we only have a cd player and we don’t have any cds, so we’re just basically listening to the radio! The other day I was listening to like evangelistic Christian messages in Spanish.

The A.V. Club interviews Andrew Broder and Mark Erickson of Fog.

Philadelphia Weekly recommends Saturday's Mountain Goats show.

You could say that John Darnielle, the voice of the Mountain Goats, writes love stories rather than music. Much of his material has a narrative and a distinct plot that unfolds over two or three minutes. But they’d have to be love stories by Todd Solondz. Darnielle’s furious guitar strum and his bitter, literate lyrics have been pinning down the dark side of love better than anyone for more than 15 years. So if you’ve experienced love that makes you want to scream “I hope you die! I hope we both die!”, go have yourself a catharsis.

Rolling Stone's Rock 'n Roll Daily recaps this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features an in-studio performance by They Might Be Giants.

Drawn pointed out Comix Interviews' hand-written interviews with comics legends like R. Crumb and Joe Matt.

WXPN's World Cafe features singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop with an interview and in-studio performance.

Drowned in Sound features a UK tour diary by the Black Lips' Cole Alexander.

CMJ has announced the nominees for its College Radio Awards.

Largehearted Boy contributor Jodi Chromey is a finalist for HP's Vox Writing Contest.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases