Odds & ends
Chad has a link to a very interesting article entitled, "Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands: Finding a Use for Elliott Smith," a cover story from the L.A. City Beat. As Chad says, "A whole lot of journalists/writers miss the boat entirely when writing on Elliott, but thankfully, Ron Garmon gets its right." Check it out.
Aquarium Drunkard has recently posted up two extensive and amazing collections of Ryan Adams music, and he shows no signs of abating. The man is on a roll. Let's all just stand back and let him do his thing (and hope he doesn't swallow his tongue). Check out the 48 Hours Sessions and Ryan Adams & The Cardinals complete Loft Sessions from XM Radio, and love Aquarium Drunkard as much as I do!
Why do you visit music blogs? A grad student from Florida is doing his thesis on this topic and wants to give you a chance to get fifty smackers in the form of an iTunes gift card to one lucky respondant. It takes about 5 minutes. Help a brother out.
I found these on eMusic and the bickering reminded me fondly of fighting with my own siblings:
Oasis: Wibbling Rivalry
Noel's Track (mp3) and
Liam's Track (mp3)
As the mother of a two-year-old, I have spent more time watching Blue's Clues than I really care to ("You've just figured out Blue's Clues, 'cuz you are very smart!"). I found it quite amusing when Nathaniel posted on the former host Steve, and the music he is making now. Who knew?! There is life after childrens' television!
Matthew Sweet takes his dulcet voice and teams up with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles (who were my first cassette tape ever in the fifth grade, which I still occasionally like to rock to when I feel the need to Walk Like An Egyptian) to release an album of '60s covers! What a splendid idea. You can stream three songs on their MySpace page: And Your Bird Can Sing (originally by The Beatles), Run To Me (Bee Gees), and Sunday Morning (Velvet Underground). Other songs covered on the album include tracks by the Beach Boys, Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, and Fuel friends The Zombies.
Overheard at the wharf yesterday between a English boy and his dad:
"Dad! The seals are so cool! I want to be a SEAL."
"Oh, well actually you are. I was going to wait until you were sixteen to tell you.
I found you on the beach, rehabilitated you. I think you've adjusted quite well."
File under COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY: Matt's got new Guns'N'Roses. Oh yes, you read me right. That was a name I personally never wanted to hear again. I thought Axl died. No? Apparently not. Huh.