Here's a bunch of stuff, mostly from Pitchfork, I've found interesting, amusing, and diverting lately.
"But, I think that there's this middle that I'm pushing with this record. Because, as I said earlier, it's endings and beginnings, you know, those are the addictions. That's all that people can see or hear or want to read about or see in films. And the middle is where the responsibility lies." --Kevin Drew
A Stephen Malkmus double-dactyl:
Heaven Is a Jick
Malkmus the Pavorite:
Beautiful spokestud for
Slackers and 'tards.
Lucky for him I'm so
Out of the cards.
Amanda Petrusich is seemingly unstoppable. First these wonderful, excellent, smart interviews with Lou Reed and PJ Harvey, and now this lovely, quiet, thoughtful post for Powell's on Joan Didion and the myth of California (via).
Here's a video of Peter Moren (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Carl Newman covering the Association's "Never My Love" at some dude's wedding. It's very ad hoc, but I could listen to cover versions of this song for days on end.