Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:
The ever amusing John Roderick turns his muse to cat-eating coyotes, Jonathan Coulton's geek-rock and the demographics of Duran Duran fans in another Reverb Residency entry.
Speaking of Duran Duran, I wonder what's up with those guys? Oh, I see: this is what they're up to.
The self-indulgent spectacle of Kanye West's sci-fi-themed rap musical tour draws strong praise from Tom Breihan.
At long last the Flaming Lips' epic sci-fi drug freakout/Christmas movie is finished, and the band's singer Wayne Coyne shares his feelings about it and plans for it on the eve of its debut.
American Music Club's Mark Eitzel shares his thoughts on L.A., songwriting and songs that are almost too painful to sing.
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In the latest sign the Flobots have made it big, they've now been parodied by an Arizona DJ who turned the hit "Handlebars" into a look at the bar dating scene in Scottsdale, Arizona. Congratulations, boys.
They are big in Japan, thanks to a sound that blends elements of the Beatles, Bowie and Radiohead. Now, this blog makes a good case that Arizona band Blackmarket should take off here, if there's any justice in the world.
Nostalgia is a powerful thing indeed, when even limp, tepid "rockers" like Bryan Adams can still generate some affection by churning out acoustic versions of his '80s hits.
In case you had any lingering doubt that the RIAA's alarmist shrieking about the death of music is nothing but a hyperbole-fueled guilt trip, take a look at this gem from the past about home taping. It's like they recycled all the "facts" and "figures," substituting "file sharing" for "home taping." -- Cory Casciato