Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:
You've heard of this South by Southwest thing, right? The Village Voice sent some folks who reported on things like the giant pile of crap picture here, a killer set by the Constantines and an encounter with "the first one," Lou Reed.
An extended Q&A with the two minor league alt-rock legends, Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan, behind the Gutter Twins.
An inquiry into the meaning behind those laudatory blurbs on the covers of albums.
Delightful roast-beef sandwiches, a filmmaker convinced of a Masonic plot involving plastic owls, and "ten thousand Serpicos and not a single Annie Hall" are among the tribulations encountered during John Roderick's trip to New York.
Midwestern band So Many Dynamos finds the most Midwestern town in California and then forgoes the glitzy pleasures of L.A. for cheap beer and TV in this charming tour diary.
In another thoroughly post-modern and ludicrously surreal music-industry moment, Iggy and the Stooges cover Madonna. There's video to prove it at the link.
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Jeff Weiss gets high, scores some weed for later and ponders the greatness of Devin the Dude in one of his SXSW reports. What, you didn't really think you were free of SXSW coverage yet, did you?
Do you know the sparkling, gem-studded, stretch-panted wonder that is Leslie Hall? Oh, the humanity...
A final (I promise) look at SXSW, as a novice music reporter ends his night, and week, on a high note at a rare performance by soul-rarity Darondo.
Stoners of the world, unite and take over! Or just burn one, then sit back and read this Q&A with legendary stoner-rock band Blue Cheer founding member and inveterate weed-smoker Dickie Peterson. -- Cory Casciato