Around the Voice: Neither David Bazan Nor Stephin Merritt Should Be Accused of Pandering

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Not a racist album, by any means
In our sister print publications this week:

Ex-Pedro the Lion David Bazan tells the OC Weekly: "I don't ever see myself pandering."

LA Weekly profiles movie soundtrack badass Lalo Schifrin, who indirectly made Portishead's "Sour Times" a possibility.

In Houston Press, Ben Westhoff gets Geto Boy Big Mike to spill about his criminal past and talk about about moving on.

Village Voice on Titus Andronicus' epic new Civil War album, The Monitor:
Instead, like Sarah Vowell with her history memoirs, Stickles uses the Civil War as a loose framework for a series of anthemic battle cries concerned more with self-actualization than mere re-enactment, addressing both historical concerns and the thoroughly modern perils of getting fucked up and drinking too much whisky and disappointing your parents and coping with people telling you that you'll always be a loser.
Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin didn't have to spend Valentine's Day alone, according to SF Weekly.

Finally, the always-prickly Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt plays genre bully in the Riverfront Times: "I have no idea of folk. I was just using other people's [term]. I think folk is a ridiculous marketing category, and it's based on racism. I don't endorse it in any way."
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