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February 6, 2006


The New Yorker published a Haruki Murakami short story this week, "Shinagawa Monkey."

As befits an Opry church service, Neil Young: Heart of Gold sometimes veers into kitsch: A dissonance or two might have cut through that homogenizing wash of strings. But Demme is in such perfect sync with Young’s music that even the painted prairie backdrop (and the painted farmhouse interior screen, complete with hearth, that slides in front of it) only makes you roll your eyes in retrospect.

The New Yorker reviews the Neil Young documentary film, Heart of Gold.

Stylus "plays god" with Ryan Adams' 2005 output, condensing three albums into one.

Dawgnet lists five albums "to get hyped about in 2006."

The Reagan Presidential Library lists films Ronald Reagan watched during his presidency.

Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis talks to the Daily Scotsman about recording her solo album.

"It just sort of happened that I recorded the songs so I wouldn't forget them," she says. "Mostly I wanted to simplify the process a little bit. With Rilo Kiley it's very involved and we spend a lot of time arranging. I just wanted to get the songs out and I wanted the songs really to be the focus, old-school style."

Indiewire unveils the 2006 SXSW Film Festival lineup.

Stream and/or download the recent Alexandria show by Laura Veirs and Colin Meloy courtesy of NPR.

Yesterday, the Sunday Herald published an extract from Kurt Vonnegut's latest book, Man Without a Country: A Memoir Of Life In George W. Bush’s America.

But I know now that there is not a chance in hell of America becoming humane and reasonable. Because power corrupts us, and absolute power corrupts us absolutely. Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many lifeless bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.

The Oregonian chronicles their experience last year at SXSW.


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