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March 7, 2006

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Neko Case talks to the Toronto Star about her new album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

The album's rich imagery was inspired by ancient folk tales and storybooks from the singer's childhood.

"Russian and Ukrainian folklore is pretty dark," says Case, 35. "Sometimes I think it's a little depressing but they always make it so beautiful that I'm always lifted up by the beauty out of the depression."


Slate reviews Simon Reynolds' latest book, Rip It Up and Start Again in the form of a letter to the author.

see also: Reynolds' LHB "book notes" submission for the book


The Philadelphia Inquirer reviews one of my favorite books of last year, Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster.

One of the fascinating things about Voices From Chernobyl is the awful beauty in testimonies of pain and suffering. It's worth recalling that these are not writers or singers, but ordinary people who have forged language into a crutch, a sword, a shield, shelter.


Isobel Campbell talks to Popmatters.

"It seems to me that the women who come through as songwriters, maybe they have to be tough," she said. "Sometimes you have to just fight harder. I have balls in my own way. The women that do stick around are amazing women, like Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King."

Further, she said, women must fight harder for recognition, and might see eschewing projects like hers as self-preservation.

"There is more instant recognition for men," she said. "People always write about how sweet I am. They would never write that about a guy."


Stylus writes a "bluffers guide to Detroit techno."


Thanks (and a beer the next time I'm in Atlanta) to Cable and Tweed for pointing out the new Elephant6 blog, Optical Atlas.


Popstar Poetry writes odes to pop stars.


Warpcore SF offers a science fiction plot generator.


British prime minister Tony Blair has trouble programming his iPod.

Said Blair: "My daughter [Kathryn] does all the songs, I'm not very good with the technology, I'm not very good with any aspect of it."


SXSW is presenting a poster exhibition this year.


Douglas Wolk reviews the collection of comics inspired by Belle & Sebastian songs, Put the Book Back on the Shelf: A Belle & Sebastian Anthology.

Murdoch's songs are particularly resistant to the comics form; for all his lyrics' dramatic personae and striking imagery, they're hard to refashion into a short, visually compelling story. That's not surprising, actually. Most of Belle & Sebastian's lyrics aren't really narratives at all -- they just sound like they are.


ESPN's John Buccigross admits to having all of Elliott Smith's CDs.


The Longlist for the Orange Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday, and includes books by Zadie Smith and Joyce Carol Oates.


Clickz examines publishing's online marketing.


Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch was interviewed yesterday on NPR's Fresh Air.


Suicide Girls interviews Hank Williams III.

DRE: What made you want to cover your grandfather's song, I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You?

Hank: That's a live thing. I pay respects to where I came from like to my granddad, my dad, David Allen Coe and Johnny Cash. We always have a 15 minute part of the show that's nothing but paying respects, simple as that. We give all those punk rock kids that don't know who the f*ck who is in country music a little taste of some of the outlaws. They might identify with them in another eight to ten years when you get to their I want to kill everybody phase.


Yo La Tengo is playing their annual all-request benefit for one of the country's finest radio stations, WFMU from 8-11 pm EST.


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