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April 6, 2006

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Singer Nut Brown from They Shoot Horses Don't They speaks to the Waterloo Record about the band's formation.

"We were all doing art and music, and just started gravitating toward each other out of this love of making noise," he says. "Some of us are still involved in other projects, so this has sort of become my baby. The committee has their say with all of my ideas, but we also try to do a lot of spontaneous stuff. It's really important for us to capture things we make up on the spot."


Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs talks to the Winnipeg Sun.

"This was never intended to be a true band -- it's an imprint of mine to put out records with this configuration. I'm the only member who cannot quit or be fired. The band I have right now have been around for two or three years, and they seem to think it's permanent. Of course, there's a slim but distinct possibility that the band will be different by the time you see it."


The Guardian explores books that "move" men.


Popmatters recaps the First Annual New York Comic Con.


Broken Social Scene's Jason Collett talks to the Kansas City Star.

“Kevin (Drew) would say, ‘There’s no sense in just making a good record. There are a lot of good records out there. Let’s make a great record.’ I didn’t want to just make a good, linear singer/songwriter record. The genre is full of records like that. I wanted to transcend it.”


Raleigh's Independent Weekly examines the Sony BMG payola scandal and its affect on area record labels.


Singer-songwriter Neko Case speaks to Newsday.

"For what I hear my songs sounding like in my head, that's the kind of production, I think," says Case, by phone from her tour bus between Minneapolis and Milwaukee. "Which isn't a very popular way to do things these days. A lot of studio engineers, when you first meet them, will be like, 'You want what?'"


Singer-songwriter Dar Williams' second young adult novel is due out in June.

Williams' second novel, "Lights, Camera, Amalee," will be out in June, preceded in May by the paperback of her literary debut, 2004's "Amalee." The two books follow the adventures of a young girl interested in things more important than her social life.

"I tried to remember this period in my life where I was starting to get an adult interest in the world, but my brain wasn't yet filled up with other things," Williams says. "Because there is a time in your life when you really care about things like ancient Egypt and rain forests - somewhere around the age of 9 to 13. So that's who these books are written for."


Centro-matic's Will Johnson talks to Pitch Weekly about songwriting.

"A lot of times, I just get up in the morning and start writing," Johnson says. "There's no real set process, and there shouldn't be, or you're thinking too much about the writing. And that kills the song."


Padma Lakshmi, Mrs. Salman Rushdie, talks to the Times online.

These days she is writing her second cookbook, reading voraciously (Brillat-Savarin, Antonia Fraser) and looking for acting gigs: “I just want people to see me for my work and not just as somebody’s wife.”

She warms to her theme: “In fact, I’d have to be really dumb to think that being with a writer was going to help with an acting career. I live in America. They don’t give a shit about that stuff.”


Kathryn Yu profiles Shearwater for NPR.


No Love For Ned features singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler as an in-studio guest this week on the streaming radio program.


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