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April 17, 2006


Rainer Maria guitarist Kyle Fischer is interviewed by the Raleigh News & Observer.

Q - Your new album sounds so different from your previous work. How did you approach it?

A - We knew immediately that we were writing a very different record. There was a real urge to make the songs really communicate and have them be narratives that were not only personally significant but also really immediate.

The Streets are #1 on the UK album charts with The Hardest Way to make and Easy Living.

Monroeville, Alabama is opening a permanent Truman Capote exhibit, which will reside in the same building as an exhibit dedicated to the works of Harper Lee (a Monroeville resident). interviews Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

MG- Even though Wilco is primarily a song-based band, your side-projects have a pronounced emphasis on improvisation.

GK- I do a lot of free improvising. I do several shows a year where I will gather several musicians I’ve never played with before. We will just feel each other out and get a good vibe. I was doing that alot before I joined Wilco. Nels Cline does the same thing. It is kind of an off-shoot of jazz, where there are no tunes, no scales, just sound. That’s what I love about Wilco, all the different influences which come into play. John [Stirratt] and Pat [Sansone] come from a much more traditional pop background. Just beautiful, ‘70s sun baked pop. In think, recently, with the live show you can hear a bunch of those different influences coming into play.

Australia's The Age interviews Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow.

"Blogs have a different way of writing news and breaking news," says the site's co-editor, Cory Doctorow, who is in Australia on a lecture tour. "Newspapers can't go to print saying 'we've heard something but we're not too sure'. With blogs, this is not only possible but desirable. You say: 'I've noticed something, what do you think?' People add to the story, you update it." reviews Florida's Langerado Music Festival.

Runner's World interviews author Haruki Murakami.

Why do you run, when did you start?

I began running on an everyday basis after I became a writer. As being a writer requires sitting at a desk for hours a day, without getting some exercise you'd quickly get out of shape and gain weight, I figured. That was 22 years ago. I also took it as a chance to quit smoking. You see, I became rapidly healthier since the time I became a writer. You may call it rather a rare case.

The Streets will be streaming their new album, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, on their MySpace page starting April 18th, and announced 2006 North American tourdates.

Britains' favorite lyric is by U2.

A poll to find Britain’s favourite pop lyric has been topped by U2 with a line from the song One which goes: “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers.”

Australia's The Age profiles Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Financial Times eulogizes author Muriel Spark.


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