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April 18, 2006


The Sacramento Bee interviews Susanna Hoffs about her project with Matthew Sweet, Under the Covers, Vol. 1.

Q: Were there any particular parameters for the songs?

A: At one point, we realized we had this batch of really obscure songs, and then Matthew threw out (the Mamas & the Papas') "Monday, Monday," and I asked if it was OK if it was a hit song, and Matthew said, "Why not?"

NME lists Morrissey's UK tourdates.

USA Today gives the new Drive-By Truckers album, A Blessing and a Curse, three stars.

Nirmala Basnayake of Controller.Controller talks to Popmatters.

"Clearly we've offended two different camps," Basnayake says, referring to American critics who demand the band they were two years ago, when History was recorded, and the Canadian cynics who want History rewritten to reflect those two years of growth.

"We didn't make [a record] to please anybody in particular. You can't do that. You can't go and make an album that you hope will please critics because then it will just be blatant and overwrought and ridiculous. So, we go in and make what me make and if people think it's not dance-y enough, maybe there will be some remixes. And if people feel like it's a little too dance-y and there is not enough soul searching than I don't know, maybe we can talk."

Keep up with author Haruki Murakami through the Livejournal community devoted to his work.


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