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April 30, 2006

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Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet talk to Jim DeRogatis about their album, Under the Covers, Vol. I.

"Having been there and done that with all of the ways that records are put out and the kind of huge marketing machine that you go through ... Well, we've seen it all, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, and this time we just wanted to make this music for fun. We just wanted to make a record that we love, and we did, and I hope that everybody can hear that."


Naeem Juwan of Spank Rock talks to the Boston Globe.

"You go to a punk show and there's a certain energy in there that hip-hop shows are lacking right now but I think had when hip-hop was just beginning," he says. ''I really wanted to make my shows have that really intense energy to them."


The Biloxi Sun-Herald reviews John Banville's The Sea, I loved this quite by author Christopher Moore:

Quoted recently in The New York Times, best-selling author Christopher Moore commented, "People, even really stupid people, are very complex. If you try to make a character as complex as a real person, then that's all your book will be about. They call that literary fiction. Hardly anything gets blowed up in literary fiction, so I don't write it."


The Grand Rapids Press lists the twenty books nominated for the 2006 Michigan Notable Books Award, including the wonderful The Lake, the River, and the Other Lake by Steve Amick.


The Boston Globe examines online entertainment critics.


The Orlando Sun-Sentinel suggests books to "enhance your fashion sense."


The Observer wonders how much music transferred to iPods in Britain is legal under current UK law.


Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett talks to Dublin's Event Guide about his moniker.

“Naming yourself after a large corporate entity, which is the largest video game in the world, it’s like naming yourself Lord of the Rings or something. And in a way, naming yourself after a large corporate entity is kind of like the opposite of naming your music after yourself. It’s kind of making it as unattached from yourself as you possibly can.”


The Observer profiles music legend Neil Young, calling him, "the conscience of America."


In the New York Times, singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell reminisces about the great radio D.J.'s of the past.


Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo talks to the New York Times.

"The last few years were probably the most intense I've ever experienced, and so having this record is a great joy," he said a few hours before heading to the Continental. "It's like starting again for me. And after 30 years, that's a great thing to be able to say."


The Court and Spark's M.C. Taylor talks to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I've always been a fan of oblique writing. The lyrics mean something specific to me, but I have a fear about using plain language, so I use words that aren't recognizable as a story. I like to paint mental pictures, rather than writing a straight narrative. I like sparseness and carefully chosen words. Joan Didion is a big influence of mine. She can conjure up vast, elaborate pictures in your mind with just a few words."


The Palm Beach Post interviews singer-songwriter Fiona Apple.

Q: The new album was your best debut (on the charts), and it wound up on a lot of critics' Top 10 lists, including my own. Does that define success to you? How do you define success?

A: Really, just that it's out and that I did it the way I wanted to do it, and got my way. I feel successful the times in my life when I can look around at the people I have working with me, and know that there's not one person I don't absolutely adore individually, that I don't absolutely trust and respect and admire. That makes me feel really smart and savvy even to have surrounded myself with such wonderful people. I don't know if that answers your question . . .


British footballers have made a film encouraging children to read.

The players talk about their favourite books and why they like reading in an attempt to encourage children aged nine to 12 to take it up. It is part of a wider initiative by the National Literacy Trust. 'The bottom line is that lots of children are besotted with football,' said Jim Sells, manager of the scheme. 'Teachers say to us they have been waiting their whole school lives to have a tool like this. We picked these players because they are passionate about reading.'


Mike Skinner of the Streets takes the San Francisco Chronicle's "pop quiz."

Q: "War of the Sexes" is about Neil Strauss' novel "The Game," which delves into the world of weird Hollywood pickup artists. Aren't you afraid of turning into a creepy old man?

A: No, I think it's a positive book. There are some pretty extreme characters in it, but even Neil ends up seeing that for what it is. It shows that men need to increase their chances. They need to help themselves.


Author Eudora Welty's jackson, Mississippi home has been opened as a museum.

Suzanne Marrs wrote a biography of Eudora Welty. She shares stories with visitors before they enter the home.

“I want them to see the environment that helped inspire a writer. They will see manuscript pages that are pinned together; they see where she worked; they'll see the books that she read," stated Marrs.


The Guardian wonders if Quidditch is "the wost fake sport ever."

If you are unfamiliar with the rules of this alleged sport, it is best described as a combination of three bad games which almost unimaginably contrives to be worse than the sum of its parts.


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