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May 7, 2006

Shorties

RIP, Grant W. McLennan of the Go-Betweens.


The Gwinnett Daily Post gets "reacquainted with the world of chick lit," reviewing several new books in the literary genre.


The American Chronicle gives awards for memorable Coachella moments.


The Toronto Star profiles local vinyl record stores.


Adam Stephens of Two gallants talks to Harp about his musical influences.

“I used to listen to a lot of loud, aggressive music, but around the age of 15, I started looking for something different,” says Stephens. “I discovered Muddy Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and that led me back to people like Skip James and Charley Patton. Their honesty and lack of commercial polish really appealed to me.”


Author Joyce Carol Oates talks to the Deseret News.

"Mystery novels have a different structure, they're more cinematic. When you write a literary novel you want to be as imaginative as possible. But with a suspense novel, you have to be concerned with movement of plot and be able to clear up the mystery at the end. You don't need to do that with literary fiction. I enjoy experimenting with forms."


Joe Goddard of Hot Chip talks to Scotland on Sunday.

"Our whole approach to making music is still very, very DIY," he says. "Really, we just have a bunch of old keyboards in a room and we sit about bashing around on them. I'm surprised we haven't got sick of each other to be honest."


The Observer examines the plight of the independent bookstore in the internet age.


The New York Times goes vinyl record shopping with DJ Turbo Terrific.

"The goal, of course, is to go through the whole collection," he said. "But the records shift around every day, so it's impossible to keep track of what you've already seen. I've heard guys talk about hiding downstairs overnight. If you brought food and a flashlight, and you weren't afraid of the rats, or the roaches, or these weird gooey bugs that live in the shelves, then it just might be possible to make it through the whole collection in one night."


The Observer profiles podcasting, and recommends the Coke Machine Glow offering in the genre.


In the Wall Street Journal, Cynthia Crossen lists her favorite best novels of the past 10 years.


Singer-songwriter Meghan Reilly explains her fascination with Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott to Harp.

“I have a deep admiration for [him],” Reilly says. “Despite loving his sexy rock ’n’ roll music, he also had this beautiful poetry, which harks back to my love of Ireland. I felt so saddened by his death, his mother’s love for him and their relationship. ” Additionally, Reilly covers Lynott’s “Little Girl in Bloom,” which is supposedly about Philomena Lynott’s experience as a single mother raising a black child in 1950s Ireland.


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