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May 14, 2006

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Newsweek examines Warner Music and their successful approach to "indie" music.


Grandaddy's Jason Lytle speaks to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"It's just kind of funny, the fact that my brain ... well, I can't seem to stay away from playing music. So I'm trying to sing and play guitar now, miles away from everything -- the fresh air, the people, it's really beautiful here -- and just not think about [what to do next], or maybe work out some way where I just don't need [the industry]."


Author David Mitchell talks to Newsday.


The Greenwich Time lists some of the author Jack Kerouac's memorabilia coming up for auction.


The Appleton Post-Crescent discusses the current crop of protest music.


The Arizona Republic examines the financial connection between films and the blockbuster novels that spawn them.

Paul Michael Privateer, a professor of film and media at Arizona State University, is willing "to go out on a limb and say The Da Vinci Code will surpass Titanic."

"You could always say that there's that inexplicable question mark of why a book doesn't do very well but its film version goes gangbusters, or vice versa. There are so many variables," Privateer says. "(But) I would say that perhaps more than anything else, what's bothering a culture the most will sell books and will sell films. . . . And since we're clearly in an era of culture wars, a film that gets us back to the basis of Christianity (is) going to have a bigger play. . . .

"This is going to be a big film."


The Block Island Times profiles Harry and the Potters.

This is indie rock at its funnest and most accessible, served with a message parents can embrace: "Reading is fun! Read!" the duo exhort listeners. Kids often attend the packed performances dressed as favorite Potter characters, although it isn't required.


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel interviews author Anne Tyler.

Q. In some places, your new novel almost reads like a literary love letter to your late husband - would that be a fair assessment?

A. Oh, yes. It's a love letter twice over, really - both in its reflections on what it's like to lose a spouse and in its celebration of Iranian families. (My late husband, who immigrated from Iran in 1959, could claim over 300 relatives, all of whom he knew intimately.) When I was writing about the Yazdans and the Hakimis, so many fond memories of my in-laws were resurrected.


The Los Angeles Times profiles the used CD trading site, Lala.com, and discusses the project with record company executives.

"This is a nudge-nudge, wink-wink way to get around the law," said Ted Cohen, senior vice president of digital development at EMI Music. "It makes it easier for people to copy CDs and steal music. Why would the music industry do anything to encourage a company like this?"


MP3.com offers gift album suggestions for mom on mother's day.


Not PC pares down the Clash's London Calling to a single album, "sans dreck."


3 Beads of Sweat shares some Mountain Goats photos from over the years.


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