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May 21, 2006


Two members of the Box Tops talk to the Lancaster News about the band's history.

"We were just kids in a band who sounded like whatever group were we trying to sound like: the Rascals, Beach Boys, Beatles … Two of us were still in high school," he said during telephone interviews with the band. "We never had any creative control. Really, the only thing we had that was distinctive was Alex's voice."

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut talks to the Boston Globe about his jazz tribute to indie rock band, Pavement.

The idea for the "Gold Sounds" project originated with Jake Cohn and David Elkins of Brown Brothers Recordings, and Chestnut admits to being skeptical about it early on.

''At first listen, I was like, 'Oh really?' " Chestnut recalls. ''But I'm never the type of person that just chucks something out right away. And as I started to listen to it more, it was like, 'OK, this is interesting.' "

According to the Times, George Thorogood is best for driving music.

When John Peel, the nation’s best-loved DJ, was interviewed for these pages two years ago he was asked what he liked listening to in the car. “My favourite driving CD would comprise the first four tracks of an EP by George Thorogood, including a version of Elmore James’s The Sky Is Crying,” said Peel. “Wow,” says Thorogood, ahead of a European tour that brings him to London, Belfast and Dublin next month. “That’s not bad at all. I’ll take it.”

The Independent profiles Thom Yorke, protest singer.

The Observer takes a look at Picador Shots, the collection of short stories published one at a time.

This is why Picador Shots are cleverly named. While they nod to the word 'short', what they really suggest is a brandy thrown to the back of the throat, a sharp draught of something to help you get through the day. This is exactly what short stories are like. You swig one down and the effect it has on you is inverse to the investment of time you have made in it. A novel is consumed in many sittings, a short story is a single binge.

The San Francisco Chronicle previews summer's book releases.

Jim DeRogatis examines the musicians' lawsuit (including Cheap Trick, among others) against Sony BMG about digital download royalties.

As an electronic retailer, Apple keeps about 30 cents of every tune it sells. Cheap Trick's manager, Dave Frey, believes the artist and the label should be splitting the remaining 70 cents, especially since the label has almost no manufacturing or distribution costs. But Sony is paying Cheap Trick only about 4.5 cents per song.

The Philadelphia inquirer examines the growth in online poetry communities.

In other words, as with the blogosphere vs. the MSM, online poetry has something to do with getting around official gatekeepers. But not everything. Far more important seems to be that sense of community, and the opportunity to share one's work and have it judged - and critiqued - by other poets. Lisa Janice Cohen, of Blue Muse Poetry (, moderates an online poetry community and is an active member of Forward Motion for Writers (, an Internet writing community. She wrote that "the promise and the strength of the Internet has nothing to do with commerce, and everything to do with linking communities of common interests. Through Wild Poetry Forum ( and Forward Motion, I have access to a group of writers from all over the world who come together simply because they all have a reverence for the power of the written word."

Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein shares her current music playlist with the New York Times.


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