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June 4, 2006


Singer-songwriter Richard Thompson talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

But cool? No, says this 57-year-old British folk-rock icon. He'll stick to his own descriptions, thank you."Edgy and Nordic," he tells the Austin audience. "That's the way to go."

"I think whatever edge my songs have is already built in," Thompson said by phone last week from Los Angeles. "As for Nordic, there's a Northern European kind of sensibility to my music that isn't very relaxed. It's not warm-climate music.

"I guess that means I'm never going to become a cabaret singer."

The Toronto Star lists interesting food books, focusing on Bill Buford's Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as a Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany. I'll probably pick up the book, since I just finished (and enjoyed, if it scared me a bit) his Among the Thugs.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis profiles Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books on seminal albums.

Devoid of photos, averaging 120 pages and printed as pocket-sized, 61/2-inch-by-4}-inch paperbacks -- handy for filing next to your favorite CDs, but a bit rough on the readers' eyes -- the books tend to be exceedingly brief in recapping the subjects' life and work before and after the album referenced in the title, keeping the focus squarely on the masterpiece in question.

The Charleston Post and Courier lists this year's interesting baseball books.

Harp interviews producer Tucker Martine (Jesse Sykes, Laura Veirs, the next Decemberists album).

Blogcritics lists a "dozen rock songs for conservatives."

Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell talks to the Daily Scotsman about the band's new album, Let's Get Out Of This Country.

"This time the songs are definitely very personal. There were a couple of things that happened. My grandmother died and I split up with my boyfriend. And people can tell. They say, 'you've had a split, haven't you?'" You certainly can tell. Once as deadpan a singer as the Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant, Campbell's voice quivers with real emotion on Country Mile, a song about the raw ache of missing a far away lover ("I wish that you were here with me, I would show you off like a trophy.")

The Independent profiles Morrissey, "both national treasure and scourge."

The Sunday Times lists recently published soccer books.

The Guardian's readers pick their top twenty literature-to-film translations. See also: the Guardian's original list.

If you are on Vox, feel free to add me to your neighborhood.

The Sufjan Fans message board lists Sufjan Stevens tabs and chords.


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