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July 2, 2006


The Palm Springs Desert Sun compares the Coachella and Bonnaroo music festivals.

Peaches talks to the New York Daily News about her new album, Impeach My Bush.

"On the first two albums I had minimal lyrics, minimal melody, minimal music - it was all about how far I could push it," Peaches explains. "This time I wanted a full drum kit. And I wanted the guitars played through big Marshall amps."

Author Mark Childress, an Alabama native, talks to NPR about his latest novel, One Mississippi, and presents an excerpt.

Singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole talks to the Sunday Mail about his new album, Antidepressant.

"It's definitely a little bit perkier than the last few records I've done.

"Some of the songs are a bit more friendly in terms of potential radio play, too.

"That's why I called it Antidepressant. I'm saying I want to cheer you up."

The Salem Statesman Journal examines the local growth in graphic novel and comics sales.

"It seems to be attracting more attention because Hollywood has been getting interested in comics," Gallardo said.

"I think a lot of the guys directing now grew up with comics."

The Anniston Star calls for an Oprah Winfrey 2008 presidential run.

Bookmarks lists the 101 best sea books.

Bassist Peter Hughes chronicles the recording of the Mountain Goats' Get Lonely in photos.

In the Guardian, singer-songwriter Alicia Keys discusses being name-dropped on the new Bob Dylan album.

'I first heard through the grapevine that he'd mentioned my name in one of his new songs,' Keys told The Observer, the first newspaper to hear Dylan's album, last night.

'I just knew somebody had to be playin' with me! How could such a legend know me? And bigger than that, want to write about me? I haven't heard the song yet - it's top secret. But I'm crazy excited about it and I'm honored to be on his mind.'

In the Independent, novelist Kirsty Gunn explains her passion for the work of poet Adrienne Rich.

How she has guided me. Quite simply Adrienne Rich has taught me how to find the words. That the world can be commanded - by the simple act of finding the right words and acting on them. That language can be our own, as vividly alive as we choose to be.

TV on the Radio's David Sitek talks to New Zealand's Stuff.

"We really couldn't care less what people call our music, so long as they listen to it. The thing is, TV on the Radio couldn't sound like other bands if we tried. If we were to start making a short pop song about girls, we'd end up with some experimental rock epic about American foreign policy. We can't help ourselves."

Shirley Manson of Garbage talks to the Times Online about getting older.

“I’ve felt freaked out by life and getting older since I was 18,” she says, her Edinburgh accent miraculously intact despite a decade living in California and Wisconsin. “I feel, firstly, really fortunate that I made it this far. I lost friends who died when they were young and didn’t get to live till they were 40.”

Author Bill Buford talks to the Observer about the research that lead to his book, Heat.

'I'd been working at Babbo for a couple of months when I told Mario I'd just had my last day in the office. He said, "About time." And he was right. I'd been at the New Yorker for seven years. I had been at Granta forever. It was just fantastically liberating to go and do physical labour. I liked the reality of it. I loved the way that everyone was rude and politically incorrect, and that it was based on performance and if you screwed up, they let you know very directly. There was no bullshit.'

Radiohead's Thom Yorke talks to the New York Times about his voice.

"It annoys me how pretty my voice is," Mr. Yorke says. "That sounds incredibly immodest, but it annoys me how polite it can sound when perhaps what I'm singing is deeply acidic."

IN the wake of Harper Lee's letter to Oprah's magazine, the Observer wonders what would happen if all famous "hermits became more sociable."

JD Salinger reflects that his years of seclusion have left him stranded on the outer shores of the hip literary scene. 'Ou sont les neiges d'antan?' [where are the snows of yesteryear?] he wonders, while hot-dialling Dave Eggers and Jonathan Franzen to suggest that they go on a blockbusting book tour together.

Singer-songwriter Lily Allen talks to Australia's The Age.

"Words are really important to me. I'm not a real musician, I don't know the difference between a bass and a guitar, but I get really irritated if I can't visualise a song. I'll beat myself up over one line because I don't feel that it flows as a story."


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