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August 13, 2006


The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Memphis folk artist Lamar Sorrento.

He's done album work for David Lindley; a CD tribute to Sun Records in Memphis, and he just finished the cover for Devon Allman's (son of Gregg) upcoming album. Lucinda Williams and Keith Richards are collectors.

"Keith likes it," Sorrento said. "Of course, it's a picture of him. Other famous people have gotten them and don't like them. All kinds of people ask me questions like, 'Do you look at a photograph when you paint the Beatles?' I go, 'No, I just call them up and they come over.' "

The Raleigh News & Observer lists books for your hurricane kit.

The Times Online salutes the "masters of the mundane," songwriters who write about everyday topics.

You don’t need grand themes to write great songs. If you’re looking for the best lyric-writing from the latest generation of artists, then you’re going to have to choose between Allen’s humdrum social life and Mike Skinner’s humdrum social life. Skinner, aka the Streets, has cornered the market in songs about queueing for chips and drinks, and managed to create a whole concept album, A Grand Don’t Come for Free, out of a trip to return a rented DVD.

The Observer delves into the Warner Brothers - Bands Under the Radar podcast controversy.

Singer-songwriter Isobel Campbell talks to Scotland on Sunday about being nominated for the Mercury prize.

Campbell, who concedes she probably will go to the awards if only to avoid being "killed" by her record company, said part of her concern about success was that she might be packaged in a way that detracted from her music.

"Sometimes with male songwriters it's almost like they don't need to try so hard. I remember saying to the lead guitarist last week: 'I wish I had a penis.'

"Sometimes with female artists you just talk about whether they are pretty. I've not done what I've done for the last 10 years of my life for that."

The Observer lists five musical pairings they'd love to see.

Morrissey and Madonna

Imagine what this pair could get up to after a couple of pints of Landlord. Madge might truss up Moz on her cross and flagellate him with gladioli while both strain for notes far beyond their limited range.

The San Francisco Chronicle lists songs about "riding the rails."

The Observer suggests we look to authors to understand terrorism.

Long before the al-Qaeda attacks on Washington and New York, American writer Don DeLillo attempted to show in his novel Mao II, named after an Andy Warhol silkscreen, how terrorists and bomb-makers had replaced writers and artists as the leading myth-makers of our age.

Neko Case shares her current favorite media with the New York Times.

The Observer lists 15 "websites that changed the world." Its readers are discussing the results.

BookBurro is a Firefox extension that checks a book's availability at local libraries as well as gathers online pricing information.

DormDelicious lists the "top ten college movie must haves."


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