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April 8, 2007


The Boston Globe profiles local music bloggers.

Son Volt's Jay Farrar talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about life after Uncle Tupelo.

"I didn't immediately know I wanted to start another band," Farrar said, pausing. "I think I even considered leaving music, but it only took a couple of months to fully realize I couldn't do anything else."

Steven Hall, author of The Raw Shark Texts, talks to Newsday.

"I kind of like the idea of smashing different ways of storytelling together and using forms of storytelling, which are from somewhere else, and see how much cuts across and how much doesn't."

Harp lists ten things you didn't know about Ted Leo.

The Dutch CocoRosie documentary, The Eternal Children, is online at YouTube in six parts.

Richard Jobson talks to the Scotsman about the Skids' 30th anniversary reunion.

The band's quick flight to London is the cue for more punky reminiscing. "I'm still great friends with most of my contemporaries. Steve Severin from the Banshees lives in Edinburgh now and we speak a lot. I see Hugh Cornwell from the Stranglers all the time and just yesterday I had tea with Paul Cook of the Pistols." How very civilised these punks are now.

Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura talks to the Scotsman.

"I actually think we've always been fairly ambitious," says Campbell of the group's long tenure as bridesmaids or dance hall wallflowers. "Maybe we were backwards in coming forwards." Then, overdoing the understatement somewhat, she adds: "I guess we were always pretty laidback."

Author Christopher Buckley talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his new novel, Boomsday.

For Newsweek, biographer David Hajdu lists his five most important books.

NPR's Weekend Edition examines the surprising popularity of American-style country music in Ethiopia.

The Observer takes offense to some music being used in ad campaigns.

Call me old-fashioned, but I have always had a problem with pop songs and advertising. It's not just the issue of selling-out that concerns me, it's the strange things that happen to a song when it is used to sell a product. In the case of Nina Simone's 'Ain't Got No/I Got Life', the song has been remixed by dance producers Groovefinder in a way that suits the happy-clappy message of Muller dairy products.

WXPN's World Cafe profiles singer-songwriter Lily Allen.

The Woodland Daily Democrat talks to ten local "some well known, some not " musicians about their careers,

Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock talks to the Scotsman.

Hitchcock, when he's not playing songs, is talking about them -- how they'll come from things that pop into his head like "Note to self: Kill more flies." How they'll often start out dark, but he'll make them lighter, "otherwise you're making people's difficult lives even worse." Laughter, he says, "is the dateline that you cross when life becomes unbearable." As fans of British TV comedy can attest, very English.

The Deli offers vocal recording advice to musicians.

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