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April 22, 2007


The">Sioux Falls Argus-Leader talks to local indie music poster artists.

For local artists, the appeal of creating concert posters isn’t so much for collectibility.

Rather, it’s as an intriguing showpiece of talent that also serves as a rally cry for the music scene.

“It’s art and promotion combined,” says Ryan Gage, who designs a lot of posters for indie rock and hip-hop shows.

Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker talks to the New York Post.

"I want to integrate what I'm doing into my life," says Cocker, who will curate this year's Meltdown Festival in London. "When I was younger, being in a group was my escape from reality. Now, being 43, it's sad to want to escape from reality. I have to make it part of my life instead of a weird other dimension."

The New York Times excerpts the first chapter of Steven Hall's novel, The Raw Shark Texts.

The Oregonian reviews the book.

If your local bookstore has a Hip-Lit section, Steven Hall's first novel is top-shelf. And when you finish reading "The Raw Shark Texts," visit the virtual library in your head and place it among Hip-Lit favorites by David Mitchell and Haruki Murakami, both referenced by Hall, and from whom he's absorbed so many Hip-Lit tics: a mysterious locked room; a smug, all-knowing cat; themes borrowed from TV and popular songs; and an enigmatic female, in this case a girl calling herself Scout, who sports a smiley-face tattoo on her big toe, a surprise for the toe-tag folks at the morgue.

see also: Hall's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

The New York Post's Page Six, always a literary beacon, examines the controversy surrounding Michael Chabon's new novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.

Actress Kirsten Dunst shares her musical taste with the Sunday Herald Sun.

"I am a big music person, yes," she confirms.

"I think Arcade Fire is the best band of its generation. Other than that I am a big Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen fan. Regina Spektor, I think she is great."

The East Bay Express examines the "age of dark payola," the drastic increase in net radio's royalty fees.

The majority of Americans who don't listen to netcasts should care about all this, because developments in that pond have ramifications for the on-air world, says Hodge. Terrestrial radio stations may soon face Internet radio's two sucky choices: 1) Pay SoundExchange through the nose for whatever the station wants to play, or 2) Save money by making direct, legal deals with record labels to play a label's free "Abomination of the Week." I'm looking directly at you, Korn Unplugged.

Author Lionel Shriver talks to the Guardian about her life after winning the 2005 Orange prize with her novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin.

She still cycles everywhere, still buys her clothes in charity shops, still refuses to have a mobile phone. 'It's so bad that I have virtually no tax deductions because I don't spend any money. I don't go out to eat because I like my own cooking - nobody makes it hot enough for my taste and if I cook at home I can cram it full of chillies. I don't keep the heat on during the day, even in winter [which perhaps explains why she suffers from Reynaud's disease - poor circulation - and has to wear gloves all the time]. Other people seem to regard these little habits as peculiar. I don't regard them as peculiar. But I suppose I am bloody-minded about cycling everywhere. I bicycled to those parties last night. I wore these clothes. I'm also very frugal about laundry because I don't like to do it, so I wear the same clothes all week.'

Singer-songwriter Emma Pollock (formerly of Delgados) talks to the Daily Scotsman about her solo album, Watch The Fireworks.

'I feel like this is a second chance," Emma Pollock says quietly. "I'm really nervous because this is brand new territory and I have no idea how it's going to go." As a founding member of the Delgados, the criminally undervalued Glasgow band who split up two years ago, 35-year-old Pollock has little reason to be so tentative.

Dizzee Rascal talks to the Observer about the differences in hip hop between the United States and Great Britain..

'Hip hop is the way it is because of America,' Dizzee continues. 'But I don't think it could ever be like that here - not so much because of the money, but because of the mind-set. There's the work ethic, for one thing. It's like a machine out there ... we've had that over here with rock music and pop, but not really as far as hip hop or R&B is concerned. America is the land of the hustler: it's bigger, bolder, flasher, more in your face, whereas England's more about attention to detail - trying to be refined and classy, and I think a lot of people in the urban scene in this country have had trouble accepting that. Because Britain's a different place demographically - there are a lot fewer black people for a start - you do look a bit silly walking around with a hundred grand gold chain on your chest. You stand out. We don't wear bandanas and carry rags ... "Look, really now, leave it alone." Some people are still having trouble rapping in their own accents - that kills me.'

NPR interviews author Dinaw Mengestu, and excerpts from his debut novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.

Cable & Tweed offers an mp3 download of Sufjan Stevens' September 20, 2006 Atlanta performance.

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