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May 27, 2007

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The Boston Globe profiles a local indie rock yoga class.

"I love music, and I think music and yoga can go together really well," Peregoy said. "And every yoga studio I go into, almost, you're getting the same 10 yoga CDs that are either kind of new age, bland stuff, or kind of cool Indian chanting. But it's the same stuff everywhere you go. Why do you have to have that kind of music with your yoga? There's no reason."

Mid way through class, Peregoy yelled: "It's starting to smell like indie rock!" Everyone laughed as they lowered themselves to their mats and concentrated on the beat.


Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark talks to the Boston Globe.

When Stark moved to Los Angeles, she began playing in duos with each of the musicians who would join together in Lavender Diamond. But it took some convincing.

"We'll be a pop band -- like Blondie!" she told them. "We'll make really beautiful, amazing music and it will uplift people and it will be really idealistic and we'll send love energy through the radio!"


Cracked lists "great moments in gratuitous sci-fi nudity."


Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright talks to the Independent about his latest album, Release the Stars.

"Initially, this was simply going to be an album of piano and voice," he says, "but then I went on holiday to Berlin, and it somehow took on a life of its own. I had arrived in the city with every intention of Iggy Popping it in a succession of basement clubs, come what may, but instead I found myself buying lederhosen and taking trips out to the country and listening to a lot of Wagner. Basically, a huge wave of German romanticism descended on the recording process, and almost drowned me."


Self-Made Hero is the UK publisher producing a "manga Shakespeare" series.


At Flickr, Shearwater's Howard Draper is sharing photos from the band's recent tour.


KEXP features a live performance by Loney, Dear at noon (GMT-06:00) today.


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Times review day one of the Sasquatch music festival.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Miami Herald preview summer books. the Toronto Star previews selections for children.


The New York Times reviews the recent wave of tribute albums.

Tribute albums have always been exercises in memory and continuity, mapping connections of sound and style. They trade on familiar songs or famous names, but what they promise is not an oldies experience (or for that matter, the experience provided by tribute bands that mimic name-brand acts). They aim for relevance, not nostalgia. And now, in the era of the isolated MP3 download and the randomly shuffled playlist, tribute albums aren’t just homages to musicians. They are also tributes to the vanishing idea of the album itself: that a collection of songs can still mean something as a whole.


The Daily Mail reports about a UK a reality show, "Bestseller," featuring aspiring novelists.

Winners will receive a six-figure advance and a deal with a major publisher in Britain and America. Contestants who survive the first round will be 'mentored' by a line-up of authors expected to include Jackie Collins and Jeffrey Archer.


The San Francisco Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter Tori Amos.

Q: It seems like a lot of your fans would just like to hear you get behind the piano again and sing about your own life.

A: They're foolish. If they don't see that I'm singing about my life in these songs then they're not as smart as I've taken them to be all these years.



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