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June 13, 2007

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The Telegraph covers the White Stripes secret show for 20 Chelsea pensioners at the Royal College Hospital in West London.

Some of the residents appeared a little baffled by such an intrusion on a sultry summer’s afternoon. Others, such as Brian Wells, 69, clapped along enthusiastically to the closing sequence of cover versions, which included an old ballad called You Belong To Me.


Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste talks to the Washington Post's Express about the band's live performance.

"We appreciate seeing music live and having it be different from the album," said singer/songwriter Edward Droste. "We try to create a set that caters to the specific space or band we're opening for."


Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright talks to the Edmonton Sun about his song, "Going To A Town."

"It's probably one of the rare, few protest songs that actually refers to the country almost like in a relationship way, like refers to the country as something you once loved. It's like a brokenhearted love song. What I like about that song a lot is that it's really hard hitting and graphic about what it's saying, but there's also a level of compassion and sadness to it that's more akin to Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"


Author Bret Easton Ellis talks to the New York Daily News about Jeff Hobbs' debut novel, The Tourist.

"The books I see from debut novelists aren't anything like this - they aren't nearly this worldly," Ellis told the L.A. Times. Hobbs' book "had a lot of interesting things to say about that generation's fluidity about sexuality, done in a way that's so casual it's jolting."


In the Los Angeles Times, Adam Bellow remembers both his father's (Saul Bellow) and stepfather's contributions to his life.

MY WRITER/father formed my aspirations, some of them attainable, others ego-crushingly out of reach. He was the guy to ask if you wanted to know which novels of James or Conrad you should read. Joe was better at explaining how much to tip the super or how not to get ripped off by an auto mechanic. He was also better at the simple duties of fatherhood, duties he understood and carried out in a way my father never could.


Gaming Today lists the top 5 novels that should be games.


Stylus offers a "bluffer's guide" to 80's R&B.


WritersDigest.com lists the 101 best websites for writers.


The New York Times reviews Feist's Monday night Town hall performance.


McSweeney's is auctioning many one-of-a-kind items to make up for a distributor's bankruptcy. Want a Dave Eggers painting of GWB as a double amputee? A Tony Millionaire drawing of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard for Believer magazine?


Members of Hallelujah the Hills talk to Boston's Phoenix.


Laurie Lindeen talks to Minnesota Public Radio about her memoir, Petal Pusher.

Mrs. Paul Westerberg also talks to the Minneapolis City Pages.

"It's not a rock bio," Lindeen says, seeming frustrated by the way her story has been packaged. "We were never stars, we never really made it." Indeed, it's painfully demoralizing for the Petals to watch one opening act after another sign to a major label while their own indie company loses interest in promoting them. But Westerberg keeps writing to her, and the relationship between them seems increasingly like a better investment of her time than the Petals' road to nowhere.

see also: Jodi Chromey's review of the book on Largehearted Boy


Billboard reports that Cat Power has won the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize.


Pete Jordan talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his book, Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All 50 States.


NPR's All Songs Considered offers its summer music preview.



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