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September 28, 2008

Shorties (Martha Wainwright, One Album Wonders, and more)

Damien Jurado talks to the Boston Globe about being a singer-songwriter.

"You choose the different characters you want to be and sing about - it doesn't mean they are you, or have anything to do with you," says Jurado, who grew up listening to the punk rock of Sonic Youth and the Melvins and played in local hardcore bands before picking up an acoustic guitar. "It's like Tobey Maguire choosing to play Spider-Man. I have no idea whether Tobey Maguire even grew up liking Spider-Man, but he's perfect for the role. It's sort of the same thing with me - it's something I'm somewhat good at."

The Sunday Sun interviews Joan Wasser of Joan as Police Woman. connects bands and people who would like to give house concerts.

The Observer profiles Martha Wainwright.

Part of the reason she moved away from Canada, a land more often associated with singers of near impossible awfulness such as Celine Dion or Shania Twain, was to escape the long shadow of her musical family. 'I wanted a bit of anonymity,' she says, and it is true that the Wainwrights' shared back catalogue makes the Von Trapps look, well, a bit amateurish.

The Los Angeles Times examines the hurdles screenwriters face adapting literary works for the big screen.

Take "The Godfather": pop-junk novel, masterful, epic movie. Or "Gone With the Wind": not exactly a literary classic but a bang-up film. And all those detective novels like "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep." This doesn't mean there haven't been successful literary adaptations -- "The Grapes of Wrath," "Oliver Twist" and "Sense and Sensibility" are prime examples -- it's just that cinema history is littered with failed attempts to adapt great works. Like the overblown 1965 film version of "Lord Jim," with Peter O'Toole; the bears-almost-no-relation-to-the-source-material 2002 remake of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine," with Guy Pearce; or 2007's gorgeously produced but leaden film version of "Love in the Time of Cholera."

At Newsweek, John McCain's literary editor shares what he's learned about the presidential candidate through the senator's books.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.

"People like to feel that suffering is the only truth, and that's the only place where real beauty can come from," says Kyp Malone, the frontman of TV on the Radio. "That comes from rock 'n' roll and all the archetypes - the geniuses dead at 27, all strung out. Miles has a lot of that in him. He's also really, really smart. I feel like whatever he wants, he can have it. Or he can blow it. Either way, he's added something to my life already. My life has been enriched."

The Times Online examines the careers of the children of some of Britain's most famous rockers.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Dar Williams.

Film School Rejects lists the 10 remaining must-see movies of 2008.

Flat Response is a music blog that tapes and shares Denver indie rock shows.

WXPN features a streaming live performance by singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata.

IGN lists 10 brilliant one-album wonders.

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