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March 26, 2011

Shorties (Owen Pallett, New Joe DiMaggio Biography, and more)

Spinner interviews singer-songwriter Owen Pallett.

Why have 'Heartland' focus on the interplay between creator and the art they create?

As a songwriter I'm interested in examining how people talk about other songwriters. Let's say Sufjan Stevens, the way people talk about him and make assumptions about his music -- because he's not a homosexual but he sounds like a homosexual, and he is a Christian but his music doesn't sound Christian. It got me interested in the difference between what the art is and who the artist is that's making it. So that's been occupying my brain.

Jerome Charyn talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil.

The Wall Street Journal profiles Bob Clearmountain, who mixed classic albums for the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and many others.

Washington City Paper profiles Michael Kentoff of the Caribbean.

Chad Clark, the Beauty Pill leader who mixes The Caribbean's records, sums up Kentoff's lyrical style well, but even he's at something of a loss. "When someone describes a songwriter as literate, they tend to be implying that that person is coming from a certain kind of tradition—the Dylan-esque writer or the Leonard Cohen-eqsue writer or the Joni Mitchell-esque writer. And to me, the Caribbean’s songs don’t draw from those traditions at all. There’s this really powerful blend of the deeply surreal and dreamlike world and the supremely ordinary, almost actuarial kind of world. I don’t know where that comes from; that’s a mystery to me. I don’t know where Michael’s characters come from."

The Atlantic profiles the free streaming music website Stereomood.

The Globe and Mail explores Japan's apocalyptic literature.

Gibson interviews Rhett Miller of the Old 97's.

At Knopf, Chip Kidd discusses his cover for the new Haruki Murakami novel, 1Q84.

Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.'s Book Finder lists 20 books of poetry everyone should own.

Songwriters on Process interviews Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak.

3:AM Magazine interviews legendary comics writer Alan Moore.

Mother Jones interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about reproductive rights, feminism, and his new album.

David Bezmozgis talks to the National Post about his new novel, The Free World.

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