March 23, 2011
The Miami Herald interviews Rob Sheffield about his latest book, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut.
Flavorwire lists 10 famous authors who went Hollywood.
Cover Me Songs is holding "Moptop Madness" this March, which pits 64 Beatles covers against each other.
The Independent interviews author Monica Ali.
Comprising intricate banjo lines, tightly wound drum patterns and carnival-barker vocals, O'Death's genre mash is ever-changing. As violinist Robert Pycior explains, the original idea was "to sound like a drunk country band doing crudely performed, angular junkyard ballads. Over time we brought in some of that teenage punk rock energy we loved." The band's intense sound came out of a competitive drive among the players to continually up the stakes. "When there's a fingerpicked banjo line that’s syncopated," Pycior says, "naturally you want to incorporate that same kind of frantic approach into your instrument, whether that’s the violin or the drum."
The unembellished writing in this collection of twelve droll stories appeals to me as the refined simplicity of Straub's language allows her short story collection to coalesce into a collection primarily concerned with character. Most memorable in Straub's stories are the people: quirky, thoughtful, resonating.
Within less than a year, the buzz around this band has been tremendous, how do you explain it?
I can't really explain buzz. Bands don't start the buzz themselves. People do tend to get excited about things very quickly. It's flattering but it’s important to remember that people lose interest just as quickly. It can be dangerous. We have a lot of faith in ourselves as a band and the music we are playing, though, so it is nice to feel validation. I do think a lot of it is down to the fact that there are very few guitar bands with pop sensibilities coming through at the moment.
Dee has an incredible voice that has drawn unavoidable comparisons to Antony Hegarty's. In fact, it is more unusual than Antony's, and more inclined toward musical theater. A little of it goes a long way, which is why it works so well appearing on just four of the 12 songs here. The scarcity gives it an outsized, mythic quality. Dee suddenly appears, utters wisdom or metaphysical fables, and vanishes into the music again. Within a single line, her voice flickers through not just different emotions, but personalities.
The Independent lists the 50 books every child should read.
Flavorwire lists the best and worst poetry by musicians.
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