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April 2, 2006


The Oregonian runs yet another "indie yuppie" article.

Singer-songwriter Neko Case talks to the Boston Globe about joining the New Pornographers.

"Being asked to be in that band was a pivotal moment in my life," says Case. ''It was very validating. They were so talented and amazing, and that's when I started realizing that music is probably going to be at the forefront of what I do."

The Toronto Sun attacks the "complacency" of the Juno Awards.

Jim DeRogatis gets fan highlights of SXSW in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The New York Daily News reviews Morrissey's new album, Ringleader of the Tormenters.

By this point, all this might be a yawn if Morrissey weren't so good at pain and angst. God knows he doesn't get any help from his latest music. Mostly, it's boilerplate, post-Smiths, Morrissey solo fare.

April is National Poetry Month in the US.

The Denver Post explores the importance of album art, even when it graces a CD.

"Right now our albums are just a bunch of text on these iPods, which is a heartbreak," said the Fever's Jasper, who also created the cover art for its upcoming CD "In the City of Sleep."

"It seems ridiculous - really, really ridiculous. But it's kind of where American pop culture and society are going. Anything that's handmade or aesthetically interesting is thrown out, tossed out the window."

The Times Online profiles Irish author Flann O'Brien.

While a book such as Ulysses can now appear to creak under the weight of its reputation, O’Brien’s works seem more exhilarating and apposite than ever. With its novel- within-a-novel-within-a-novel structure At Swim-Two-Birds, his 1939 fictional debut, anticipates the deconstructive conceits of postmodern fiction and is more fun to boot, with its recasting of Irish mythology and its celebration of sloth. Then there is the singular vision of The Third Policeman, with its amoral murderer lost in a hellish world where garda sergeants are more bike than man, thanks to molecular exchange. It is as bleak and morbidly funny as anything by Beckett, only more recognisably Irish: hell looks alarmingly like the midlands, and all the blacker for that.

Author David Mitchell talks to the Daily Scotsman.

Mitchell has not decided to try and follow-up his 2003 blockbuster, Cloud Atlas, with another ambitious, globe-trotting novel. "Oh," he says at one point, discussing the intricacies of Black Swan Green, "it feels so good not to be talking about Cloud Atlas."

Broadcaster and author Melvyn Bragg lists a dozen British books that have changed the world.

Forbes lists 20 great moments in Apple Computer history.

Canadian Content For Rock is a new mp3 blog that is "your guide to rocking in Canada."

Urgo is keeping track of 2006 April Fool's websites.