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February 20, 2010

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, 10 Rules for Writing Fiction, and more)

The Times Online interviews Joanna Newsom about her new album, Have One on Me (out February 23rd)

The Guardian has authors (Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Roddy Doyle, and others) list their 10 rules for writing fiction.

Danger Mouse talks to about his new project with James Mercer of the Shins, Broken Bells.

But now that Broken Bells has, well, broken, Burton hopes that listeners realize the odd coupling of an erstwhile DJ/producer and the sweet-voiced frontman of a Portland, Oregon indie band isn’t a novelty tailor-made for the blogosphere. “I think the perception of this is it’s a project or collaboration when really that’s not how we’ve ever really looked at this,” says Burton. “We’ve kind of been in a band together for the last year and a half. So that’s how we’ve always looked at it. We always intended on playing it live when we recorded it.”

The San Francisco Chronicle lists the entire schedule for next week's Noise Pop music festival.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best monsters in literature.

Time Out New York interviews Marisa Meltzer about her new book, Girl Power: The Nineties Revoltion in Music.

At the end of the book, you say that “girl power has a long way to go.” Where is it going?

In terms of the mainstreaming of feminism into pop culture, there are many things to be desired. In terms of future generations, too, I think there’s still plenty of empty yet sparkly vehicles for female empowerment that I’d like to be stronger. There’s a lot of Miley Cyruses out there, and I don’t have a problem with that, but I’d like some very clear role models for young women, the way that I had riot grrrl. And just in terms of the state of being a girl, there’s still a long way to go. When we still have to talk about gender disparity on college campuses and the lack of politcal parity…there are still plenty of things I want.

Read Meltzer's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

WXPN's World Cafe interviews the members of Beach House, and the band plays a couple of songs in the studio.

The Quietus interviews Field Music's David Brewis.

Do you think Field Music sound like 2010?

DB: I don’t think our records could have been made at any other time. Sometimes I think of us as the next step for the home-producing artist/auteur, taking on what people like McCartney or Emitt Rhodes or Todd Rundgren or Prince did. Are we "Prog-Pop"? Well, we like pop music and we are, in some sense, progressive - by which I mean there are lots of interesting things you can still do with pop music, it doesn’t have to be tired rehashing of old ideas. Pop music can encompass anything, which is what makes it so interesting. It’s not like other areas of music which define themselves in some ways by what they leave out. Anything can be pop music.

NPR's Weekend Edition remembers guitarist Jack Rose.

We Listen for You profiles the Fiery Furnaces with audio commentary on each of the band's studio releases.

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