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Ministry of Propaganda - 26/Feb/2006: "Crime and Music"

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Crime and Music

No, this entry isn't about illegal file sharing or anything like that. Actually, the two topics in the title have nothing to do with each other for the content of this entry. I could have written two separate entries, but I'm too lazy for that. So what is this really about?

Let's start with the crime, crime fiction to be precise. One of my New Years resolutions was to read more this year, so far I'm doing reasonably well. This week I started reading some Christmas present books. Friday evening I started Dead Right by Peter Robinson (Inspector Banks series) and finished it at Saturday lunchtime. A young man is found murdered in an alleyway, at first it looks like a pub fight gone wrong. Then racist motives come into play, followed by drugs dealing. Lots of twists and turns, a really good read.

Having finished the first one I started the second one Saturday evening and am now may be a third through Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson, another Inspector Banks. Quite good so far, I'll probably finish it tonight or tomorrow evening. More about it later.

Then the music. I first heard "Steady, As She Goes" on the radio while driving back from shopping a few days ago. I didn't catch the artist, wasn't even sure about the song title. Almost forgot about it until for some reason remembering it yesterday and typing it into Google without much hope of finding something. But then I did find The Raconteurs (see also The Raconteurs at XL recordings) and there it was. It's a new band mainly driven by Jack White (of White Stripes fame) and Brendan Benson. I really like the first two songs so I think Broken Boy Soldier by The Raconteurs will find its way into my CD player when it is released in May.

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