Long-running psych-pop band The Jigsaw Seen belongs to the school of quality over quantity, of pop classicism over AutoTuned commercialism, even though its role models (the Kinks, Hollies and Beatles) have knocked out plenty of hits over the years. Over the last two decades, the band has released a fistful of compilation tracks, a few EPs and a full-length record every five to eight years or so. But all of the music remains inspired; after 20 years, The Jigsaw Seen sounds sharper and fierier on Bananas Foster than on its 1991 debut.
British author Brian Jacques, author of the popular Redwall series of adventure books for kids, has died. He was 71.
NPR's Lynn Neary reports that:
"The 21-book fantasy series Redwall is filled with the heroics of anthropomorphic animals. Foxes, squirrels and mice feast and fight their way through numerous adventures and in the process have won the hearts of millions of young readers.
While Groupon.com's Save the Money Super Bowl ads sparked controversy, the two-minute longImported from Detroit Super Bowl ad for Chrysler that stars rapper Eminem seems to have done exactly what commercials are supposed to do — generate a lot of attention, most of it good.
Amid the urban sprawl, where many of us live, it can be easy to forget that nature is still competing for space. We step over tree roots that break through concrete. We curse trains delayed by snow. We jump when we see a mouse.