A couple of music-related postings from Maura’s site: this is a piece about Mary Lou Lord, among other things. I’ve not heard any of the woman’s music, but I can ‘relate’. And this, from this week, takes a curiously puritan approach to the whole Napster thing, and while it’s as finely written as ever I’ve got to disagree. From a personal point of view, the hunting-and-gorging element of Napster has made me excited about getting new music again: never knowing what track might turn up next, and the whole tyranny of release dates and promos and smug radio exclusives thrown into giddy chaos. I can sympathise with Maura’s album-anticipation nostalgia tip, but only in a theoretical kind of sense – gimme those promo tracks and gimme them now, say I!