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There are plenty of people, myself included, who will argue (far too long into the night) that alt-country icon Will Oldham (left) was at his very best on the first album to utilise his Bonnie "Prince" Billy pseudonym; 1999's "I See a Darkness". A standout on the record was the blackly comic and brilliantly brooding "Death to Everyone". Now he has revisited the track in a live recording – reimagined as a rip-roaring bluegrass meets mariachi meets Hasidic jaunty work-out. Once again it is majestic. The track arrives as an exclusive out-take from his new live album, this time released under the name Bonnie Billy, alongside Kentucky bluegrass band the Picket Line. The track is a free download from dragcity.com. It precedes the LP 'Funtown Comedown', which features songs from Oldham's back catalogue (and monikers), as well as a few covers of some country music classics. The record is released on vinyl and digital download only on 15 December. As the final line "Death to Everyone" declares, "It makes living almost seem fun". Indeed.

Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S Thompson, By William McKeen

Biography shows how much a subject was essentially a product of his or her times. Some subjects react against their times, some attempt to step out of them altogether. Hunter S Thompson was mired deep in his. Almost a cliché from the counterculture of the 1960s, he embraced it all: sexist attitudes to women, experiments with drugs, time in prison... oh, and revolutionising an art form.

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The racing calendar has reached its Spaghetti Junction, where not even the road to Aintree – the only artery that courses from one end of the sporting nation to the other – can sweep through a distracting variety of slip roads, traffic lights and roundabouts. For this chaotic nexus, between National Hunt and Flat, can never be reduced to a simple matter of one season waning, as the other waxes. The John Smith's Grand National, for instance, is scarcely the only other business on an agenda still featuring Denman, who runs at Aintree on Thursday, and Master Minded, still a month away from a trip to Punchestown. And who, equally, could view the richest race in the world, staged in the desert over the weekend, as a mere prelude?

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They are are mere sparring sessions, with headguard and gumshield, but they certainly heighten anticipation for the moment the gloves come off. Yesterday morning, Godolphin exhibited the horses seeking to end a two-year drought at the Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday. Their solo breezes, in the desert morning, as usual presented a stark counterpoint to the parallel springtime ritual conducted, three days previously, by the stable against which Godolphin's recent difficulties are mercilessly measured. On Sunday, in the rather different environs of the Curragh, Aidan O'Brien had worked his cavalry in regiments – groups as large as 15 of 16. But either process remains equally susceptible to misinterpretation.

Let the shuffle gods decide: Will Oldham lets his iPod do the talking

We have a date with destiny but Will Oldham is walking out of his central London hotel just as I'm going in. "Gonna get a better cup of coffee than they serve here and I'll be right back," he says, strolling out on to Tottenham Court Road. Twenty-five minutes later, Oldham returns. He is not, it seems, a man to take his beverages lightly.

It Still Moves, By Amanda Petrusich

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I Believe in Yesterday, By Tim Moore

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