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September 20, 2007


Added yesterday to the 2007 Austin City Limits Music Festival downloads: a losslessbittorrent download of Steve Earle's "half solo" performance and a bittorrent video download of Regina Spektor's set.

This week, New York magazine's the Comics Page blog is excerpting Gipi's graphic novel, Notes for a War Story.

Seattle Weekly profiles Oakley Hall.

Like the best American male-female vocal combos, Cox lends a songbird's airiness to Sullivan's droll delivery. Instrumentally, the Hall's chords are meaty and crunchy, and the rhythm section of Jesse Barnes (bass) and Greg Anderson (drums) maintains a metronomic steadiness akin to German prog and American dance music.

The Seattle Stranger features a conversation between the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Adam Goldberg.

The Telegraph chronicles Hollywood's improbably on-screen depictions of authors.

The Riverfront Times profiles singer-songwriter Mitch Easter.

Both of Easter's best-known bands — Sneakers and Let's Active — created some of the most timeless music around. The former (which Easter formed with Stamey, a childhood friend) focused more on straightforward power-pop, while the latter had a skewed take on the genre. Buoyed by co-ed vocal harmonies and unorthodox melodies (and yes, jangly guitars), Let's Active songs had a whimsical atmosphere that was childlike but melancholic, like the dichotomy found in darker Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Kaki King talks to Billboard about her next album, due eary next year.

The Independent Weekly's album of the month is the very deserving Placelessness by Alina Simone.

see also: Eugene Mirman interviews Alina Simone for Largehearted Boy

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks to the Washington Post's Express.

"I listen to death metal and black metal and goregrind, and there's a sleight-of-hand going on there: The impetus may be related to this or that emotion, but the process is pure craft. Of necessity."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution readers share their Bob Dylan memories.

The Miami New Times calls a recent appearance by author Junot Diaz the "Best. Book Reading. Ever."

Cinema Blend lists the top 5 grunge albums.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gathers literary tributes to sweet tea.

Bettye LaVette talks to Time Out Chicago about using the Drive-By Truckers as the backing band for her new album.

In another break with convention, LaVette chose hard-driving Southern rockers the Drive-By Truckers as her backup band, who proved they have uncanny empathy for her moods. “It’s kinda hard to write for me,” LaVette bluntly admits. “All you can do is just write a good song that you can imagine me singing. So [Drive-By Truckers’ singer-guitarist] Patterson Hood is telling people now that he sent me 50 songs and I threw them back at him! I’ve been telling people that it’s not true. It was only 40 songs.”

Wired's Listening Post blog profiles SeeqPod, an online music search tool.

Once you sign in to the service, you'll see the latest crawled songs from MP3 blogs, label sites, and all other sorts of locations, scrolling up the left side of the screen. Click the green arrow next to any of them and the song will shoot over to the right pane -- your playlist -- and start playing. You can rack up quite an extensive playlist of new stuff really quickly in this way, just by checking out anything that catches your eye. Playlists can be saved for later. lists authors coming to your area for readings and book signings.

Drowned in Sound and its readers discuss "movie soundtracks that matter."

WXPN's World Cafe features the Waterboys with an interview and in-studio performance.

ComicScout tracks your favorite comic book and graphic novel creators.

NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by the Apples in Stereo.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features Jamie T with an interview and in-studio performance.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 Lollapalooza downloads
this week's CD releases


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