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October 5, 2007

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The Birmingham News profiles my favorite local music club, Bottletree.

"We've had everything from Irish folk music to New Orleans funk to insane Japanese noise bands," Teasley says. "Some of the bands are playing to 1,500 people a night in New York, but they see it as a different thing to do, to be in Alabama playing at this cool, fun little space."


The A.V. Club offers a primer to the music of Bruce Springsteen.


JamBase profiles "the best Appalachian hardcore band," O'Death.


Popmatters offers a "crash course in heavy metal for neophyte heshers."


Harp interviews Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzales.

I never think about writing in Spanish, and I don’t think about singing in Swedish either. It’s too ugly to sing in. I really wanted to extend my English vocabulary and wanted to be very comfortable about writing in English. The first time it was just songs without thinking in a way, I knew what I was writing about, but it was just often just putting works to melody. This time it was really important to me to have clear ideas come through.


KEXP features a streaming in-studio set from the Weakerthans at 3 pacific today.
Q lists 5 moments that changed music.


LAist offers a primer for house music.


The Scotsman profiles singer-songwriter Manu Chao.

While Mano Negra were Clash-inspired rockers, Chao's own genre-defying music, which he calls "bric-a-brac boogie", is a more effervescent blend of acoustic-orientated Latin, rumba, reggae and ska with punk attitude, sung in Spanish, French, English with smatterings of other languages. Like his previous discs, La Radiolina hits you smack between the eyes with its rapid-fire rhythms, as on 13 Días, a song about love and absence. It is political too, on songs such as Politik Kills, Panik Panik and Rainin' in Paradize. I suggest to Chao that, despite touches of Mexican mariachi, songs including La Vida Tombola (Tombola Life), Mundorevés (World Turned Around) and Tristeza Maleza - with its lines "infinite sadness, infinite poverty" are very much rooted in today's difficult times.


IGN interviews Sharon Jones (but not the Dap-Kings).


InsideVandy interviews Joe Pisapia of Guster.


Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks to the Washington Post.

Ritter seems flattered and frustrated by the endless Dylan comparisons. To be sure, the biblical and historical imagery in the new album's opening song, "To the Dogs or Whoever," can only be called Dylanesque. "I never hid the fact that I loved, and still love, Dylan," says Ritter, acknowledging that if such comparisons "help people get into the music, that's great. But he didn't write any of my songs."


Something Awful lists the 22 most awful moments in science fiction.


Minnesota Public Radio's the Current features an in-studio performance by Hot Hot Heat.


Lullabyes features a 2004 acoustic show by Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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