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February 25, 2008

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The New York Times reviews Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Thursday evening Lincoln center performance.

Vocally Ms. Potter has a high, fervent folk-rock delivery that suggests a grittier Patty Griffin. A theme that runs through her tuneful songwriting is passionate, often painful sexual combat and the continuing clash between her insistence on independence and the inconvenient emotions that turn relationships into power struggles.

see also: the band's Largehearted Boy Note Books essay


The Independent offers "mum rock" gift suggestions for mothers of all ages.


Popmatters interviews Mike Doughty.

Of those who’ve come before, the most inspirational are?

John Coltrane. The spiritual giant, the force of nature. If you’re into 12-step programs, read the poem he wrote for the back cover of A Love Supreme. The language is taken directly from the 12 steps. He’s laying down the argot.


LiveDaily profiles the Mountain Goats.


Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons-licensed sounds.


The New Yorker features new short fiction, "The Shelter of the World", by Salman Rushdie.


ChicagoPride interviews A Fine Frenzy's Alison Sudol.

CP: Many of your songs convey the fragility of life. Hope is an important and regenerative force, but it’s not always enough to ward off the mortality inherent in nature. But in your song “The Minnow and the Trout,” you question whether it’s always necessary for the strong to devour the weak. It’s almost written like a fable. Does the song in any way relate to what’s going on in the world today?

AS: Yes, definitely. Traveling around the world, I’ve seen the physical differences that set us all apart—different faces, eye shapes, skin colors. It may sound corny, but people all feel. We’re all going for the same things in life.


The New York Times reviews (and excerpts from) James Collins' new novel, Beginner's Greek.

For the fact is that whether it is confection or literary comfort food, “Beginner’s Greek” is, from start to finish, delicious. Put aside the two essential improbabilities of the plot — that (a) the book’s young hero, Peter Russell, an investment analyst, should find himself seated, on a cross-country flight, next to one Holly Edwards, a gorgeous, friendly strawberry blonde reading Thomas Mann’s “Magic Mountain”; and (b) Peter having fallen in love with Holly at first sight but blown his chance to get to know her better, she should come back into his life four years later as the girlfriend and then wife of his caddish best friend — put those inconvenient improbabilities aside and put yourself in Collins’s good (and relentlessly good-doing) hands. All will be well.


Five Chapters is serializing a new story by Amanda Stern called "Getting Rid of the Clown."


Oh My Rockness has added SXSW show listings (both showcases and day parties).



also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
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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