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March 8, 2008

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At the Huffington Post, Jennifer 8. Lee (author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles) talks about preparing fpr her appearance on The Colbert Report.

The New York Times reviews the book, and excerpts the first chapter.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reviews the book.


The Toronto Star profiles Dengue Fever.

A perfect example of East-West fusion, the California-based six-piece merges retro psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. Chhom Nimol sings in Khmer, although a few English tracks appear on the new album, which also incorporates surf guitar, Afrobeat and even country.

Look for Lee's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book soon.


AlterNet interviews Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

Goodman: What were you most surprised by in writing this book, In Defense of Food?

Pollan: I was most surprised by two things. One was that the science on nutrition that we all traffic in every day -- we read these articles on the front page, we talk about antioxidants and cholesterol and all this kind of stuff -- it's really sketchy that nutritional science is still a very young science. And food is very complicated, as is the human digestive system. There's a great mystery on both ends of the food chain, and science has not yet sorted it out. Nutrition science is where surgery was in about 1650, you know, really interesting and promising, but would you want to have them operate on you yet? I don't think so. I don't think we want to change our eating decisions based on nutritional science.

But what I also was surprised at is how many opportunities we now have. If we have -- if we're willing to put the money and the time into it to get off the Western diet and find another way of eating without actually having to leave civilization or, you know, grow all your own food or anything -- although I do think we should grow whatever food we can -- that it is such a hopeful time and that there's some very simple things we can all do to eat well without being cowed by the scientists.


Salon wonders if success has ruined SXSW Film.


The Austin-American Statesman interviews Tift Merritt.

American-Statesman: What are your plans for South by Southwest?

Merritt:I love Austin! I'm going to eat at Lamberts Barbecue. Then I'm doing an arts-and-crafts night at the Parish Room, and I'm doing a little solo special at the (Hotel) San José.


The Wall Street Journal examines the growing importance of SXSW Music to the television and advertising industries.

Over its 22 years, South by Southwest has become the nation's biggest showcase for emerging music talent, speeding the ascent of stars like Amy Winehouse and the Strokes. The festival still plays host to edgy acts, from blistering heavy-metal bands to rock groups with unprintable names, all striving to impress critics, record labels and concert bookers. But increasingly the tone in Austin is being set by a new guard of talent scouts, especially those from industries like television and advertising who can score licensing deals for new music acts.


Harp lists ten things you didn't know about Ghostland Observatory.

6) There was actually a third member of Ghostland. This long-forgotten soul, doomed to languish in obscurity, originally played acoustic theremin on earlier numbers “Hieroglyphs of Love” and “Dr. Nurse,” but was asked to leave the band after Aaron caught him eating all of “them red ones” from a package of recently purchased Sprees.


Kaki King talks to Billboard.

"I love the idea of traditionally promoting this album, and I'd love to do a world tour," King says, "but I also have another world of people who are interested in me for different reasons. I love the fact that I can go play with the Foo Fighters, go do a TED Talk (at the annual Technology, Entertainment, Design conference) and then go on tour with a band."


At Monitor Mix, Carrie Brownstein interviews of Duffy Driediger of Ladyhawk.

CB: I grew up in Seattle, went to college in Olympia, and then moved to Portland. I've been around hairy guys playing loud guitars for a long time......Is there a band that all members of Ladyhawk would agree is an influence or whom you'd all count among your favorites?

DD: Silkworm, definitely. We're disgusting Silkworm worshippers. We went on a getaway and we rented a house and listened to every Silkworm album in order. There's eight or nine albums. We were like, 'if any girls walked into this room they would vomit'. It was really weird but we were powerless to stop it.


The Montreal Gazette profiles Leonard Cohen.

And to the extent that Montrealers are ultra-sensitive about identity - within North America, Canada and Quebec - listening to Cohen's earnest youthful tones on his first album and the savvy baritone in later years is to oscillate between Montreal past and present (from near Neanderthal to cutting-edge postmodern). It's an era when Cohen's mythic omnipresence has set the city's history in relief, which is perhaps why either Songs of Leonard Cohen or I'm Your Man perennially wind up near the top of local lists of best Québécois albums.


Ultimate-Guitar.com lists ten great moments in rock and roll heckling.


Rolling Stone and the New York Observer review the Plug Awards, where Largehearted Boy once again (for the third year in a row) came up a bridesmaid in the "best music blog" category (where the admittedly worthy Stereogum took the prize).


The Minnesota Daily profiles Minneapolis/St. Paul blogs (but left out my favorite, I Will Dare).


The Daily Telegraph lists the ten songs chosen specifically to send to the International Space Station.


Slate wonders why writers pretend to be American Indians.


SCHED is an interactive scheduling tool for SXSW participants and showgoers.


The Brooklyn Rail reviews Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman's graphic novel, Shooting War.

But while the story is rip-snorting fun, the key to Lappé and Goldman’s book is their vision of the near future. The book depicts the disastrous occupation with unflinching realism, while imagining horrifyingly plausible events like a pocket nuke destroying Bangalore or a robotic army mowing down Arab neighborhoods. Most impressive, however, is the sympathy shown towards President McCain, who, like LBJ, recognizes his abject failure and refuses to run for a second term.


The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Narrative, an online literary magazine.

Narrative is also atypical in terms of quality. There is no whiff of literary hipsterism here, no veil of coolness to cover up the mediocre writing that is often found in new publications by editors who have spent their college years boning up on David Foster Wallace. Instead, Jenks and Edgarian offer a wide, well-edited and stimulating selection of narrative forms.


Former Jayhawk Gary Louris talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his solo album, Vagabonds.


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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