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March 10, 2008


Jeff Tweedy of Wilco talks to the Australian about the band's evolution.

"As a band everything has evolved. I've gotten more comfortable singing. As the band has got more mature I think we have all got much better at being in a band together. When I play by myself is the time when I don't think about what I'm doing. When we play together, though, that's when I realise how much better it has become and how much I enjoy it."

MTV lists acts to catch at SXSW this year.

Popmatters interviews Steve Wynn.

6. You’re proud of this accomplishment, but why?

I’ve made a living of making records and touring for 25 years and have yet to make a record I’m not proud of in all that time. Go ahead. But I also love the chance that the next record could not only be my best but also my worst. It keeps you interested.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre will stage an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore this fall.

Kafka on the Shore: An adaptation of the novel by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami, adapted for the stage by Frank Galati. Galati directs a cast that includes Francis Guinan (currently in "August: Osage County" in New York but apparently home by late summer), Jon Hill, Aiko Nakasone, Andrew Pang, David Rhee and Lisa Tejero. The Kafka in Murakami's dreamlike novel isn't the famous literary figure but a 15-year-old boy. (Runs Sept. 18 to Nov. 16.)

The New Yorker features new short fiction by John Burnside.

Five Chapters is serializing a new story by Chip Kidd this week.

The Bat Segundo Show also interviews Kidd about his latest novel, The Learners.

Southern Shelter features mp3s from Vic Chesnutt's Athens and Atlanta performances (his first two shows opening for Jonathan Richman).

Austin Sound has posted Sound Advice Vol II, an mp3 compilation of Austin bands complete with profiles of the participating artists.

The Birmingham News reviews Alejandro Escovedo's Saturday show.

Folks on the floor had the best seats in the house for three acoustic numbers. Escovedo and Pulkingham left the stage to play and sing amid the crowd, without the benefit of electricity. Some listeners had to strain to hear their guitar work, but Escovedo's voice carried strongly. Overall, it was a nice move in the intimate confines of the 300-seat theater.

Download mp3s of the performance in today's Largehearted Boy Daily Downloads.

Advertising Age examines the economics behind music used in commercials.

According to an executive familiar with music-licensing deals, for U.S. rights, marketers typically pay $150,000 for the master recording of a song and another $150,000 for synchronization -- the right to put the composition in a TV ad. However, because Apple has such leverage in breaking artists, the company paid a total of $80,000 for master and sync rights for Feist's "1234" and another $80,000 for Ms. Naim's song. And those fees are for global rights.

For new artists -- and especially those who are still recouping debt to their labels -- this exposure is well worth the lower fees.

"Apple says to Feist, Daft Punk -- people who want to be associated with a hip, cool brand like Apple, 'We're gonna throw you this bone,'" said the executive. "It's not much of a negotiation. 'This is our deal.'"

The Los Angeles Times' Extended Play blog lists SXSW bands and stories to watch.

Londonist interviews the people behind the Black Cab Sessions music videos.

Obviously you dig everyone you've featured, but of all the performances, do you have a favourite?

Sounds a cliché, but we like them all for different reasons. Having Daniel Johnston was something special for me personally, but other members of the team have different black cab heroes. I know St Vincent went down well with a few of the boys and our dads. The problem is when we all (four of us) want to be in the cab for the same person – good old-fashioned drawing of straws seems to sort that out though!

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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