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March 23, 2008


Yesterday's addition to the list of 2008 SXSW streaming and downloadable music performances:

Bittorrent download of a show by Alejandro Escovedo.

The Denver Post lists its top ten SXSW new music finds.

The Toronto Star profiles Crystal Castles.

The Sunday Paper lists the 25 greatest moments in Georgia music history.

The Boston Globe profiles the city's folk music mecca, Club Passim.

Originally envisioned as a European coffeehouse with a progressive-jazz flavor, the club quickly morphed into a magnet for a group of like-minded college students (and college dropouts). As much social scene as music venue, Passim was, in the early days, something like a clubhouse, manned by a bunch of dreamers with new ideas and old guitars. "Everybody put their finger in the same socket," current Passim executive director Betsy Siggins says. "And we all came out budding folkies." Siggins, who dropped out of BU following freshman year with her best friend, Joan Baez, waitressed at the club during the week, cooked on Sundays, and ran the art gallery in the afternoons. When babies started arriving, Siggins (who was married to Bob Siggins of the Charles River Valley Boys) shared child care with Maria Muldaur (then wife of Geoff Muldaur, a member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band).

Queerty interviews Kaki King.

Andrew Belonsky: Alright, Kaki, let’s start with an easy one: how would you describe your sound?

Kaki King: Well, I don’t think my music is based on a lot of things, just heavy and intricate guitar work. My first two records were solo guitar records and then the next two were built on the same theme - there’s lots of complicated, unorthodox guitar playing. It can come in many different forms, but that’s the thing that drives my music for myself - I hear the genesis of all the songs when I start writing the guitar part.

Billboard interviews Adam Gardner of Guster about ecology and the music business.

Q: Where is the music business lacking in greening efforts?

Gardner: The things lacking most are knowledge and help. And that's the void Reverb is trying to fill. A lot of people think it's too hard or too expensive. For example, we've done some work with Warner Music Group. We have them looking at energy efficiency in their headquarters in New York City. They're going to save money by taking a closer at their energy and water usage. It's just a matter of getting the information out there and having people facilitate it.

In the New York Times, Billy Bragg calls for social networking sites to pay royalties to musicians.

The claim that sites such as MySpace and Bebo are doing us a favor by promoting our work is disingenuous. Radio stations also promote our work, but they pay us a royalty that recognizes our contribution to their business. Why should that not apply to the Internet, too?

Bostonist wraps up its coverage of local bands at SXSW.

The Austin American-Statesman offers tips to self-publish your book.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines how Emory University acquired the papers of author Alice Walker.

When Byrd learned Walker was looking for a place for her papers, he fired off an e-mail to Walker touting Emory: It had made a commitment to collect the work of African-American writers and it was important that any scholar engaged in research on her work should do so in her home state, where the setting would have an impact on how they treat her work. Walker hails from Eatonton, in Middle Georgia.

CMJ reviews the Mountain Goats' recent Brooklyn performance.

NPR excerpts from Toby Barlow's prose novel, Sharp Teeth, and talks to the author.

see also: Barlow's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

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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