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March 25, 2008


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

Bittorrent download of a show by the Zombie Eaters (members of the Sword playing as Faith No More).

The Phoenix interviews Laurie Anderson about her new album, Homeland.

Is Homeland overtly political?

Maybe covertly, like most of my work. Not all its stories are political. It’s a great time for stories. People are listening in a sharper way right now, trying to evaluate stories the candidates are telling. So this is a very wordy piece.

Popmatters interviews Colin Meloy of the Decemberists.

Earlier today I was listening to the …Sings Morrissey EP and I couldn’t help but think of what Mark Kozelek does with Sun Kil Moon, like how he does an entire album of AC/DC covers arranged for folk guitar; sometimes those innocent little pop songs can hold quite a bit of weight if put in the right context.

Yeah, he’s become kind of a master of that, though he’s definitely in the kind of Cat Power [vein]: free to do whatever he wants. I tend to be a little more conservative in my covering.

First Coast News reviews the Mountain Goats Heretic Pride.

With a creative imagination and a way with words John Darnielle weaves tales of cults, love, death metal and monsters set to a sound that's based upon contemporary folk but is enriched with cello's, pianos, synths, multi-part vocals, and thundering drums. Heretic Pride is as dramatic as it is sensitive and as loud as it is quiet. Whether it's the nearly poppy single, "Sax Rohmer #1," to the crunchy indie rock of, "In the Crates On the Moon," Heretic Pride paints itself as something much, much more than just another folk inspired album.

The AskMetafilter community suggests "engrossing books that make you think until it hurts a little bit."

Mark your calendars, Free Comic Book Day in the US is May 3rd this year.

The Christian Science Monitor reviews David Hajdu's book, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America.

Amid the outcry, millions of 10-cent comic books vanished from store shelves and 800 people lost their jobs. "[All] they did was tell outrageous stories in cartoon pictures, a fact that makes their struggle and their downfall all the more strange and sad," writes David Hajdu in his revealing new history The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America.

ACL Fest News and Rumors is already collecting the buzz about this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival.

NPR's Morning Edition talks to three writers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Joss Whedon, best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult and Percy Carey aka MF Grimm) who have written graphic novels.

For Percy Carey, who raps under the stage name MF Grimm, writing graphic novels meant not just learning to speak a new language, but also appreciating the value of the story he was telling. While Whedon and Picoult were dealing with the fantastic, Carey's graphic novel, Sentences, is an autobiographical account of the shooting that left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

No Love For Ned's streaming radio show offers an in-studio performance by Samara Lubelski.

io9 lists 15 great movies you didn't know were science fiction.

New West interviews author Benjamin Percy.

NW: “The Woods” and “Meltdown” share qualities that are found in horror or science fiction. Do you read genre novels and stories? If so, are there certain aspects to these genres that you find useful to import into your “literary” fiction? The suspense, in particular, in “The Woods” is done so well.

BP: I read literary and genre fiction interchangeably. Some of my favorite authors can’t be classified as one or the other: Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Elmore Leonard, Cormac McCarthy, Ray Bradbury. They honor some conventions from a given genre and reinvent and interrupt others. As I see it, what’s typically wrong with genre is this: cardboard characters and transparent language. And what’s typically wrong with literary fiction is this: nothing happens. Throw out their worst qualities, bind together their best qualities, and you’ve got a recipe for magic.

USA Today compares social networking sites built for music lovers.

At NPR's All Things Considered, author Ethan Canin explains why you should read Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth.

I like my masterpieces straight up. It's 640 pages without a literary trick. NO experimentation with prose. No stream of consciousness. Just page after page of the most harrowing and vivid writing about the sea and the ship and the animalistic brutality of man upon man. Unsworth takes you up the humming mainmast, throws you sideways in the house-high waves and chains you inside the foul underdeck where waves of human excrement slosh through the slaves' quarters as the merciless sea — charted by the equally merciless captain — rocks the hull outside.

The book Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women has a blog featuring interviews with authors who contributed to the compilation.

The Nashville Public Library lists adult books with teen appeal.

Hallelujah! Happy birthday to my fellow Hot Freak Dodge at My Old Kentucky Blog.

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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