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March 30, 2008


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

An mp3 download of a performance by Clare and the Reasons (which includes a cover of Tears for Fears' "Everybody wants to Rule the World").

Shelby Lynne talks to the Detroit Free-Press.

"Music is supposed to be emotional. It's supposed to strike chords in you that you didn't know existed. You're supposed to be naked with music," Lynne says in a rust-colored, Alabama-bred accent that turns naked into nekkid. "It's supposed to be an emotional ride, and you need to have a hangover after it."

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward talk about their music collaboration (She & Him's Vol. 1) to Newsday.

Contrary to the CD's indie image, its music could barely be a more accessible brand of pop - if of an antique variety.

"The whole thing was never meant to be snobbish or elitist," Deschanel says. "I listen mainly to old music that was really popular."

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel features 15 poems adapted to short animations as part of its Poetry Everywhere feature.

The Boston Globe interviews Stephen Malkmus.

Q. The Jicks have been called indie, prog-rock, even a jam band. Do you feel any particular categorical allegiance?

A. I would say that we're not really a classic jam band, and we're not like the indie of Rilo Kiley. Have you heard of them? We're not like that kind of indie; I guess we're more old-school indie (laughs). You know, from the times of SST and Touch and Go and Homestead, these labels that started in the '80s, we kind of play in that realm rather than this new kind of MySpace indie.

The Times Online reviews Dan Kennedy's memoir, Rock On.

The comedy in Rock On owes more to The Office than it does to Spinal Tap. When Kennedy isn't trying to ape the street slang of the black hip-hop artist Fat Joe, or figure out the joke with the British cod-metal band the Darkness, he's in meetings. Tense and usually pointless affairs presided over by middle-aged types with passé haircuts and fake tans, these serve chiefly to expose how out of touch Warners' middle managers are with modern music. Their mutual hostility and mindless incantations about how “awesome” and “exciting” everything is barely conceal an anxiety that they are about to be fired.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Moby.

Q: Most clubs don't get going until midnight. At 42, how does your body handle that?

A: There's this magic combination of beer and espresso or vodka and cheap coffee from a deli that somehow enables me to stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning. It means that I feel like garbage the entire next day, but that combination of liquor and coffee keeps me up. Also, I hope it doesn't sound hokey, but staying up playing dance music for people who are jumping up and down and screaming and getting excited enables me to stay awake.

The Toronto Star inteviews Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven page, who happens to be a fan of the Mountain Goats.

3. What's on your iPod?

I've got a small obsession for a guy named John Darnielle and his group The Mountain Goats. His songs are fantastic, especially on his last CD, Heretic Pride.

In This Magazine, author Dave Bidini bemoans CBC Radio's recent music programming changes.

The latest conventional pop body willing to romance Indie Rock and Alterna-Culture has been the CBC, which recently announced sweeping changes to its classical-only programming in an effort to youngify its listening audience. These efforts have hastened journalists such as Russell Smith to argue that, in choosing to become “alternative” by ditching classical shows, the CBC has achieved the opposite effect: no one listens to classical music much anymore, which makes it the real “alternative.” But because CBC’s proposed programming (a typical afternoon set might feature The New Pornographers, Feist, the Fembots and Final Fantasy) desires to be “alternative” but really isn’t—not with Indie Rock’s mainstream appeal—the point is moot. Only the sounds of grinding machines or spoken-word cabaret or sports programming could result in what the CBC hopes would be “alternative” programming. These days, being alternative isn’t what it used to be. lists the comic publishers ten best buddy teams.

Popular Science lists the most prophetic science fiction films.

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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