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March 31, 2008

Shorties

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

A bittorrent download of a performance by Yeasayer.


Pitchfork reports that Liz Phair will reissue a remastered edition of Exile in Guyville, complete with bonus tracks and a DVD.


Popmatters interviews singer-songwriter Jim White.

2. The fictional character most like you?

There are times when I am good and times when I am bad. My actual character lies somewhere between the following extremes. At my best I might resemble Clarice, the Jodie Foster character in The Silence of the Lambs. I’m drawn to worrisome mysteries and despite my conspicuous failings, I drive myself toward the truth, no matter what the cost.


The American Book Review (PDF link) lists the 100 best last lines from novels.


Popmatters profiles the Hold Steady, catching three of the band's show in the process.

But the Hold Steady is not just another indie darling. While the indie world is composed of a slough of sub-genres, each with its own particular conception of artistic purity, the Hold Steady is a rock group with a capital R. Direct descendents of Springsteen with a hint of the Replacements’ rowdy edge, the Hold Steady is a gregarious Midwest bar band in an indie world that has become aesthetically self-conscious. So in order to understand why the Hold Steady is unique, one must understand the fractured state of the indie world.


The New Yorker features new short fiction by Ha Jin, "The House Behind a Weeping Cherry."


In the Guardian, author Dan Rhodes lists his top ten short books.


Bookshelf is a blog dedicated to bookshelf design.


Southern Shelter shares mp3s from Elf Power's Athens album release show for In a Cave.


The New Yorker previews Alina Simone's April 4th New York performance.

Alina Simone performs songs from her forthcoming release, “Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware,” an inspired album of covers of the glasnost-era Siberian punk poet Yana Stanislavovna Dyagileva. Known as Yanka, this remarkable songwriter, who had a yearning voice and favored rebellious lyrics, grew up in Novosibirsk, hooked up with the Siberian punk scene in 1985, and died mysteriously six years later, at the age of twenty-four. Simone has done a great service in bringing these treasures to non-Russian audiences. (Yanka’s recorded output included just twenty-nine original songs, all of which circulated on samizdat cassettes.) Simone’s innovative versions reveal her many similarities to her heroine—most prominently, her haunting voice. The greatest difference is in the presentation. Yanka’s sound was spare and gritty, driven mainly by her acoustic guitar. Simone’s arrangements are fleshed out with trumpet, viola, slide guitar, and bajo sexto. The Russian-born comedian Eugene Mirman shares the bill.


This week Five Chapters is serializing new short fiction by Joanna Hershon, author of the recently published novel The German Bride.


Paste is celebrating baseball's opening day with several music-related features:

10 Best Baseball Songs (that aren't John Fogerty's "Center Field")
Rickey Henderson Haikus (by Centro-matic's Will Johnson)
Charley Pride Was a Negro Leagues Pitcher (*and other fun facts from black baseball & music history)
The Least Intimidating Entrance Songs Ever


Nick Urata of DeVotchKa talks to the Independent.

"I didn't want to be pigeonholed into one style and make one record after another that sounded the same. I wanted exotic instruments and exotic flavourings, yet still be accessible to people who like pop or rock. I wasn't sure how to get there, but I visualised it and through trial and failure I honed it. And I found four like-minded individuals who stuck together."


Author Scott Sigler talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about offering his books in audio form as free podcasts before selling the written product.


This message board thread points out many downloadable mp3 rarities from the National.



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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