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April 1, 2008


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

An mp3 download of a performance by James Yulli.

Kim Deal of the Breeders and the Pixies talks to

"I have a good idea for a song, but that's about as far as it's gotten. Maybe some people go, 'Today I will start the process of the new record,' but I don't," Kim laughed. "I've heard that Nick Cave goes somewhere every morning and works like he's going to the office. And if he does it, you know it must work. I don't know if that would work for me though. I'm not a morning person."

The New York Daily News examines the fight to save two historic sites related to Jack Kerouac.

Authors Kris Saknussem and Kris Arnoldi have set up 2FORKHWY, which features interviews with musicians and other pop culture figures.

Status Ain't Hood lists the best albums of 2008 (so far).

Wired's Listening Post blog interviews Javelin's Tom Van Buskirk about making a YouTube video.

EVB: You guys supposedly have an album coming out at the end of the summer. Why spend all this time making a YouTube video?

TVB: YouTube is the real currency of fun free shit that is traded daily, for no other purpose than that it's fun to show someone something you've seen that cracks you up or makes you feel good. Of course you can take that to the MTV level, or try-- but people end up watching it on YouTube anyway. In the end it is one of your friends showing you something they've found, not a shitty ad exec. Ask Tay Zonday [of "Chocolate Rain"].

The Village Voice's Sound of the City blog interviews Stephen Malkmus.

VV: So, whom are you secretly hoping might be in the audience on the East Coast this time?

SM: Obviously Caron Butler from the Washington Wizards. Both women in the band have a crush on him, and I have my own man-crush on him. It's a great story. His mom was basically a crack addict in a really rough area of Wisconsin, and he's managed to keep the team in the playoffs. It'd be really nice to meet him. Not anyone specifically from within the Beltway so much.

Idolator examines the farewell issue of Harp.

Near as KK can tell, Harp was distinct from Paste in that it assumed that their readers had a sense of humor (they might have liked Human Giant and Adult Swim, both of which are profiled herein) and might be interested in abrasive guitar music (Mountain Goat dude John Darnielle is played a 1977 cut by Rhys Chatham in an FOB "jukebox jury" piece, a Loren Connors reissue is assessed in the reviews section, the hipster-metal film Such Hawks Such Hounds is featured in the FOB), among other things. There's little sense of the ponderous and defensive middlebrow Bobo-ism that afflicts Paste.

Chicagoist interviews Barry Gifford, author of the fictional memoir Memories from a Sinking Ship.

Former Jayhawk Gary Louris talks to the Boston Herald.

“I like that I have my solo thing, the Mark and Gary thing, Golden Smog (his alt-country supergroup),” he said. “And I also have some co-writing and film work, so my interests are varied."

The A.V. Club lists 18 fictional drugs.

Minneapolis Public Radio's The Current features the Headlights with an interview and in-studio performance.

Stereogum has posted Enjoyed: A Tribute to Bjork's Post.

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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