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April 30, 2008

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The 2008 Coachella music downloads page has been updated with mp3s of performances by Metric, Roger Waters, Holy F*ck, MGMT, and Aphex Twin.


The 2008 Monolith Music Festival has announced the lineup for the September 13th & 14th Morrison, Colorado event.


io9 lists 20 science books every SciFi fan (and writer) should read.


The Mental Floss blog examines 5 superhero (and supervillain) origins.


John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is guest blogging at PowellsBooks.Blog this week.


NPR's Fresh Air interviews Nick Cave.


The San Francisco Bay Guardian profiles the Morning Benders.

The quartet's debut, Talking Through Tin Cans (+1), chronicles the highs and lows of young romance in exuberant three-minute bursts bubbling with guitar jangles and winsome harmonies. Largely indebted to the sunny sounds of 1960s songwriting, the Morning Benders craft teenage anthems dedicated to the giddy wonders and tongue-tied stammers of the heart. Recalling moments of the Shins and Sloan in its indebtedness to classic pop, Talking is a remarkably confident debut, especially for a bunch of guys barely in their 20s.

SF Weekly also profiles the band.


Cinematical lists seven children's books that need to be filmed immediately.


LAist interviews Aimee Mann about her new album, @#%&*! Smilers (out June 3rd).

LAist: What is the story behind the name of your album?

There are a few things that inspired it, but one of them is the fact that a friend of mine and I used to belong to this newsgroup called alt.bitter, and the album is named after one of the posts that appeared in the group. In that thread, a bunch of us vented about those annoying people who tell you to smile when you don’t feel like it. There’s almost something a little sexist about it, too, because it’s usually men telling women to smile. It has this kind of inherent, annoying assumption that you’re there just so they can be pleased looking at you, and you’re somehow not doing your job if you’re not smiling.


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features Foals with an in-studio performance and interview.


At Drowned in Sound, members of No Age analyze their new album Nouns (out May 6th) track by track.


The Futurist recaps Throw Me the Statue's WOXY Lounge Act in-studio performance with a couple of mp3s.


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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