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May 1, 2008

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The 2008 Coachella music downloads page has been updated with mp3s of the performance by DeVotchKa, a bittorrent download of Verve's performance, as well as videos of the Aphex Twin, Fatboy Slim, Gogol Bordello, Minus the Bear, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings sets.


Clickmusic interviews Lykke Li.

How does the reality of life as a singer compare your dreams as a child?

It's not at all what I thought it would be. It's a lot of hard work. You think of life as a singer, you think it's going to be something you enjoy, and a lot of the time it's just travel. And I'm always looking for the next level. I don't really live so much in the moment, I'm always just focusing on the future.


The Detroit Free Press interview Jamie Hince of the Kills.


Eye Weekly interviews Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes.


In the San Francisco Bay Times, Dan Baird calls Thee Oh Sees the "next great San Francisco band."

Thee Oh Sees also prompt a number of stylistic comparisons. You can hear a bit of the primal rockabilly of the Cramps and some of the instrumental meanderings of a host of garage and psychedelic acts like The Seeds or even The Great Society, or the more contemporary pared down blues of acts like the White Stripes or The Black Keys. And hey, those aren’t dirty words either, just because they’re popular, and I can think of a lot more bands they bring to mind, like The Oblivians, The Dirtbombs, The Gories, Mr. Airplane Man and more.


The Madison Capital Times interviews Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.

How did you get involved in this summer's "True Colors" tour (a festival-type tour organized by Cyndi Lauper aimed at raising money to support gay civil rights causes)?

Cyndi Lauper's manager came to see us play in New York, and after she saw the show, asked us if we would consider doing some dates. We were obviously just thrilled. Cyndi Lauper is one of my biggest influences growing up as a kid in the '80s. I feel like you were either a Cyndi Lauper kid or a Madonna kid.


The New York Times reviews Augusten Burroughs' new memoir, A Wolf at the Table.


The Madison Capital Times profiles singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton.


Popmatters profiles Killing Joke.

As Motorhead occupied a space outside rock ‘n’ roll, punk, and heavy metal in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Killing Joke similarly defied categorization during the same period. The London four-piece were lumped in with the rest of the diverse, burgeoning post punk acts at the time, but were considerably less edgy than their peers, their blunt, pulverizing music echoing the rage and cynicism expressed in the songs making them somewhat of an anomaly.


Wilco's John Stirratt talks to the Colorado Springs Independent.

"You can't look at it as a bad thing," says Stirrat of the record industry's declining fortunes. "I think they lived the life for a long time — that sort of standard of living that the industry enjoyed and the unreality of everything. I don't know — it's a peculiar time, even since this Radiohead thing, which is going to do a lot for bands like us."

Stirratt also talks to the Winnipeg Sun.


Kurb offers a guide to blogging for musicians.


Eye Weekly profiles Wye Oak.

WHO ARE THEY? The musical couple formerly known as Monarch, Baltimore residents Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner borrowed the name of their state’s honorary tree after realizing they shared their former moniker with about 50 zillion other bands. Though the two have collaborated with each other since high school, this particular indie-rock configuration only dates back to 2006. And while Wasner nervously claims Wye Oak’s “pretty early in the learning curve,” their ethereal blend of creakily folky melodies, dreamy percussion and sculpted layers of gauzy distortion charmed the folks at Merge, who’ve re-released their If Children disc.


The New York Times Paper Cuts blog offers a music playlist by Willy Vlautin for his new novel, Northline.


The Guardian profiles New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.

Earlier this week, a Harvard student newspaper reported that Franzen had said that "the stupidest person in New York City is currently the lead reviewer of fiction for the New York Times". Salman Rushdie has described Kakutani as "a weird woman", while Nicholson Baker said that one of her reviews "was like having my liver taken out without anaesthesia".


The Rake Magazine defends hipster literature.


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


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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