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June 18, 2008


The 2008 Bonnaroo downloads page has been updated with mp3s of sets by Sigur Ros, Pearl Jam, and Phil Lesh; bittorrent lossless downloads of Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, and Abigail Washburn; and video downloads of performances by Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Folds, Bluegrass Allstars, Umphrey's McGee, and the Raconteurs.

JamBase recaps this year's edition of the Manchester, Tennessee music festival.

The Montreal Gazette interviews Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg.

Gazette: But again, as a listener, without knowing everything that goes into it, Shearwater seems incredibly meticulous to me. It seems like something where you need to think about everything very hard. So in your case, to me it seems more like when you think, you don't stink.

Meiburg: Well, you're probably just hearing me being an obsessive, incredibly overwrought person. (Laughs) I don't know. I certainly worked on it for a long time, so after a while you just keep peeling pieces away and adjusting things and adjusting levels. (Pause) I think it's important to try to preserve both. I mean, obviously I love those Talk Talk records. And one of the things that I like the most about them ... I mean, I don't think they're the be-all and end-all of music, but the thing that I found really inspiring about them is that they worked on them for a really long time, and yet there's still this organic feel about them. They don't sound like a Peter Gabriel record: They sound like something alive; they sound like a forest or something. Something that's incredibly complex and has all these different parts, but also that just grew there according to the laws of nature, as opposed to because somebody had to design it and construct it.

USA Today notes the growing pains of this year's summer music festivals.

Newcity Chicago profiles Liz Phair, who releases the remastered edition of Exile in Guyville next week.

“Exile in Guyville,” arguably the most important indie-rock record to spawn from Chicago in the 1990s, not only was an eye-opening success crafted by a girl in a boys club, but also a sweaty, personal introduction to a songwriter who would wow us with such natural expression and talent only to break our hearts later in gross disappointment.

The Charleston City Paper recommends new comics and graphic novels for summer reading.

The Guardian's books blog argues against the post of poet laureate.

Popmatters is hosting a new series of articles for the next four weeks, Secondhand Wonderland: The World of the Used Book. Today's installments are "Rates of Exchange: The Law of Conservation of Literature" and "Bibliotherapy."

San Diego CityBeat profiles Jincy Willett, whose new novel The Writing Class is out this month.

Willett’s first two books delighted some exacting critics. About her short-story collection, Jenny and the Jaws of Life, David Sedaris wrote, “I am prepared to wear a sandwich sign for this book. It’s just that good.” Augusten Burroughs called her 2003 novel Winner of the National Book Award, “the funniest novel I have read, possibly ever.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has book club grandmothers recommend children's books.

Holy Taco lists 14 songs you should never play in a bar.

CNET points out a computer Hell's Kitchen game based on chef Gordon Ramsey's television reality series.

The Guardian glowingly reviews Leonard Cohen's recent Manchester performance.

Cohen's baritone has become deeper and more formidable over the years; the line in Tower of Song - "I was born with the gift of a golden voice" - prompts a wave of knowing laughter and applause. The golden voice now resembles a boulder rolling down a tunnel: something huge and elemental.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Method Man about writing a graphic novel, Occult Crimes Taskforce.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You've always been into comic books, from childhood, right?

METHOD MAN: Since I was eight years old. I didn't have a TV, so comic books were definitely my television, my soap operas, and all that. So when this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance. I was throwing ideas all over the place at the writer, David Atchison, and he pieced something together that I felt was right up my alley.

EW also excerpts from the book.

Locus Online points out SF/F/H (science fiction/fantasy.horror) books currently on bestseller lists.

The Whigs are keeping a tour blog.

New York magazine interviews Dave Berman of the Silver Jews about his new album, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea.

Do you feel this is your best album?

I do. And I hesitate to say it, because I’ve heard R.E.M. say it so many times and they’ve always been wrong! Flagrantly wrong. Long before I ever wrote a song, I wondered about that. I would see that over and over again. So, that’s my qualification. I think it is. But I might be under the Stipe-Buck illusion.

The Hartford Advocate interviews David Sedaris.

I would think that the people in your life would come to expect to see their names in your writing.

Well, like, with the fact checker for the New Yorker, so I had written a story about buying a chicken leg and it was something I’d written about food for the New Yorker. And I said there were a lot of children in my family so — me anyway — I just wasn’t always certain I would get enough to eat and that was all that mattered to me — getting more food — and that I would buy a chicken leg off of Amy for 15 cents. So the fact checker called Amy: “Did your brother buy chicken legs from you? For 15 cents?” So if someone in my family appears in my story, I’ve given them that story to read first, or I read them the part of the story they’re in and I say, Is this OK with you, do you want me to change anything or do you have any objections?

Drowned in Sound interviews John Reis (Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, The Night Marchers).

The Guardian's film blog examines why everyone wants to make a biopic about poet Dylan Thomas.

eMusic is offering a free Pitchfork Music Festival Sampler featuring 25 tracks from bands playing the event.

Drowned in Sound profiles five bands to watch this month: How To Swim, My Sad Captains, Maybeshewill, High Places, and the 1900s.

Esquire offers photos of notable t-shirts seen at the Bonnaroo music festival this year.

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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