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June 25, 2008


The 2008 Bonnaroo music download page has been updated with an mp3 download of My Morning Jacket's cover-laden three hour set (courtesy of You Ain't No Picasso) and a bittorrent download of that same show as well as the Raconteurs' performance.

Browse through You Ain't No Picasso for some stunning photographs from the festival.

Glide interviews singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz.

Your influences run deep and diverse from David Bowie and the Beatles to Echo & The Bunnymen and Joy Division. How did you develop your own sound/voice and how would you most personally describe it?

Some folks say they’re still waiting for me to find my own voice…I finally drop the English accent and reviewers say i sound like ray davies… ! im still working on it – im sure recording at home and playing all the parts has something to do with developing those things.

Eef Barzelay talks to the Cleveland Free Times about the history of Clem Snide as well as his solo career.

The Calgary Herald profiles Okkervil River.

In the Chicago Sun-Times, Jim DeRogatis is less than enchanted with Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville live performance.

In fact, as Phair made her way through the disc with her still off-key voice, distinct lack of onstage charisma and forced stage banter about the Cubs and Barack Obama, backed by various combinations of the three faceless L.A. pros who've supported her on recent tours as the Gen X Sheryl Crow, it was hard not to think that while "Exile in Guyville" stands tall on record, it has gained nothing and maybe even shrunk in live performance.

Crawdaddy! lists 2008's best books on music (so far).

The Guardian's books blog wonders why independent writers aren't given the same respect as indie musicians and filmmakers.

Rolling Stone profiles US presidential candidate Barack Obama.

While his musical tastes tend towards the old-school, Obama is in touch with today’s creative top dogs: He’s talked policy with Ludacris, referenced Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (with a brushing motion in response to Hillary Clinton-hurled criticisms) in a campaign speech, and joined acts ranging from Usher to at rallies. “Every time I talk to Jay-Z, who is a brilliant talent and a good guy, I enjoy how he thinks,” says Obama, who believes that the recent political galvanization of America’s youth will soon be reflected in music. “He’s serious and he cares about his art,” he adds. “That’s somebody who is going to start branching out and can help shape attitudes in a real positive way.”

JamBase profiles Daniel Johnston.

When interviewed from his home in Texas, where he currently lives with his folks, he says his favorite part isn't the fans or fame. "What I like about being on tour is comic book shopping and record shopping," says Johnston. "I make enough money so I just get pounds of stuff. It's really fun."

The Atlantic interviews author Michael Chabon.

JG: Was Zohan a Zionist movie, or a post-Zionist movie, and, does it really matter?

MC: To the degree that it appears to suggest that Jews and Arabs can never live in peace anywhere but in a mythical neighborhood of downtown New York City, I guess I would definitely be inclined to classify it as "post-Something."

TV Scoop and review the BBC 1 program, In Search of Haruki Murakami.

Red Karaoke is a social networking service built around (you guessed it) karaoke.

New York magazine predicts this year's "song of the summer."

The I Love Music community is celebrating My Bloody Valentine's reunion with a thread of jokes.

At NPR's Books We Like, Bookslut's Jessa Crispin recommends Sarah Hall's second novel, Daughters of the North.

Jackie is not infallible, and her methods in pursuit of the greater good are not always kind. But that is what makes Daughters of the North a novel, not an allegory. Hall has created a complex, tight work about hope springing out of resistance.

Catbird Records' latest release, Forest Fire's Survival, is available as mp3s as a pay-what-you-want download, a CD in a 7" sleeve, and a (sold out) CD with 12" sleeve and giclee print cover insert.

Plugged In lists its favorite albums of 2008.

Spaghetti Book Club offers book reviews "by kids for kids."

The A.V. Club lists the best music tracks of 2008 so far.

The National Post profiles Dash Shaw and his graphic novel, Bottomless Belly Button.

"My dad's thing is that he likes a good story well told. That's his phrase," says Shaw. "If he walks out of a movie, he'll slap his knee and be like [adopting deep voice] ‘That was a good story well told.' I don't believe that. I don't go for good stories well told. I want beauty. I'm an art dork. I like avant-garde films."

see also: Shaw's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

NPR offers a playlist of "songs for the left lane."

Fluke is a Mac OS X add-on that allows you to play FLAC lossless audio files directly in iTunes.

livemp3s posts mp3 downloads of indie rock concerts.

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 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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