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June 26, 2008


The 2008 Bonnaroo music download page has been updated with a video download of Chris Rock's performance and another lossless bittorrent download of the Raconteurs set.

Creative Loafing Charlotte recaps its 2008 Bonnaroo experience.

The Chicago Tribune reviews Liz Phair's recent Exile in Guyville performance.

Barely dressed in hip-hugging hot pants, high-heeled sandals and a sleeveless black vest that afforded generous exposure to a purple bra/bikini top, Phair could have passed for a Bunny in the old Playboy Club. And while the 41-year-old mother no longer suffers stage fright, her mannerisms were stiff and her presence awkward. Her amateurish command of the guitar paralleled the limitations of her thin, wavering singing.

Salman Rushdie talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about his latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence.

"There is a point at which the book doesn't belong to you anymore, it belongs to itself," Rushdie said. "It is true about the act of creation, isn't it? You create something that then acquires its own life. . . . it has to go out into the world and make its own way and that is true of a child or a book."

Popmatters breaks down Snoop Dogg's appearance on the soap opera One Life to Live.

My favorite part of the cameo was the way in which OLTL blurred the line between fiction and reality. Snoop, of course, was being himself, and he performed his actual songs, with his real-life crew, but there was a twist. He was given back story that connected his life in entertainment with one of the show’s main characters. Turns out, OLTL‘s Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods), the former Llanview police commissioner, gave Snoop his start in show business. Who knew?

Futurismic's Blasphemous Geometries discusses the perils of genre in literature and film.

Critical terms do not only exist to help us categorise things, they can also be used to cast new light on old favourites by suggesting that we reconsider a particular work in conjunction with other works that we might not previously have associated with it. For example, Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) might be dismissed as needlessly fantastical if seen as a detective story, but if seen as a work of steampunk cinema, it takes on a whole new set of meanings - despite the fact that it is rather unlikely that the writer or director had even heard of the term at the time.

T-shirts of the day: anything from Revolushirt, who sell t-shirts that combine "politics and social awareness with fashion"

FANZINE examines the current state of poetry in Philadelphia by profiling some of the city's poets.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Victor Krummenacher and Jonathan Segel of Camper Van Beethoven.

Paste interviews Silver Jews frontman Dave Berman.

Paste: Why did you include a chord chart inside the album's booklet and how does the idea of other people mastering your songs make you feel?

Berman: I'm encouraging it. There are a lot of different facets to it. It's the "folk" thing to do. No one does it and I don't know why. It's strange that people put lyrics in their liner notes and they could just give a little more information, but hold it back. Whenever I'm explaining why I put it in, I always want to say, "Why does everyone else hide it?"

New York magazine's Vulture blog interviews Liz Phair.

The New York Times offers a slideshow of items sent to the newspaper's book review writers as promotional gimmicks.

blogger disclosure: all I get in the book packages sent my way are books, with the exception of a pack of candy that accompanied Sara Zarr's Sweethearts

NPR's Talk of the Nation has journalists lists their favorite political books.

Weekly Dig interviews Toby Barlow, author of the werewolf novel Sharp Teeth.

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

New York magazine gets summer mixtapes from RTZA, Albert hammond Jr., Free Kitten's Kim Gordon, the Jealous Girlfriends' Alex Lipsen, and Pistolera's Sandra Lilia Velasquez. Listen to the resulting Muxtapes.

NPR's All Things Considered and the Wilmington Star-News list the best CDs of 2008 so far.

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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