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June 30, 2008


The 2008 Bonnaroo music download page has been updated with a bittorrent download of the performance by Death Cab for Cutie; and an mp3 download of the show by Dark Star Orchestra.

The New Yorker features a new short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle, "Thirteen Hundred Rats."

The Liverpool Echo features a photo of members of Parliament in moptop wigs for Beatles Day.

The New Yorker has started a new blog, The Cartoon Lounge.

This blog won’t be about cartoons as much as the minds behind the cartoons, and also the minds of the other cartoonists who say, “Hey—I thought of that cartoon first.” So it will literally be like hanging out in the cartoonists’ lounge at The New Yorker, but hopefully a little more civil. interviews Matt Berninger of the National.

Was your last album, Boxer, as hard to make as your film A Skin, A Night suggests?

The film is an abstraction. We come across as relatively tortured and stressed-out, which is true for part of the time. So, in some ways, it's an accurate snapshot but of a small part of us. We smile and laugh, too, but I think Vincent took those bits out.

Pitchfork interviews Liz Phair about her remastered Exile in Guyville album.

Pitchfork: You mention in the documentary that the Liz Phair of Guyville sounds like a very sad person. Do these songs still evoke the same emotions for you?

LP: They evoke a period when I was on the edge. I was not living up to the expectations of my family. What I had been raised to do I was certainly not doing. I was scamming my way through life, not really working. And I think I had some self-destructive tendencies. But it was also wild and fun. I was probably my coolest back then, and I've seriously fallen off the cool radar now. But at the same time I'm a lot more secure now, I think. There's something grounded about getting older. You get older and you have to deal with yourself. Going back and listening to those songs is kind of titillating for me because listening to the person I was makes me feel a little sexier, a little cooler, a little more dangerous, a little Angelina Jolie, which I don't mind so much right now.

BBC Radio 1 rates buzz bands' Glastonbury performances.

The Detroit Free-Press previews the Rothbury music festival, and examines the growth in the number of music festivals.

Rothbury organizers still haven't settled on an all-encompassing definition for their event, and perhaps nobody will have one until it wraps up next week. From this early vantage point, Rothbury seems to lie somewhere among the neo-hippie vibe of Bonnaroo, the freak-art spirit of Nevada's Burning Man and the indie cool of Coachella.

The Telegraph lists 50 songs to make you dance.

In Esquire, Chuck Klosterman recounts teaching a class in Germany, and discovers how the rest of the world views Americans.

Michael Jackson had more essays written about him than anyone else, which didn't shock me. What did surprise me was how sympathetically he is viewed: The general consensus seems to be that Jackson is an eccentric, philanthropic genius whose nation has turned against him, possibly due to racist motives. However, they do assume he's a child molester. Europeans are open-minded in unorthodox ways.

The A.V. Club lists 21 hilariously hyperbolic pro-America songs.

The Guardian is offering a free album of downloadable mp3s fom acts playing Glastonbury this year.

remain calm lists homenrew audio applications available for the Nintendo DS.

The Economist examines the political influence of hip hop music.

Slant lists the 25 greatest electronic albums of the 20th century.

NPR's Weekend Edition talks to Paulo Bacigalupi, whose collection of science ficction short stories, Pump Six, is based on environmental science.

Backseat Sandbar wraps up its coverage of Terrastock 7, a truly unique music festival.

Dressing Sharp and Feeling Dull's indie rock fight of the week features Jay Farrar vs. Jeff Tweedy.

Oregon Public Broadcasting features Perhapst with an in-studio performance and interview.

io9 lists 10 science fiction books that were better than the films they inspired.

The Los Angeles Times reviews Benjamin Taylor's novel, The Book of Getting Even.

At 166 pages, "The Book of Getting Even" is a mortar shot of a novel -- the trajectory is steep, the narrative moves at tremendous velocity and the book ends with a bang. Yet it also is a bittersweet and redemptive love story, richly decorated and recounted with the deepest insight and compassion for the workings of the human heart.

The Guardian gets Glostonbury performers to share farm stories.

Santogold says her mother was brought up on a farm in Mississippi and taught her to ride horses on holiday in Jamaica. And Candi Staton was raised on a farm in Hanceville, Alabama. "My job was to feed the chickens," she says. "They were my alarm clock, waking me up every morning. And we had a hog farm, we raised cows, we grew peas, okra, corn, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, zucchini, onions, squash ..." Had she never contemplated a career in farming? "No, I hated it, hated it. The sun is hot, you get dirt under your fingernails, there's nothing creative about it."

The Independent reviews David Sedaris's latest collection of essays, When You Are Engulfed in Flames.

In this collection, the black comedy that has always been a vital part of his writing comes fully to the fore. These are dark, visceral essays that look unflinchingly at the vulnerable ageing body and at death. It's amazing that Sedaris manages to make witnessing an autopsy so funny.

Steamboats Are Ruining Everything discusses how the internet is changing literary style.

Twitter/amazonmp3 keeps track of the daily album deal at Amazon's MP3 store.

Lifehacker lists the books that changed its readers' lives.

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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