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September 2, 2008


Pitchfork interviews Beck.

Weeds' actor Hunter Parrish discusses his music career with the Boston Globe.

Parrish began singing in church as a boy, and is now working on his debut album, which he describes as fitting into the "rock-acoustic-chill-coffeehouse" genre.

Scandinavian Crime Mysteries is a litblog worth reading.

Israel21c profiles cartoonist Rutu Modan.

Songsterr offers guitar tabs for over 200 songs with a unique visual interface and streaming audio.

PleaseDressMe is a t-shirt search engine.

Cracked lists Hollywood's 5 saddest attempts at feminism.

Five Chapters is serializing a new story by Simon Rich this week, and is giving away copies of his latest humor collection, Free Range Chickens.

The Los Angeles Times' Extended Play blog examines the music album's "recent decline in value."

Salon talks to Amanda Petrusich about her book, It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, and the Search for the Next American Music.

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

The Los Angeles Times examines the pop culture reemergence of the Banana Splits.

Giant stuffed animals -- stuffed with people -- the Splits first appeared on television from 1968 to 1970 in a live-action "Laugh-In"/"Monkees"/"Magilla Gorilla" mash-up produced by Hanna-Barbera and realized in part by Sid and Marty Krofft, pre-"Pufnstuf." The original "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" was re-cut, repackaged and reshown over the next couple of decades, so that its cultural influence extended into Generation X and beyond. The “Tra La La Song” theme was covered in the late 1970s by first-wave L.A. pop-punks the Dickies and in the 1990s by indie queen Liz Phair.

The Times Online test drives the Sony Reader (Sony's e-book reader).

The Chicago Tribune examines the Chinese Democracy mp3 leak case.

Sound Unwound is Amazon's new Wikipedia-like music site, complete with its own blog.

Google explains its web browser project Google Chrome via a webcomic drawn by Scott McCloud.

The Guardian's rock music critic, laura Barton, attends the opera.

My heart lifts when I discover that the second half of an opera is generally shorter than the first. Back in my seat, feeling more buoyant, I wonder what I make of The Rake's Progress, and conclude that, while it looks spectacular, it is actually very dreary while, musically speaking, I like it slightly less than bassline house. As the curtain falls, I am off across town to meet my friends at a scuzzy little bar where there is cheap beer and loud rock.

Southern Shelter features mp3s of Patterson Hood's solo set at the Decatur Book Festival.

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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