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September 9, 2008


The 2008 Lollapalooza downloads page has been updated with mp3s of the performances by Radiohead and Yeasayer; bittorrent downloads of the shows by Battles, Chromeo, Gnarls Barkley, Love and Rockets, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, and Saul Williams; and video downloads of sets by Blues Traveler, Broken Social Scene, Chromeo, DeVotchKa, Dr. Dog, Duffy, Explosions in the Sky, Flogging Molly, G. Love and Special Sauce, the Go Team, the Gutter Twins, Jamie Lidell, John Butler, Kid Sister, Love and Rockets, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, the National, the Office, and the Whigs.

Pitchfork interviews Paul Weller.

Pitchfork: Is success alone enough to breed confidence in a songwriter?

PW: I think you have to satisfy yourself first and foremost. There have been records I've been really, really pleased with that haven't connected with people. But I felt good about them. If you're making music, you must want to turn other people on to it, whether you're number one in the charts or number 60. I don't know, that's a commercial thing, but just the fact that other people like you…there's no point in making music, otherwise. Otherwise you might as well make it in your bedroom and leave it there. So you've got to please yourself first, but after you've done that you also want-- well, I want-- other people to like it.

PopMatters offers its fall movie preview.

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Tom Piazza's latest novel, City of Refuge.

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

Recycled Love Songs lists the top 25 indie break up songs.

At Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow reviews My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, a book by Less Than Jake bassist Jessica Mills.

Mills is a great writer -- of all the baby-books I've read, only COMBAT BOOTS deserves the adjective "compelling" -- and while I don't agree with 100 percent (or even 85 percent!) of her parenting ideas, I found them provocative, well-informed, and, above all, humane. Mills has high ideals, but she freely acknowledges that her parenting often falls short of her objectives -- her kid ends up watching Disney cartoons, pitching tantrums, and wanting to wear frilly pink dresses. It's this human fallibility that really makes the book -- Mills's insistence that we're all human and parents can, will and should make mistakes. Mills's book is as much about how to cope with your own challenges as it is about coping with your kids'.

Minnesota Public Radio has a panel debate the relevance of teaching J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye to teenagers today.

The Los Angeles Times profiles Alejandro Escovedo.

All comeback stories are unlikely, but Alejandro Escovedo's is more so than most. Five years ago, he was vomiting blood in a Tempe hospital. Several months ago, he was on stage with Bruce Springsteen, playing the first song on his new album to an audience of 18,000.

The Portland Mercury reviews the new song, "Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle," by John Darnielle and Kaki King,

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and Kaki King have shed some light on this misunderstood mass of pixels with their new song (the appropriately named) "Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In Another Castle." Sung from Toad's point of view, the song illustrates how the "humanoid mushroom" feels while waiting alone for Mario to come. The sulfur stench, the screams, the darkness... Toad had it pretty bad. Even the line "When you came in, I could breathe again," is a bit heartbreaking to hear. While I'm not going to completely forgive Toad for mocking me at the end of each world, this song has made me a little less filled with hate than I was before. I suppose that's a good thing.

T-shirt of the day: "The Great Gatsby"

MSNBC lists its favorite gimmick TV episodes.

NME lists the top ten fan (music) stage invasions, along with YouTube videos.

Omnivoracious is's books blog.

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman talks to Fresh Air about his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America.

Software, Technology, and More lists 10 "awesome fantasy series that are not Potter or LoTR."

NPR is streaming Radiohead's late August Santa Barbara performance.

Pop Candy lists the best high school television shows.

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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