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October 20, 2008

Shorties (Dinner Party Download, Of Montreal, and more)

Dinner Party Download is a new podcast worth checking out. This week's edition features an interview with author Irvine Welsh.

Oregon Public Broadcasting offers in-studio video sessions by Joan as Police Woman, Jeff Hanson, and Boy Eats Drum Machine.

Pitchfork interviews Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes.

Pitchfork: I wonder who exactly you have in mind, as far as recent albums that you consider truly artistic.

KB: My favorite artists right now-- Deerhoof, Animal Collective, Fiery Furnaces, Caribou, Gang Gang Dance... I think HEALTH are great. There are just so many great bands. I feel like it's an amazing period of time. I think this is a time period we'll be looking back on in 10, 15 years from now and being like, "There were so many great records being made at that time." It's kind of hard to have a sense of the moment, but I'm trying to not take it for granted and realize there's so much great stuff out there. There are so many talented people out there.

PopMatters interviews Roy Harper.

“I was never really a bone fide member of the folk scene,” says Harper, whose 1960s and 1970s albums, including Stormcock, Sophisticated Beggar and Flat Baroque and Berserk are now considered classics—and precursors to today’s alternative folk genre. “I was too much of a modernist, really. Just too modern for what was going on in the folk clubs. I wanted to modernize music, but more than that to completely modernize people’s attitudes towards life in general. I was involved in trying to bring meat to the folk music, which is a big mistake anyway.”

Pitchfork reviews the new Mountain Goats' tour EP, Satanic Messiah, as well as the Mountain Goats/Kaki King collaborative EP, Black Pear Tree.

Two new EPs-- Satanic Messiah, limited to 666 vinyl copies and offered as a pay-what-you-will release here, and Black Pear Tree-- present Darnielle in ways we've never heard him before: With distinct, independent supporting actors (the pointillistic, vivid guitar work of Kaki King); and solo, with piano. And their best moments are the clearest articulations of the progress he's made as a performer-- someone who no longer needs to mime hysteria to show he really means it.

Prolific lists the 10 best protest songs of the 21st century.

Publishers Weekly offers a list of graphic novel gift suggestions.

NME reports that the Long Blondes have split up.

Quill & Quire examines the fine art of writing jacket copy for books.

Ultimately, of course, the goal is to sell books, and editors note that the clichés are not always there by accident – they’re there because they work. Bookseller Ben McNally says he can see the truth in this claim. “If you’ve got a pretty clichéd book, then you’re going to have some pretty clichéd jacket copy,” he says. “The people who read that kind of stuff ... lap it up.” At the same time, he adds, clichés probably work only for certain kinds of genre literature, not for more serious work.

The Houston Chronicle interviews David Sedaris

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of the recent Athens performance by the Elephant 6 Orchestra.

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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