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January 29, 2009

Shorties (Golden Boots, Alison Bechdel, and more)

Tucson Weekly profiles Golden Boots.

If Golden Boots' music was difficult to classify before--they call themselves "alt-alt-country"--such a pursuit is made far more difficult with the release of The Winter of Our Discotheque. The band has always traded in a sort of warped take on Americana, simultaneously organic and psychedelic. But this time around it would appear that the mixing of the record became at least as important as the basic recording process. Added to the basic recipe of skewed, twangy folk-rock is a plethora of interesting new sounds and genre dabbling. A synth here, some dubby, delay-treated drums there. A touch of reggae here, a noise freakout yonder. And those are just a few of the elements that are identifiable.

Paste interviews A.C. Newman about his new solo album, Get Guilty.

Paste: How is everything going in your world, Carl?

Newman: I’ve been home for a while, relaxing in a way. You know, my record just came out, so I’ve been doing stuff connected with that. I’ve also been writing and working on demos for the next New Pornographers record. Anytime I’m able to work at home, I don’t really consider it work. Being able to sleep in your own bed is key. When I’m on tour, that feels like work.

Eric Johnson of the Fruit Bats talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about his two bands.

“When I got the job with The Shins, I had a lot of people say to me, ‘Congratulations, man,’” Johnson recalled. “I was sort of like, ‘Why? What did I do? I just got hired in somebody’s band.’… There was kind of this idea that people were like, ‘Well now you don’t have to do that Fruit Bats thing anymore. Good for you! You’re off the hook!’ It was this American idea of, as long as you’re on TV … It’s not really just about creating stuff. It’s sort of about visibility, or whatever. I absolutely love being in [The Shins], but I like writing my own music too—it’s really fun.”

Music Radar offers a flow chart to explain heavy metal band names.

The Bay Area Reporter interviews Alison Bechdel, who recently published The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.

In the Guardian's music blog, My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way explains how the comic Watchmen changed his life.

Comic Social Network is a social network built around comics.

Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from Husband & Wife.

Bleacher Report lists the 10 greatest sports books ever written, and The Spoiler lists its favorite football (soccer) books..

The Oregonian has news of the Portland Cello Project's sophomore album.

Douglas Jenkins, the group's artistic director, says the new disc will be a little more concentrated: four songs in collaboration with Thao Nguyen, four with Justin Power and four cello-only songs, ranging from British composer John Tavener's "The Lamb" to heavy metalists Pantera's "Mouth for War." A tango and a Norfolk and Western song are also on the CD, Jenkins said, although the project's website is a little more indecisive about some of these things. The CD will be released in May, right before the Cello Project's first national tour, which will involve Power, Thao and six cellos on the road for three weeks or so. Talk about schlepping cellos.

The John Updike tributes continue to roll in: the Scotsman, the Globe and Mail, Newsday, Scientific American.

Drowned in Sound interviews M. Ward.

Audiolife is a new online service where musicians can sell CDs, digital downloads, and merchandise in the same place with no upfront fees.

Ear Farm gathers Super Bowl predictions from indie rockers.

Download a 20-page excerpt from the graphic novel, 08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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