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February 12, 2009

Shorties (Juana Molina, Jason Lytle, and more)

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles singer-songwriter Juana Molina (and offers several of her songs as mp3 downloads).

The 46-year-old Argentinean guitarist, singer and sonic experimentalist, who returns to San Francisco, for the first time with a band, Friday, Feb. 13 at the Great American Music Hall, recently released her fifth album, "Una Dia" (Domino Records), a collection of mesmerizing textures and undulating rhythms that has inspired comparisons to Bjork, Feist, Lisa Germano and Beth Orton.

In the Guardian's music blog, Helienne Lindval offers tips for songwriters.

The Georgia Strait profiles Airbourne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett.

Even if he never finished the great American novel, Jollett is on his way to establishing himself as a gifted wordsmith, landing a short story in the Dave Eggers–published magazine McSweeney’s Quarterly and finding himself pursued by such publications as the New Yorker. In the middle of a book that he intended to devote a whole year to working on, life threw him a bunch of major curveballs. As has been well-documented in every article written about the Airborne Toxic Event, Jollett’s mom got cancer in 2006 right before he was diagnosed with a serious autoimmune deficiency. Toss a terminally ill father and a bad breakup into the mix, and you’ve got a chain of events that gets people seriously wondering what the hell they’re doing with their lives.

In the Guardian, Hugh Thomson lists the top 10 books featuring South American journeys.

PopMatters reviews New Order's Factory Records reissues.

The Santa Clara shares a playlist of "anti-sappy" love songs for Valentine's Day. lists the most popular songs (by year released) on the streaming mixtape service.

Sweeping the Nation looks back at the UK music singles chart fro twenty years ago.

WFMU's Beware of the Blog has posted volume 1 of its Song-Poem Archived Music series.

Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from All Get Out.

GOOD Magazine examines the explosion in music labels that deal exclusively with reissues of long-lost, forgotten music.

Some insightful, primarily web-based record labels have found success in the rediscovering and re-issuing of lost vinyl classics, and in the process, they’ve resurrected some of the finest music ever forgotten. Forgoing major label methodology—mediocre “best of” anthologies and remastered big hits—these labels have instead done what true vinyl junkies have been doing for decades: They’ve sought out the unknowns, those songs and artists that somehow got caught and lost in the cracks.

American Songwriter profiles former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle.

“It’s hard to differentiate the music I make by ‘Grandaddy’ or ‘non-Grandaddy,’” says Lytle. “I think the majority of my musical influences were set in stone when I was five or six years old. I have just basically been trying to achieve similar results all these years with my limited technical abilities.”

The Independent Weekly's Scan blog reports that John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats will play keyboards in Jandek's band when the singer-songwriter plays Chapel Hill later this year.

The Houston Press examines the uses of Twitter for musicians.

(You can follow me on Twitter for the assorted links that don't make the daily "shorties" posts)

At Drowned in Sound, Emmy the Great interviews Beach House's Victoria LeGrand.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has School of Seven Bells in the studio for a performance and interview.

Amazon MP3 is selling Daft Punk's 15-track Musique Vol 1 album for $1.99.

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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