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February 27, 2009

Shorties (The Rest Is Noise, Lucinda Williams, and more)

Drowned in Sound reviews one of my favorite music books of all time, Alex Ross's The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century.

One of the deeply satisfying things about this book – for the passive reader – is that it’s possible to follow the various arguments based on quantitative evidence of changing tastes (e.g. of more or less consonant / dissonant music composed across the twentieth century, as well as the actual performance of more or less traditional / old / canonical music by repertory orchestras to a progressively less discerning market, nonetheless thinking itself better than the masses).


The Birmingham News interviews Lucinda Williams.


The Guardian's books blog remembers Philip Jose Farmer.


Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley talks to the Philadelphia Inquirerand Allentown Morning Call.


The Tonawanda News compares online book trading sites (my favorite is still PaperBackSwap).


T-shirt of the day: "Graze Anatomy"


At Pitchfork, members of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart list their favorite things.


Daytrotter's Friday session features in-studio mp3s from The Explorers Club.


Neko Case discusses her new album, Middle Cyclone, on Sound Opinions today.


WXPN's World Cafe is streaming a live performance by former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell at noon ET today.


Variety interviews Animal Collective's Noah Lennox (Panda Bear).


Seven examines Brooklyn's current "golden age" of indie music.


DCist interviews the members of Pree, including former Le Loup guitarist May Tabol.


The A.V. Club interviews Beirut's Zach Condon.


Amazon MP3 is selling Bon Iver's 4-track Blood Bank EP for 99 cents


Pretty Much Amazing! declares indie rock dead.


The Futurist features several in-studio mp3s from the recent Sybris WOXY Lounge Act session.


Powell's Books will buy your used books (I still prefer Cash4Books.net).


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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