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March 17, 2009

Shorties (Free MP3 Indie Samplers, Jeffrey Lewis, and more)

Some free and legal indie rock label sampler albums from Amazon MP3:

Sub Pop Amazon Sampler
2009 Bar/None Records Sampler
Jagjaguwar 2008/2009 Sampler
Secretly Canadian 2008/2009 Sampler
Dead Oceans 2008/2009 Sampler

Singer-songwriter-cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis has a new video series in the Guardian.

The Quietus interviews Lewis.

The Detroit Free Press profiles Michigan's Rothbury music festival.

That said, it would be a mistake to think Rothbury is aiming to fill 2,200 acres with peers of the 67-year-old musician. As last year's debut festival demonstrated, Rothbury is a commitment -- four long days and nights in the elements, on a sprawling site that can leave even the heartiest young souls spent by the end. Tickets are sold only as four-day passes, and while it's not implausible to buy a weekend pass for an afternoon visit, Rothbury is designed as a live-in camping event.

Decider Austin interviews the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

D: Are there musicians that you think do that well? Who craft songs with the right level of ambiguity?

PW: My favorite bands are the ones that I relate to in a certain way. There's part of me that likes the Mountain Goats, but I can't relate to all the songs because I've never been to Timbuktu, or wherever [John Darnielle] is singing about. But when lyrics are too trite or too simple, it's boring as well.

KB: I've always been really drawn to bands with a strong lyrical component. It doesn't have to be hyper-literary, like, "I'm Colin Meloy, and I imagine myself as a 17th-century space-faring pirate." It's more about trying to say something genuine and emotionally direct. I definitely think we printed our lyrics on the album for a reason: They're important to us. I know if you're Bob Dylan you're supposed to have a smartass remark when someone asks you about your lyrics. I think I shy away from bands that try to get to the heart by invoking these universal situations that anyone can relate to, and so no one really strongly relates to them. I'd rather have a few key people really strongly relate.

Some SXSW Music links: Paste's hour-by-hour show suggestions, Rock Insider's SXSW survival guide, Austin Town Hall's sampler of performing artists.

PopMatters examines the swirl of rumors surrounding Bob Dylan's new album, Together Through Life (out April 28th).

Lullabyes shares a couple of mp3s from the Dodos' 2008 Free Yr Radio performance from SXSW 2008.

indiepoplive shares mp3s of indie concerts, and includes shows by Pavement, Sleater-Kinney, and others..

Daytrotter's Tuesday session features in-studio mp3s from Fake Problems.

The Herald features several Scottish soccer players naming their favorite books.

The New York Times profiles the WB's web serial, Rockville, CA, which takes place in an indie rock club.

USA Today examines the current fad of books mixing pop culture and philosophy like Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am and Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test.

Mittenlit is a litblog about books & authors with ties to Michigan.

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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