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March 20, 2009

Shorties (Decemberists, Rock Biographies, and more)

Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix is streaming the new Decemberists album, Hazards of Love, in its entirety.

The Independent lists the ten best rock biographies.

The Asheville Citizen-Times interviews Gomez drummer Oily peacock.

Q: You are heading back to Bonnaroo this year. What are your impressions, and how does it compare to big fests in the UK like Glastonbury?

A: Bonnaroo is a great festival, and I keep growing more and more fond of it. It has had a strong identity change since we first played there. It used to be a more jammy kind of scene, but that has been thrown out the window in recent times — Metallica showed up a few years ago. It's good that they are diversifying and it's not as particular now. They are growing toward being more of a Glastonbury, which has endless music, as well as film, poetry and other components.

As part of its "1000 songs everyone must hear" series, the Guardian lists its top party songs.

Follow me on Twitter for news & links that don't make the daily "shorties" posts. is an online streaming mixtape sharing site.

Lullabyes has started posting mp3s of 2009 SXSW shows, including sets by the Whispertown 2000 and Hockey.

CrossFade interviews Hipster Runoff blogger Carles.

NT: We are dying to meet you in person. Will we be able to tell who you are at the party?

C: I will be wearing a shirt that says "I AM CARLES." I intend to eventually sell several hundred limited edition shirts for at least $40 each. This is sort of like a ripoff of Nike's "I Am Tiger Woods" campaign, but I don't think alternative people followed sports. I still have to decide on what colour I want it to be since American Apparel has so many beautiful, progressive colours available from their online store.

Music Week reports that UK live music box office receipts have surpassed recorded music sales for the first time in decades.

nyctaper shares mp3s from last weekend's Women performance in NYC.

NPR's Morning Edition profiles singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins.

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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