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April 29, 2009

Shorties (Latitude Festival, FreakAngels, and more)

Britain's Latitude Festival has announced more bands to its summer festival lineup in beautiful Sussex.

Mania profiles Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield’s webcomic, FreakAngels.

FreakAngels stands as sort of a perfect union of plot, setting, and characterization. Each of the group is a delicious nut to crack, set against a post-apocalyptic world with a strong steampunk influence. The FreakAngels never feel interchangeable, which helps when the cast is as large as this one. As such, Ellis has overcome a lot of the challenges and common objections to web comics. The story is dense, the characters are many, and each weekly installment doesn’t conclude neatly with a punch line.

Paste lists songs by musicians, about other musicians.

Pre-order the literary magazine KNOCK #11, which includes short fiction by James P. Othmer, Pasha Malla, Marcy Dermansky, and a short piece by me.

Surplus Matter is a website dedicated to the work of author Tom McCarthy.

nyctaper shares mo3s of Crystal Stilts' recent NYC performance, which included a couple of Gun Club covers.

A sample: "Mother of Earth (Gun Club cover)" [mp3]

Southern Shelter shares mp3s of a recent Athens performance by Dinosaur Jr.

RockDex measures a musical artist's degree of online social network involvement.

17 Dots interviews singer-songwriter-cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis.

The Guardian profiles Doves.

These three have been playing together for 19 years now, first as dance band Sub Sub, and then for 11 years as guitar band Doves. The critics have always been lovely about them in a sneery way, or sneery about them in a lovely way. The consensus is that they are a bunch of Manchester miserabilists with great swooping melodies, bucketloads of soul, unstarry lifestyles and even more unstarry appearances. They are not entirely happy with that description.

At Drowned in Sound, Metric bassist Joshua Winstead offers a guide to New York City.

Minnesota Public Radio interviews author Tom Robbins.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Right On Dynamite.

This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away the 3-disc deluxe edition of Bob Dylan's new album, Together Through Life, along with two of my favorite Dylan books, his autobiography Chronicles, Volume 1 and The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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