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April 7, 2009

Shorties (Wilco, Thurston Moore, and more)

PopMatters compares Wilco's new live DVD, Ashes of American Flags, with The Last Waltz.

I have the tendency to compare any concert film I see to The Last Waltz (nothing has quite lived up to that standard so far—save for the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, which is really in a category of its own). It seems an especially good comparison in this case, as I’d guess that Green, Canty, and the members of Wilco have watched it a few times, too. I noticed some definite similarities between the two films, from the stage spacing and New Orleans-style horn arrangements to the declarations about the toughness of “the road”. One major, positive difference: Neil Diamond does not appear in Ashes of American Flags.

Stereogum interviews Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.

At The Quietus, Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan lists things she has learned.

Chicagoist interviews author Walter Mosley.

C: As someone who’s written so many books across different genres, how does writing mystery differ from writing other genres?

WM: Well, it’s hard to compare a literary novel to a mystery novel; they’re both literary. But with a mystery novel, you have to address the plot every three or four pages. Every three or four pages we have to get back to: what’s this story about? That’s what a mystery is; you’re solving the mystery therefore the plot is kind of ornate and very structured. In a literary novel, it’s boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back again. That's enough plot for a literary novel. You can use a lot more space to get to know the characters and how these people feel: how they relate, what they do. They’re different kind of books and they both pose their own problems, but they’re still books, they’re still the same thing, really.

The Huffington Post interviews Booker T. Jones about hsi new album, Potato Hole (where he is backed by the Drive-By Truckers).

The National Post interviews one of my favorite music bloggers, Chromewaves' Frank Yang.

The New York Review of Books examines the parables present in Flannery O'Connor's fiction.

Just in time for baseball's opening day, NPR excerpts from As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires.

The Sydney Morning Herald profiles singer-songwriter-cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis.

Spurred on by the Irish Independent's list of the top 50 Irish music acts right now, Irish music blogs Nialler9, Town Full of Losers, and 2 U I Bestow have created their own lists. (via)

The Josh Ritter Italian Fansite features live mp3s, video and much more from the singer-songwriter.

NPR's Morning Edition examines the importance of an author's photograph to a book.

LaundroMatinee has in-studio video and mp3s from Ben Sollee.

Daytrotter's Monday session features Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele.

The Ting Tings visit The Current studios for an interview and streaming live performance.

WDUQ's Take Five lists jazz songs that were originally poems.

Enter the latest Largehearted Boy giveaway and win three zombie novels., including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Matthew Stearns & Jane Austen.

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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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