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May 4, 2009

Shorties (David Johansen, J.G. Ballard, and more)

PopMatters interviews New York Doll David Johansen.

The New Yorker shares "The Autobiography of J.G. Ballard," by J.G. Ballard.

Also at the New Yorker, Tom Shone discusses the film adaptations of Ballard's works.

Are hipsters stealing gay style?

Decider Los Angeles interviews singer-songwriter Mike Doughty.

D: You've been blogging since before there was even a word for it. Is writing on your blog part of your creative process?

MD: I started writing long posts for the Soul Coughing message board on AOL circa 1994. Then I moved on to bulletin board systems and then blogs were invented and I was like, “Finally!” Now I'm a committed Twitterer (@MikeDoughtyYeah), as well. I've always just used it as a casual creative outlet. I used to do some writing for newspapers and it's so freeing to have as much or as little space as you want—no deadlines or limitations. I usually just write as an observer of the world around me. I don't know if it connects directly to the music. I think I'd be doing it even if I wasn't a musician.

The A.V. Club interviews Booker T. Jones about his new album, Potato Hole, recorded with the Drive-By Truckers.

AVC: What’s changed the most from when you started to now, both in terms of making music and the music business?

BT: Business-wise, there’s no set model like there used to be. It used to be there were record companies that put out 33s, and there was just no question about it. Now a record company can have many different forms, and exist in a lot of different places. Musically, the opportunities for new bands are shrinking somewhat because as far as kids growing up who want to learn music, the opportunities are less than they were for me. I’m gonna donate some of my old instruments to the Tipitina’s Instrument Program in New Orleans, ’cause the schools are not financed well enough nowadays to provide band instruments like they were when I was in school. States are not financing music education like they used to. Opportunities for new bands and new musicians are not as good now.

Paste's band of the week is Bloodkin.

The Wilco Archive is an essential resource for fans of the band, and contains lossless recordings of live Wilco shows as well as performances by Autumn Defense, Golden Smog, Nels Cline, Glenn Kotche, Kaysettes, the Minus 5 and Wilco, John and Laurie Stirratt, Jeff Tweedy, and Uncle Tupelo.

Free at Amazon MP3: the 5-track X5 Free Sampler - Jazz (featuring tracks by Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Dinah Washington, and Gene Krupa).

Idolator gathers readers' favorite songs about food and beverages.

Amazon MP3 lists the 100 greatest jazz albums of all time.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s from one of my favorite 2008 live shows, the November REM tribute i Athens featuring Liz Durrett, Heavy Feather, Don Chambers + Goat, and many other artists.

Starting today, The Music Slut is celebrating Morrissey's 50th birthday by releasing a 19-track covers compilation album, one mp3 a day through May 22nd.

New York Magazine profiles Grizzly Bear.

In the New Yorker, Sasha-Frere Jones also profiles the band.

Express Night Out interviews comics legend Art Spiegelman.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Candle.

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: three Harvey Pekar graphic novels, including his latest, The Beats: A Graphic History.

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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