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June 10, 2009

Shorties (Sonic Youth, Gomez, and more)

The Los Angeles Times reviews the new Sonic Youth album, The Eternal.

The music remains ageless and weird, fueled on chaos and clarity, but these are songs, not sound experiments for their own sake. Indie or not, Sonic Youth knows how to follow its wild trips into confusion and still be at peace with high-octane form and function.

The Dallas Morning News profiles Gomez.

Olly Peacock, Ian Ball, Paul Blackburn, Tom Gray and Ben Ottewell – collectively known as indie rock band Gomez – are five hardworking young musicians from England diligently earning stateside acceptance. They're doing it the old-fashioned way, by writing their own songs, making artistic records they're proud of and touring incessantly to spread the word.

CNET's Webware blog examines social networking sites built around music.

New Granta editor John Freeman and senior editor Rosalind Porter talk to the National Post.

At Clashmusic, the Virgins' Donald Cumming interviews Richard Hell.

Forbes Traveler lists 10 famous literary bars.

From the Nashville Scene: "What happens when a label deal goes right and the band breaks up anyway? Answer: Be Your Own Pet."

Rocket Bomber lists the 7 types of bookstore customer.

Rolling Stone builds the "perfect" Bonnaroo show schedule.

The Irish Independent lists the 10 best bookshops in the world.

The Book Seer aggregates book recommendation based on your inputs.

Camera Obscura visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

NPR is streaming last night's Passion Pit Washington performance.

Help me clean out some room on my bookshelves and CD cases with this week's Largehearted Boy contest, where I am giving away 25 books and 25 CDs.

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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