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June 17, 2009

Shorties (Bonnaroo Downloads, Bat for Lashes, and more)

The 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page has been posted, and includes sets by Phish, Wilco, Portugal. The Man, and many more acts. I will be updating the page daily for a month or so, until the shows stop trickling in.

Additions since yesterday include sets by TV on the Radio, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Merle Haggard, and several more.

Decider Los Angeles interviews Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes.

The A.V. Club reviews Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones Years), by Vera Ramone King.

Decider D.C. interviews singer-songwriter Hayes Carll.

The Toronto Star profiles Pasha Malla, whose excellent short story collection The Withdrawal Method just won the Trillium Book Award.

Weekly Dig profiles Passion Pit.

The exposure has led to some very high-profile reviews. Rolling Stone called it "a shiny bouquet of synth-pop roses," indie site Pitchfork gave it an 8.1 and, much to Al Adhamy's glee, they got dissed by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker ("This is basically Justice ... as played by born-again Christians"). When I tell him Time Out New York compared them to the Bee Gees, he's delighted. "That's amazing, man, the Bee Gees are one of my favorite bands of all time. That's a huge compliment."

The Detroit Metro Times lists ten summer songs that belong on every iPod.

The Guardian's music blog gets indie labels' responses to the new UK independent music charts.

The Charleston City Pages profiles Band of Horses.

Glide Magazine interviews David Lowery about the new Cracker album, Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey.

Help Polyvinyl Records save 10,000 albums from destruction and get a great value on some quality CDs in the process.

CHARTattack interviews Stuart Berman about his Broken Social Scene book, This Book is Broken.

Drowned in Sound offers a rough guide to this year's Glastonbury music festival.

Douglas Rushkoff talks to the Guardian about his new book, Life Inc.

His thesis is that centuries of corporate influence have turned us into a world of isolated, individualistic people pitted against each other. It's familiar territory for the followers of Naomi Klein or Joel Bakan, the author of The Corporation, a damning examination of modern business. But Rushkoff's ideas are more complex.

GeekDad recommends geeky summer reading for your 2-5 year-old children.

Win David Wellington's 4 vampire novels in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

also at Largehearted Boy:

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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