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June 21, 2009

Shorties (Beth Ditto, Neil Innes, and more)

Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include mp3s of a performance by the Drive-By Truckers, and bittorrent downloads of lossless shows by Wilco, Phish, Al Green, and Gov't Mule.

The Chicago Tribune profiles Neil Innes.

Post-Python, Innes and Idle created the Rutles, a Beatles parody group that debuted on the duo's British TV series "Rutland Weekend Television" before starring in their own 1978 NBC television special "All You Need Is Cash." It was the week's lowest-rated show among the major networks yet provided the "mockumentary" template for "This Is Spinal Tap" (1984) while sustaining a steady level of belovedness among Beatles and Python fans.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune examines the trend of shorter concerts by headliners.

Newsday lists classic golf books.

Billboard profiles Airbourne Toxic Event.

Jollett's stark imagery is matched by an integration of compelling string arrangements. The third single "Wishing Well," currently No. 35 on Billboard's airplay-based Modern Rock chart, is a slow-building tale of escape buoyed by Taylor's propulsive percussion and Bulbrook's shimmering viola.

The Times Online offers a fashion guide to summer music festivals.

LexGo profiles the Avett Brothers.

The Toronto Star profiles musician/author Dave Bidini, who wrote one of my favorite hockey books, Tropic of Hockey.

NME reports that free online streams of singles and albums will be factored into UK chart positions.

The Houston Chronicle examines online sources for book swapping including my personal favorite, PaperBackSwap.

Scotland on Sunday interviews Gossip's Beth Ditto.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles Jay Weinberg, who took his dad's place as drummer in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

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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