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June 22, 2009

Shorties (Bat for Lashes, Dinosaur Jr., and more)

Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include bittorrent downloads of lossless shows by David Byrne, Grace Potter, Ilo and the Coral Reefer Allstars (with Jimmy Buffett), Andrew Bird, Toubab Krewe, Erykah Badu, Galactic, and Phish.

Out magazine interviews Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan. (via)

NPR's Weekend Edition also profiles the band.

The Skinny wraps up its interview series with Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis.

Author Colum McCann talks to the Aspen Times.

“Literature allows us, in a very dignified way, to become someone else, in a different time. It's not pure escapism. It can have depth, and teach you something about these times.”

Decider Denver/Boulder interviews Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis.

D: You've said in other interviews that you're a big Destroyer fan. Are the characters like Henrietta in "Rust" little nods to the characters in Dan Bejar's songs?

MBL: No, Henrietta is a real person that I had the hugest crush on in Liverpool. I think Bejar's writing about things that come through his head. I don't know what he's talking about most of the time, but I really try to figure it out, and that's what's cool about his music. That's the opposite of what we do, I think, because Telekinesis is really straightforward and simple, with lyrics about traveling and love. Something like Destroyer is really whimsical and off the wall, which is something that I would like be able to do. But it's tough to write about something that isn't really dear to you, at least for me. But I think that's because I wear my emotions on my sleeve.

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Stephen O'Connor.

NPR's All Things Considered is soliciting short stories to be read aloud in its "Three-Minute Fiction" series.

The Daily Mirror lists the top gadgets to take to summer music festivals.

Popmatters is counting down the most memorable albums of 1999 this year to mark its tenth anniversary.

PopMatters and Express Night Out review the new album by Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs).

@U2 lists the top 5 U2 literary moments.

Participating in Infinite Summer by reading David Foster Wallace's novel, Infinite Jest? Read Dave Eggers' foreword to the 2006 paperback version of the novel at LA Weekly. interviews Charlotte Mandell, who translated Jonathan Littell's novel, The Kindly Ones.

The New Statesman, Paste, and list the best albums of 2009 (so far).

Win 50 CDs and 50 books 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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