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June 26, 2009

Shorties (Michael Jackson, Tiny Vipers, and more)

RIP, Michael Jackson


Decider New York interviews Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers about her new album, Life on Earth.

Decider: You sound more at home than ever over your new, bare-bones songs. What changed for you in approaching this record?

Jesy Fortino: I think I just grew up. I’m more mature than I was when I made the last record. I’ve played longer; touring makes you understand things a little better. I also wanted a simple analog recording. The first one was such a Pro Tools record. This one needed to be like a good live take. I like the limitations of recording on tape.


Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include a lossless bittorrent download of the Patterson Hood show.


Guitarist Taylor Hollingsworth talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about playing in Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band.


Steve Earle talks to the Cincinnati Enquirer about his Townes Van Zandt covers album, Townes.


The Independent lists the 20 best rock star offspring.


The Seattle Times previews the literary offerings scheduled for this year's Bumbershoot festival.


Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth talks to the Chicago Tribune about the band's new album, The Eternal.


The Guardian shares a playlist featuring songs about unemployment.


Paste's Steve Labate names his best albums of 2009 (so far).


PopMatters examines the influence and legacy of Uncle Tupelo.


Comedian Eugene Mirman puts his iPod on shuffle for the Boston Globe.


PopMatters reviews the new Wilco album, Wilco (The Album).

So, while Wilco (The Album) has its strong moments, it does not have many innovative ones. For a band whose reputation was built on being sonic pioneers, this can only be perceived as something of a letdown. A “solid” or “sturdy” album—which is certainly what Wilco (The Album) is—would be acceptable from many bands, but not Wilco. In the end, they may be their own worst enemy: they’ve not only set the bar unreasonably high for everyone else, but also for themselves.

The Irish Independent and The London Evening Standard also review the album.


FACT magazine lists the 20 best albums released in the second quarter of 2009.


The Rumpus shares an oral history pf the late Jeff Buckley and his band.


At the New York Review of Books, Michael Chabon discusses the importance of the "wilderness of childhood."


At Rotten Tomatoes, Dave Eggers and Vendela Veda list their favorite films.


Architects Journal lists the top 10 "architecture of rock concerts."


NPR's Morning Edition interviews Regina Spektor about her new album, Far.


Today is the last day to enter and win 50 CDs and 50 books in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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