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June 30, 2009

Shorties (Femi Kuti, Wilco, and more)

Decider Chicago interviews Femi Kuti.

Paste has turned over its website to Wilco coverage today (in honor of the release of Wilco (The Album).

Features include their five favorite nonsensical Wilco lyrics.

Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include lossless bittorrent downloads of the Beastie Boys and Phish shows.

At her Monitor Mix blog, Carrie Brownstein ponders the merits of the Pixies playing their entire Doolittle album on tour next year.

I wonder, however, if the album format--either recorded or live-is too contradictory to our contemporary listening habits. Might not we prefer a carefully crafted set list; one that would prevent too many slow songs from occurring in a row or ensure a variety of tempos? And what if all of our favorite songs are spread out over a few different records? I mean, who wants to hear those contemplative songs that don't sound as good without the dulcimer and horn section that were added during the recording?

The Art of Manliness lists the 50 essential non-fiction adventure books.

TIME interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

At NPR Music, singer-songwriter Maria Taylor plays a tiny desk concert.

Eye Weekly interviews Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo.

Popdose interviews singer-songwriter Amy Speace.

Newsweek lists 50 books for our times.

Pitchfork has an mp3 download of a new Fleet Foxes song.

Bjork guest DJs at NPR's All Songs Considered.

Enter the latest Largehearted Boy contest and win 75 CDs.

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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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