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June 1, 2009

Shorties (EELS, Jeffrey Lewis, and more)

EELS are streaming their new album, Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire, on their MySpace page.

Paste's artist of the week is Jeffrey Lewis.

AfterEllen interviews singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick.

AE: Many people tend to define you as a folk musician. Do you agree?

MF: I think I’m more of a rock ‘n roll singer-songwriter. Folk music is a very particular type of music and I think I get classified that way because of the storytelling. My songs are stories about my life, but that’s not all folk music is.

Folk music reminds me of songs that everyone sings along to like “this land is your land” which is a gorgeous song, but I don’t write very political songs or songs about the great struggle from a country’s perspective. I write songs about personal struggle. I think that is relative for what people call contemporary folk music.

NME is previewing six tracks from the new Little Boots album, Hands.

Color Online is soliciting book donations for a worthy cause, Alternatives for Girls.

The Tennessean offers summer reading suggestions.

The New York Times reports that Sony Music will add all of its music released over two years ago to the digital music service eMusic.

Decider DC interviews Frode Stromstad of Norwegian powerpoppers I Was a King.

Decider: You collaborated with a lot of artists for I Was A King: Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, and Ladybug Transistor. How did that happen?

Frode Strømstad: I really like to work that way, with different people coming in and doing what they think is best. I don’t like being tied up to just one thing. When we decided to go to New York, we wanted to be able to bring some friends to the studio and have fun there and to see what would come out of it. We didn’t intend to make an album out of it. We thought we’d record two or three songs and we ended up with eleven.

Amazon MP3 has a new batch of 50 albums on sale for $5 for the month of June, including John Vanderslice's Romanian Names, Jens Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala, and 48 more bargains.

This week PopMatters is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Prince's Purple Rain album and film.

Xfm lists the top 100 British songs of all time (via).

Newsarama interviews Jamie S. Rich about his latest graphic novel, You Have Killed Me.

NPR's Morning Edition excerpts from Michael lewis's new book, Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.

NPR's All Things Considered interviews Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear about the band's new album, Veckatimest.

The Sounds are streaming their new album, Crossing the Rubicon, on their MySpace page.

American Songwriter interviews Joe Lewis of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.

A lot of your songs tell stories. Tell me a little about what inspires your songs and the process you undergo writing them.

I kind of come up with a phrase and, if it works, you know, then it turns into a song. A lot of times I’ll try to use little stories when I’m writing my songs. Like, “I’m Broke” is about some guy that’s working in a McDonald’s and he gets tired of it one day but he has to do what he has to do to get some money, you know. I like writing songs about people’s situations.

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle talks to Thirsty about covering the Replacements.

“The Replacements were a lot more than just a punk band,” Earle explained. “They were one of those bands...they had the punk sound and attitude early on, but what separated them was you could really hear the roots of American music in them. And they were great songs. Great songs can be played anyway that you want to. They should be able to be done in any fashion.”

Fanboys of the Universe is an online resource for gay comics fans.

The Free Music Archive now houses 8426 free and legal music mp3s, including this live Jeffrey Lewis WFMU performance.

Mashable lists 5 trends in digital music.

The Oxford American is putting all its content (from its first issue forward) online on a new website, along with web-only specials.

Enter this week's Largehearted Boy contest for a chance to win Osamu Tezuka's 8-volume Buddha graphic novel series.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
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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