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July 14, 2009

Shorties (Mogwai, Infinite Summer, and more)

At Drowned in Sound, Mogwai's Stuart Brathwaite examines the current state of music journalism.

In 2009 the source of critical opinion has changed but the outcome is the exact same. Swap 90s NME for 00s Pitchfork and people are still willing to buy into pretty much anything they are presented with. Both publications have of course championed some great music but isn’t it a little bit sad that with all the music now at our fingertips we still need someone else to tell us what to like?


Salon profiles the Infinite Summer reading challenge, and the readers that are tackling David Foster Wallace's estimable novel, Infinite Jest.


Paste interviews Paul DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters.


The Washington Post's Soccer Insider blog lists soccer books to read this summer.


Decider New York interviews Peter Terzian, editor of Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers On The Albums That Changed Their Lives.

D: It’s strange to imagine some of these writers in the throes of pop lust. New Yorker book critic James Wood, in particular, has such a highbrow reputation that it’s odd to read of his love of Quadrophenia versus, say, The Marriage Of Figaro.

PT: He’s actually one of my good friends and such a warm person—I don’t know where this idea of him as pretentious comes from. He’s very friendly. For a reading in Bryant Park [for Heavy Rotation earlier this month], when he heard John Jeremiah Sullivan’s band Fayaway was playing, he asked if he could join in on hand percussion. Turns out he’s a talented percussionist, too.


NPR's All Songs Considered is polling its listeners for the best album of 2009 (so far).


The Chicago Tribune's Turn It Up blog previews every act at this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival.


At Amazon MP3: the new Fiery Furnaces 12-track album, I'm Going Away on sale for $3.99.


Spin offers an mp3 download from Modest Mouse's forthcoming EP, No One's First and You're Next (out August 4th).


NPR's All Songs Considered celebrates Merge's 20th anniversary with a playlist of songs from the indie music label.


Drowned in Sound remembers music critic Steven Wells.


Wired's Epicenter blog lists 10 weird ways to distribute movies.


At NPR Music, singer-songwriter Bill Callahan plays a "tiny desk concert."


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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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