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July 15, 2009

Shorties (Raveonettes, The Dead Weather, and more)

Flavorwire interviews Sune Rose Wagner of the Raveonettes.

FP: Let’s talk about your writing. It’s pop and punk, but very smart and sophisticated.

SRW: I was always attracted to music that had some contrast. I’m not really crazy about sweet, quiet songs with sweet lyrics. Unless they were done pre-1964, back then I think were really beautiful. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” is still one of my favorite songs. But I think in our music, I like to have those two opposites. I like to have the dark mood because that’s what life is. Life is also fun; it can be fun and exciting. Some people are happy to be alive, and some people think life is suffering and misery. They are searching to see why we exist. When you blend those two things together, you get something that appeals to a lot of people.

NPR is streaming last night's live performance by The Dead Weather.

Author Jessica Hopper answers 26 questions, 20 from PopMatters and 6 from Minnesota Reads.

Read Hopper's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for her book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking.

The Allmusic Blog recaps 2002 in music.

Gapers Block's book club's August selection is Jessica Abel's graphic novel, La Perdida.

Read Abel's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

Eardrums Music lists its favorite albums of the year so far, month by month.

NPR Music offers two 12-track free mp3 samplers at iTunes, Folk at Newport: 50 Years and Jazz at Newport: 2009.

ReadWriteWeb lists 18 streaming music resources.

Flavorwire reviews Jonathan Ames' new book, The Double Life Is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction.

As both a journalist and a novelist, Ames combines the irreverence of a latter-day Charles Bukowski with the milk-snorting humor of David Sedaris. His persona is dark and salaciously witty, offering a self-effacing recklessness that can simultaneously hook and horrify readers.

Drowned in Sound examines online music criticism.

The Lollapalooza music festival is giving away a 15-track free digital sampler via iTunes.

Wired Science lists the top 10 scientific music videos.

Clash Music lists its optimal 12 nominees for Britain's Mercury Music Prize.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Kevin Sampsell about the Portland Noir compilation he edited for Akashic.

Stream the new Dodos album Time to Die (out digitally on July 28th).

Vivian Girls are sharing the first mp3 from their new album, Everything Goes Wrong (out September 8th), at RCDR LBL.

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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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