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July 21, 2009

Shorties (2009 Pitchfork Festival Downloads, Mercury Music Prize Odds, and more)

Some live mp3 sets from the 2009 Pitchfork music festival:

Grizzly Bear
The National
M83


The 2009 Mercury Prize nominees have been announced, and the Guardian lists current bookie odds for the music prize.

The BBC Music Blog curates a Mercury Prize shortlist from bloggers' suggestion.


Women's Wear Daily profiles singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.


Paste reviews the Mountain Goats' Farm Sanctuary benefit campout, Zoop II.

There’s really something happening here in Watkins Glen. Around a campfire, three different pockets of revelers coalesce around acoustic guitars. They have just seen Darnielle play, but now they compete in sing-alongs. And they’re not really even competing, but rather sharing a sonic envelope of multifarious Darnielle-isms, which aren’t even really Darnielle-isms at this point, but something emanating communally. They share the songs like they’ve potlucked their vegan eats all weekend. Hey, good evening, how are you. They’re all the Mountain Goats right now.


BBC News examines Limerick's reactions both past and present to Frank McCourt's memoir, Angela's Ashes.


The Charleston City Paper previews this week's XX Merge music fest and recaps the seminal indie music label's 20 years.


Decider Chicago lists the best local music of 2009 (so far).


Wired's Underwire blog lists "unfilmable" books.


Robot 6 hosts a roundtable discussion about girls' comics.


The New Yorker features a new short story by Kirstin Valdez Quade.


Newsweek examines the vampire pop culture phenomenon both past and present.


The Second Pass lists 10 "classic" books to avoid reading.


The Independent offers a bluffers guide to who's hot in pop music.


Pop Candy excerpts fromGreg sacks' book of interviews with humor writers, And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers On Their Craft.


Win 8 t-shirts (including 3 from Threadless) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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