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August 3, 2009

Shorties (Newport Folk Festival Audio Streams, The Fruit Bats, and more)

Relive this past weekend's Newport Folk Festival at NPR, with streaming audio of performances by Fleet Foxes, Pete Seeger, Gillian Welch, Neko Case, and many other artists.


Pitchfork reviews the new Fruit Bats album, The Ruminant Band.


PopMatters explores the "ghetto of genre" in music.


Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders talks to the Winnipeg Sun about the music business.

"There was too much money and too much stupidity and too much excess," she said. "I don't know why people like Clear Channel and record companies were giving millions of dollars in advances. It's just stupid. It's embarrassing. I don't even know why rock musicians should be getting paid more than doctors. It's just entertainment. I'm doing this, I'm not waitressing so, you know, why should I get overly rewarded? I already get to do what I want. I mean, I'm not going to give the money back. I certainly don't feel doom and gloom. I'm delighted that any industry can destroy itself with its own greed."


New York Magazine reviews Thomas Pynchon's new novel, Inherent Vice.

Pynchon has always been a cartoonist: He specializes in simplification, exaggeration, and brightly colored types. This means that, paradoxically, his wildest invention occurs right at the edge of cliché. He may have finally fallen over that edge. His types, after 45 years, have themselves become types. The characters in Inherent Vice are not only paranoid, they walk around constantly talking about their paranoia. Aside from the dopily lovable Doc, everyone is just the standard tangle of phonemes attached to a Pynchonesque hobbyhorse: computers, threesomes, chocolate-covered frozen bananas. Switch those hobbyhorses around and you don’t lose much. There were sequences toward the end of the book where I had no idea what was happening or even who was speaking, and it didn’t seem worth the energy to backtrack and figure it out. That’s not an ideal way to wrap up a detective story, however unorthodox.


Publishers Weekly interviews former New York Times food critic Frank Bruni about his new book, Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater.


The Guardian wonders what this generation of teenagers' Catch-22 or Slaughterhouse-Five is.


Groove Effect speaks out against hipster backlash.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Throw Me the Statue's brand new (out digitally today) 12-track Creaturesque album for only $3.99.


PopMatters excerpts from Rob Kirkpatrick's book, 1969: The Year Everything Changed.


Publishing Perspectives examines reasons for the the ongoing decline in the number of books translated into English.


Drowned in Sound interviews Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts.

DiS: Do you really see yourself as that different in style to what else is going on at the moment? There must be a bit of the insular nature to it all?

TF: I think we try and go about things our way, we are aware that we have to pick out stuff and add something. I'd say that we're just a very small sidestep from what's going on, I think we're trying to re-imagine pop music without the money.

Catch the band's recent Daytrotter in-studio performance.


This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Michael Adov.


Ray Bradbury talks to USA Today about the graphic novel adaptation of his book, Fahrenheit 451.


Matt Bell's book The Collectors is now available as a free PDF download.


Win two if the year's most fascinating novels (Victor LaVelle's Big Machine and Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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