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August 7, 2009

Shorties (Passion Pit, John Hughes, and more)

The Minneapolis Star Tribune profiles buzz band Passion Pit.


RIP, film director John Hughes.


Tori Amos visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Jon Savage talks punk with The Quietus about his book, The England's Dreaming Tapes. An unpublished excerpt from the book is also presented.

“It was more emotional when it started,” Savage recalls. “It only became politicised once people started writing about it and when The Clash started singing about tower blocks. The Sex Pistols were never so specific. They were stage-managed, but that doesn't mean they weren't real. There's a lot bad class faith in popular culture and music, and a lot people try and drop down their class by a notch, which is a bit pathetic. You are who you are — get on with it.


The Boston Globe interviews Juliette Lewis, Chrissie Hynde, and others about touring with other female-led bands.


The Cincinnati Enquirer interviews Matt Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.


The Guardian lists the top 10 time-traveling books.


Heard on TV tracks music used in television shows.


At The Quietus, Bloc Party's Gordon Moakes discusses the impact his love for Simple Minds has had on his music.


Paper Cuts interviews author Said Sayrafiezadeh (whose memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood is fascinating and highly recommended).


St. Vincent's Annie Clark talks to the Montreal Mirror about success.

“What makes me happy is making music that is personally a challenge, that isn’t necessarily motivated by outside factors like record sales. The goal was never to be on a billboard. I’m just really lucky that I get to keep making music.”


Jim Krusoe talks to KCRW's Bookworm about his short story collection, Erased.

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


Today is the last day to enter and win two of 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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