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August 8, 2009

Shorties (Live Lollapalooza Video Streams, Newport Folk Festival, and more)

iClips is streaming video of select sets live today and tomorrow from the Lollapalooza music festival.

NPR is streaming live sets from the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend.

The New York Times reviews Danzy Senna's memoir, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

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

The Telegraph reviews AL Kennedy's new short fiction collection, What Becomes.

But What Becomes might feel dangerously like being exposed to a radioactive source of pure misery, were it not for Kennedy’s signature brand of ironic black humour. This swings from the kind of observational comedy that has allowed its author to flourish on the stand-up circuit, to something altogether more savoury. Kennedy’s narrators can complain about lost-dog fliers on lampposts – “This kind of thing is always immensely, unpardonably grim – plaintive fliers showing monochrome snaps of unrecognisable creatures that already look drowned, or run over, or dropped from heights” – but their humour frequently edges into dangerous and violent territory, barely holding itself in check.

A Los Angeles Times reporter recounts his two-week cross-country music trip in words and photos.

The Houston Press lists five songs featuring shootings.

Jacket Copy interviews a college professor who teaches a class on the rock 'n roll novel.

The Los Angeles Times interviews author Michael Moorcock.

The Guardian reviews neuroscientist Daniel Levitin's latest book, The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature.

NPR is streaming Choir of Young Believers' This Is for the White in Your Eyes album (out August 18th) in its entirety.

Grist lists eco-minded songs from most to least-cringeworthy.

NPR recommends Jonathan Rosenberg's webcomics collection, Goats: Infinite Typewriters.

Goats is filled with the sort of quick-witted one-liners that make shows like The Simpsons so giggle-worthy — only these are more gross, schlocky and irreverent. Imagine witty language as a full-contact sport, and you'll get the idea. "We made a giant wombat cheese frittata from the eggs of endangered tree frogs and force-fed it to PETA members," Oliver brags. "I know how to kill a man with a taco sauce packet," Fineas exclaims.

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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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