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May 8, 2010

Shorties (Jeff Mangum, Jonathan Demme, and more)

MBV Music's Matt LeMay explains the importance of Jeff Mangum's performance at the recent Chris Knox benefit.

Waiting on line outside LPR last night, I was struck by the number of gawkish, awkward teenagers who very well could have been me 10 years ago. Sure, “indie rock is the new mainstream” or whatever, but I would be shocked if most of today’s 15-to-18-year olds really know or care who Jeff Mangum is. Improbably – and maybe as a testament to just how unique and powerful Mangum’s music is – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea has retained its intimacy, its sense of personal significance and sanctity. I still get a little uncomfortable when Aeroplane comes on at a coffee shop or bar, the same way I used to get uncomfortable when somebody would say the name of the girl I had a crush on in high school.

The Washington Post's Click Track and Rolling Stone review his set, while Spin shares video.

Jonathan Demme talks to the Montreal Gazette about his new Neil Young concert film, Neil Young Trunk Show.

The Guardian reviews Rob Chapman's new book, Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head.

The National Post profiles Miguel Syjuco, author of the Man Asian award-winning novel, Ilustrado. The book is also reviewed.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best elections in literature.

The Wall Street Journal profiles the National, while Financial Times and the Times Online review the band's new album, High Violet.

The Guardian profiles author Tariq Ali.

The Los Angeles Times examines the trend of musicians financing their projects via alternative means.

The Irish Times examines Irish bloggers' attempts to negotiate with the Irish Rights Music Organization over license fees.

US News and World Report lists 8 business books to take to the beach.

The Globe and Mail reviews Daniel Clowes' new graphic novel, Wilson.

Read a 1996 Details profile of author David Foster Wallace.

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