Bradley's Almanac comes through with another great live Boston recording, this time of Portastatic at Great Scott. Check the Go-Betweens and Nico covers. I'll be seeing them tonight with Jennifer O'Connor.
The Onion's AV Club gets to the heart of The Magnetic Fields' The Charm of the Highway Strip, as part of their "Permanent Record" series. "Highway Strip cleverly, candidly documents the doomed drifters who hit the open road to escape themselves, only to discover that there's no escape."
Stereogum is giving away a copy of the upcoming Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited, which features Nick Cave, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Petra Haden and plenty more, playing tunes from Harry Smith's famous comp.
El Popo slaps up some great Portland songs, including several Mirah tracks: the new remix of "La Familia" by Chris Baker, and live versions of "Advisory Committee" and "We're Both So Sorry".
Another song for preview from Tom Waits' upcoming Orphans has appeared. "Road To Peace" is a political song pitched somewhere between grand statement and drunken Dailykos blog post. What rhymes with Kissinger?
MP3: Tom Waits - Road to Peace