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Album Streams: Depeche Mode, Jane's, Sinead, more

Tune in!NPR is streaming St. Vincent’s Actor for two weeks (MP3).

Over on Spinner, it looks like it’s the “I Love the 80s edition” of their album streams with new releases from Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys, a box set from Jane’s Addiction, and reissues from Sinead O’Connor and XTC-offshoot Dukes of Stratosphear.

Depeche Mode, ‘Sounds of the Universe’ (video)

Jane’s Addiction, ‘A Cabinet of Curiosity’

Sinead O’Connor, ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got’

Pet Shop Boys, ‘Yes’ (video)

The Dukes of Stratosphear, ’25 O’Clock’ (MP3)

The Dukes of Stratosphear, ‘Psonic Psunspots’ (MP3)

Lots more, including bands that formed less than 30 years ago, after the jump…

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Notes from the Pitchfork Music Festival

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Chicago, July 18-20, 2008

So I’m standing around early on Friday night while Mission of Burma rips through Vs., and out of the backstage VIP area walks this short guy wearing a giant Professor Griff t-shirt. You know those tribute shirts where the whole shirt is a picture of Biggie‘s face? Like that, but with a picture of Public Enemy‘s alleged anti-Semite, Professor Griff.

It takes me a moment to realize this guy is, of course, Professor Griff. He’s walking around the crowd before his set, begging to be noticed. And this weird moment of awesome bravado and icky self-promotion is a pretty fair metaphor for the entire P-Fork Fest.

This yearly congregation of college radio nerds, fashion victims, art students, burnouts, baristas, and meatheads in Chicago’s Union Park is getting bigger and bigger. With an overstuffed line-up of hipster favorites and a smart, well-ordered setup, this is still the best-run festival in America. But it wasn’t without headaches, creeping corporate sponsorship, and a shit-ton of humidity.

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