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April 30, 2007

Shorties

New York magazine reviews Elliott Smith's second posthumous release, New Moon.

So what a lovely surprise it was to hear New Moon for the first time and be immediately wowed by the power and elegance of the material. There is nothing tentative or unpolished about any of these songs.


The New York Daily News and New York magazine review Michael Chabon's new novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union.


In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones reviews the new albums by the "army of two," Bjork and Tori Amos.


This week, Five Chapters is posting a story from Ben Greenman's short fiction collection, A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both.


This week, Stylus offers a guide to Sarah Records first 50 singles.


Popmatters writes an open letter to departed music critic Lester Bangs.


My Morning Jacket lists songs that get the band "in the mood" to perform for Harp.


Gothamist whittles down the L Magazine's list of 8 NYC bands to watch to 4.


The Guardian examines the Crimea's decision to give their next album away in digital form, and the possible ramifications for the music industry.

By giving away the album in its entirety on May 13, the band hope to widen their fanbase and ultimately make more money from touring, merchandising and licensing deals than they would from sales of the album."


Blog Fresh Radio is a podcast sharing music blogger-approved tunes.


Rolling Stone lists the top 25 songs for "reefer gladness."


NPR excerpts from Barbara Kingsolver's new memoir, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.


Three Imaginary Girls is looking for a few more (imaginary) girl writers.



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