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January 13, 2008


The Boston Globe lists eight bands to watch in 2008.

The Boston Globe lists local musicians "on the verge," and includes White Hinterland, the new project by Largehearted Boy favorite Casey Dienel.

WHITE HINTERLAND: Under a new guise, Casey Dienel slipped under everyone's noses and got signed to Dead Oceans, an imprint of the tastemaking indie label Secretly Canadian (home to Antony and the Johnsons and Jens Lekman). After a fleeting stint in Brooklyn, Dienel is back in town, living in Jamaica Plain and making gorgeous music as White Hinterland. From what we've heard on My- Space, the songs are more introspective than the buoyant pop Dienel crafted on 2006's "Wind-Up Canary." The new album, "Phylactery Factory," is out March 4.

Tech Blorge ranks the top 5 digital music retailers.

Harp goes bargain bin music shopping with singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.

“The Velvets were probably the most important band for me musically,” he says matter-of-factly. “Not that I sound anything like it, probably nothing like it, but they were the most inspiring. I loved the lyrics and songs and the primitive aspect of their playing. Yet it was still kind of orchestrated in a way without sounding like it.”

The Chicago Tribune profiles songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

"People do not know how hard it is to write a hit song," says songwriter Kara DioGuardi. "It's so friggin' hard. It's so hard." DioGuardi has been writing top 40 hits for almost a decade. In pop culture years, which are sort of like dog years, this is an impressive run. One of the most influential women in the record industry -- and a virtual unknown outside of it -- she has done as much to shape what mid-'00s pop radio sounds like as anyone else.

The New York Daily News asks celebrities what books they are currently reading.

The Charlotte Observer previews 2008's anticipated book releases.

Exclaim! features a video interview with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.

The Contra Costa Times interviews cartoonist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi about her film (and graphic novel series), Persepolis.

Q: Why is the graphic novel such a powerful medium?

A: I'm no Dostoevsky, so it's my way of expressing myself. Drawing is the first language of human beings. Before writing. Before speaking. We have an immediate relationship and reaction with a drawing that we don't have with any other medium.

The Philadelphia Inquirer also interviews Satrapi.

Reuters offers a 48-hour guide to literary London. offers a free online tool to inventory your comic book collection.

Minnesota Public Radio interviews pianist Christopher O'Riley, known for his interpretations of Radiohead and Elliott Smith.

Lullabyes offers mp3s of a live performance by singer-songwriter Rana Mansour.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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