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September 13, 2008

Shorties (Alina Simone, Jhumpa Lahiri, and more)

USA Today's Pop Candy is also a fan of Alina Simone's album, Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware.

Her new record is sung entirely in Russian, and it's stunning and will transport you to forgotten moods and places.

David Carr talks to the Rutland Herald about his memoir, The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life--His Own.

"I did this book in this way because I am a reporter, journalism generally adds heft and texture to any nonfiction narrative and I'm proud of what popped out. But I'm not a literary critic or author when I sit down to read a book. I expect to learn things, be entertained, and yeah, not being lied to would be swell, too," he said.

The New York Times reviews Tom Piazza's new novel, City of Refuge.

The first chapter is also excerpted.

see also: Piazza's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book

The Wall Street Journal adds another article about the resurgent sales of music on vinyl.

Friendly Fires discusses their self-titled debut album track-by-track with Drowned in Sound.

Fortune examines MySpace's forthcoming free music streaming service.

MySpace Music, scheduled to launch in September, promises to be the most significant rollout of a digital-music service since Apple's (AAPL, Fortune 500) iTunes. It will enable MySpace users to listen to any song from the catalogs of the three music giants free. There will be on-screen ads along with that music, but yes, it will be free. And that includes U2 and Jay-Z-and Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, and rap superstar T.I.

AskMetafilter readers recommend the best online music source.

Mashup Industries has posted Bootwerk, a mashup album of Kraftwerk songs.

Gotham Acme shares its favorite music blogs.

Rolling Stone interviews Conor Oberst.

What's the latest on your project with Jim James and M. Ward?

We did some recording at Shangri-La in L.A. earlier this year. We're all on tour right now, and we'd need to get together again to finish it. I should also say that Mike Mogis is in the band too. It's so powerful and magical to be around those guys. It's like being in a band with three wizards.

WNYC's Soundcheck features a live performance by Juliana Hatfield.

The Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy blog interviews Jhumpa Lahiri about her essay in teh compilation State By State (also reviewed in the Los Angeles Times).

Billboard has news of Bob Mould's autobiography, which will be published in fall of 2010.

The Wellsville Daily Reporter lists films that seriously rock.

Slate lists the 25 greatest songs about aging and mortality.

Advertising Age explains how the music business spent the summer killing itself.

All in all, it's been a depressing summer for the delusional record industry. We're seeing a total disconnect between labels' unrealistic, old-school revenue expectations and what the market can bear. On the streaming-music front in particular, the sad reality is that advertising revenue isn't, and may never be, there to fully support the music industry's wishful-thinking profit margins.

NPR excerpts from Emily Perkins' novel, Novel About My Wife.

NPR's All Things Considered examines the rising use of video trailers in book marketing.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features the Fratellis with an interview and in-studio session.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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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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