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October 15, 2008

Shorties (Bearsuit, Irvine Welsh, and more)

The Guardian's books blog lists the best books that never existed.

Gapers Block interviews author Irvine Welsh.

VentureBeat profiles the newly revamped online music retailer AmieSt.

In addition to the personalized home page and the new media player, AmieSt has also added a number of search filters, such as “free songs” and “top albums” that cater to various types of users, depending on the amount of time and money they have to spend on the site.

TechCrunch also notes the site's revisions.

T-shirt of the day: "F the Economy"

The Cure covers compilation, Just Like Heaven - a Tribute to The Cure, is now streaming online, and includes songs by the Wedding Present, Dean & Britta, the Submarines, the Brunettes, the Rosebuds, and more.

The Guardian's Organ Grinder blog lists the top 5 songs, Valchek moments, and scenes from The Wire.

Entertainment Weekly lists the best all-time high school movies.

The New York Times reviews Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel's graphic novel, The Alcoholic.

Throughout the book, the synthesis of words and images creates a rich portrait of Jonathan: from a whimsical, imagined photo-booth strip that shows the thinning of his hair from 1991 to 2001 to a stirring sequence in which Jonathan mourns his parents, who died in a car accident in the late 1980s. His thoughts seesaw from “You didn’t love them enough” to “imagining their horrible pain right at the end.”

TechCityInc lists the top 10 websites to download free and legal music.

Southern Shelter shares mp3s of a recent performance by the talented Tin Cup Prophette.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of the US live debut of Bearsuit (one of my favorite bands).

IGN lists 10 alt rock bands that should have been huge.

The Denver Post interviews Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt.

The Utne Reader's Great Writing blog gets "must read book of 2008" recommendations at the Twin Cities Book Festival.

The Guardian excerpts from Jonathan Franzen's and Matt Groening's introductions to The Complete Peanuts 1955 To 1956, and The Complete Peanuts 1957 To 1958.

Nameberry lists popular hipster baby names.

Aravind Adiga won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008 for his debut novel The White Tiger.

The New York Times profiles the 33 year old author.

CNET profiles MySpace and iMeem competitor Bandcamp.

There's more, but the upshot is that this service creates clean and usable music sites and also gives bands commerce and analytics engines they otherwise might have to pay for. And it's free; Bandcamp doesn't even take a percentage of Web sales.

Youth Radio interviews cartoonist and musician James Kochalka.

YIC: Would you say you're more into music or comics?

JK: Well, I do both everyday. I draw a daily diary comic strip and I write little songs, walking around the house, or walking down the street every day. So, they're both part of my daily life. I don't know which one I like better… I don't have to choose, do I?

also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 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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