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November 8, 2008

Shorties (Jolie Holland, Joseph Arthur, and more)

The New York Times spends a night out with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur.

The Allentown Morning Call profiles Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti's side project, Little Joy.

IGN lists the top hip hop diss tracks of all time.

Ultravox will reunite in 2009.

Oregon Public Broadcasting features an in-studio session with singer-songwriter Jolie Holland.

Billboard profiles Andrew Bird and his new album, Noble Beast (out January 27th).

"Noble Beast" is by far the most accessible of Bird's efforts, with some songs sounding like they could fit right in on a triple A radio playlist. "Anonanimal," which will be released as the soundtrack to a stop-motion video by Lisa Barcy, is a simple, lilting pop song, while "Natural Disaster" sounds like a fuller Fleet Foxes track. Die-hard fans take note: Bird unleashes his well-known whistle throughout the record.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog explains why big novels still matter.

It bears remembering that a book, no matter how long and complicated, doesn't require you to read it all in one go, nor does it force you to watch commercials. In this respect, other media are becoming more booklike, not the other way around. TiVo, Netflix, and iTunes enable you to consume what you want, when you want it, in or out of sequence. Take a break if you like — but only if you like. Watch a whole season of Lost in a weekend — or every morning on the subway. A longer, more intense experience — whether it's a ten-show Mad Men block or a 100-song iPod playlist — at least gives you the option to stretch. And nothing does it better than a big, multifaceted novel. Take a year to read it, or one stormy weekend (well, several — we're hoping for a long, cold winter).

At Spinner, O'Death frontman Greg Jamie responds to recent blog backlash.

"I like the fact that some people don't like us," lead singer Greg Jamie tells Spinner. "It's healthy. It means that you're doing something right if you're pressing the wrong buttons for some people, and the right ones for some other people."

We Have Signal is a local Alabama Public Television show that records and broadcasts show from one of my favorite music venues in the world, Birmingham's Bottletree Cafe.

So far, the following shows are available to stream online:

The Dodos
The Fiery Furnaces
Beach House

IGN reviews one of my favorite graphic novels of the year, Che: A Graphic Biography.

Che: A Graphic Biography, from Verso Books, seeks to ride on the heels -- at least from a marketing perspective -- on Steven Soderbergh's twin films on Guevara, The Argentine and Guerrilla. The graphic novel comes from a very different place than the Hollywood movies, though. Written and drawn by indie comics legend Spain Rodriguez, there's little glamour or polish to his tale of the former doctor known as Ernesto Guevara ("Che" was a nickname meaning "Hey you" or "Kid," Rodriguez tells us). In fact, for those unaccustomed to so-called underground style comics, the author's black-and-white artwork might leave something to be desired. It shouldn't matter, though, because the down-and-dirty feel of the images matches the scrappy determination of Che himself.

NPR is streaming last night's Philadelphia performance by the Decemberists.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez in the studio for an interview an performance.

The Futurist recaps Jessica Lea Mayfield's WOXY Lounge Act performance with mp3s.

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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