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November 28, 2008

Shorties (Under the Radar, Wally Lamb, and more)

The Toledo Free Press profiles Madhouse Designs, a local poster designer.

Designers at Madhouse, a graphic arts firm located Downtown on Jackson Street, has begun creating and selling concert posters for rock shows in the region. In the past couple of years, Madhouse designers have done posters for bands such as Wilco, The Black Keys, Crowded House, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Explosions in the Sky, Bon Iver and Blitzen Trapper. Printings generally run from 50 to 400 posters, which Madhouse designers sell at the shows for $10 to 20 a piece (also available for sale on the company’s Web site, under the “Capital A” link).

New York Times critics Janet Maslin and Michiko Kakutani list their favorite books of the year.

The Scotsman profiles the new Under the Radar online venture.

Under the Radar has always had a strong online presence: every month Derick and Olaf pick a track they like by an unsigned band and post it on for readers to listen to. But Under the Radar's online operation is going to step up a gear. As of today, it won't just be a place where we tell you what we like – it will become a forum for people from all four corners of the Scottish music scene to come together and swap music and ideas.

The Irish Independent interviews Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello.

Are you still channelling MacGowan today?

Maybe not so much. In the past, I was influenced very much by traditional music. My goal was to put new words to old melodies, which I think is something The Pogues have excelled at. Today, my head is in a different place. The members of the band bring their own influences: I'm into Ethiopian music and Brazilian music and Greenlandian music. It's all in there.

The Rocky Mountain News reviews one of my favorite short fiction collections of the year, Yasutaka Tsutsui's Salmonella Men on Planet Porno.

Tsutsui's introduction to America is witty and sometimes wise. He may not supplant Haruki Murakami any time soon, but his dark satire should find a loyal audience in the states. is selling their 50 bestselling mp3 albums for $5.

Boing Boing recommends holiday book gifts.

Daytrotter's Friday session features mp3s from Golden Boots.

The Independent profiles Glasvegas.

Their intense and deafening epic Phil Spector-esque wall of sound with the fuzzy droning guitars of The Jesus and Mary Chain is balanced by James Allan's sensitive vocals in his soft Glaswegian burr. And beneath the intimidating appearance (leather jackets, towering hairstyles and stoic stares) is a vulnerable side revealed by songwriter James's thoughtful and poetic lyrics – not to mention their ever approachable attitude towards their fans.

NPR's Monkey See blog lists five hefty graphic novels "to see you through your turkey coma."

In a post I eagerly await every year, the Morning News lists 2008 good gift games.

MPR's Talking Volumes interviews author Wally Lamb.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
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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