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December 1, 2008


Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij talks to Diamondback Online about the band's next album.

"I think we want to have a clear break in terms of a new sound, but also an evolution," he said. "I think, ultimately, the goal is that you know it's our band, but … after we put out like five or 10 albums, you can say, 'Oh, that was the sound of their second album' just by hearing one song. I think that's the goal."

The New Yorker features a new short story, "Waiting," by Amos Oz.

VICE magazine offers a unique "best albums ever" list.

Number 16: Cheesy pop band masquerading as 'wonky-pop'/'nu-pop'/'underground pop', which only barely disguises the fact that they're Roxette with alt. dress sense.

Den of Geek lists 20 pop songs featured in the British television series Doctor Who.

The Sacramento Bee recommends holiday-themed books.

The Times Online lists the 100 best films of 2008.

The Los Angeles Times has posted the first installment of a three-part interview with author Neil Gaiman about his comics series, The Sandman (which has its 20th anniversary this year).

Sci-Fi Wire lists 8 reason's why Gaiman is "the coolest."

Daytrotter's Monday session features in-studio mp3s from The Hush Sound.

The Guardian profiles cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

Two years ago, Bechdel published a book that she hoped would act on her family like a miracle cure. "I had this fantasy that this book was going to heal us and bring us all together. I was going to tell the truth and everything would be out in the open." The truth of her father's not-quite repressed homosexuality, and the day he stepped in front of a truck and was killed, in what she believes was suicide, required a lot of healing. And? She smiles in understatement.

The Book Design Review lists its favorite book covers of 2008.

The National Post offers a primer to Alabama rap.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio about his book, How Football Explains America.

In his Guardian blog, Jonathan Jones examines the parallels between ancient and modern superheroes.

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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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