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January 4, 2009


NPR is streaming Andrew Bird's (wonderful) new album, Noble Beast in its entirety (the album is released January 20th). lists the top 10 most political comic book characters.

The Denver Post previews the top indie music releases of 2009.

The Miami Herald examines the challenges facing oldies radio stations.

Dying listeners, satellite radio, the voracious Internet, the damnable iPod: It's all enough to make Bill Stedman, the new program director at South Florida oldies station WMXJ, think wistfully of the days when his biggest worry was keeping people from driving motorcycles into the studio. Which, by the way, he was surprisingly unsuccessful at.

Wikipedia lists fake memoirs that have been published.

The Financial Times lists "fiction to look out for" in 2009 as well as 2009's major book festivals.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

Frozen cabins in the woods of northern Wisconsin aren't normally places where legendary music is born. But in the winter of two years ago, the spirits of folk-rock somehow came together to help Justin Vernon — better known as Bon Iver — record a masterpiece.

Daytrotter's Sunday session features in-studio mp3's from Ghostfinger.

LAist interviews D.A. Wallach of Chester French.

The Times Online profiles the "goth-folk" music genre.

Down cobwebbed alleys and atop moonlit hills, promoters such as Electroacoustic Club, Antifolk UK and Dead Beat are mining interest in the new depression’s pin-ups, among them Ali, Greg Weeks and Marissa Nadler. “I just don’t understand why people would like asphalt more than green grass and woods,” says the American Weeks, a Leonard Cohen for a new generation. His current album, The Hive, swings from medieval melancholia to sunshine-licked mantras and even a Sonic Youth-like Madonna cover, all recorded in his 24-track analogue studio. Weeks is the founder of the record label Language of Stone, whose stable of artists, including Noa Babayof and Sharon Van Etten, share his passion for antiindustrialisation. “We are analogue creatures, not digital media,” he insists. wonders if it is selfish to want more books from J.D. Salinger.

Stuff profiles David Byrne and lists 10 classic Byrne tracks.

The Austin American-Statesman interviews Richard C. Meyer, author of the comic about the Iraq war, No Enemy, But Peace.

Spotify is a new online service to legally stream music.

Amazon is still selling digital downloads of its top 50 albums 0f 2008 for $5 each.

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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