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January 10, 2009

Shorties (M. Ward, Joseph O'Neill, and more)

Billboard talks to M. Ward about the singer-songwriter's forthcoming album, Hold Time (out February 17th).


Iggy Pop talks to the Globe and Mail about his acting career.

Iggy Pop is looking at a life change. As he ambled through the dark film set, over clustered power cables, he is obviously no longer the jagged, angular performer he once was. He has already long been drawn to quieter and more varied pursuits, which was partly the reason he took a supporting part in Toronto actor-director Rob Stefaniuk's forthcoming vampire comedy Suck.


Warren Ellis talks to the Courier-Mail about the All Tomorrow Parties lineup he helped curate.


Financial Times interviews Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland.


Barack Obama will be featured in a Spiderman comic.


My list of "best of 2008" music lists now features over 2400 lists, look for a final update on the 15th of this month.


Gutenberg.com lists 20 reasons why 2009 will be the year of the Ebook.


Minnesota Reads asks its "6 questions we always ask" to poet Dobby Gibson.

see also: Gibson's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for his poetry collection, Skirmish.


The Mental Defective League lists the top uses of song in a movie.


World Hum lists the top travel songs of all time.


Kiddie Records Weekly is in its fourth (and final) year of offering mp3 downloads of classic children's albums from the 40's & 50's.


NPR's Books We Like recommends Jonathan Lethem's Omega the Unknown, and offers an excerpt from the comic series.


Daytrotter's Saturday session features in-studio mp3s from Merz.


The Times Online reviews Roberto Bolano's novel, 2666.

Calling Roberto Bolano's 2666 a novel is somewhat misleading. Certainly, it bears many attributes of a work of long fiction - memorable characters, richly evoked locations, abundant action, recurrent themes. Nevertheless, the author is clearly working against the genre even as he labours within it; at times, he turns the common conventions of the novel on their head, whether by exiling a character that the reader has come to identify as a protagonist, or amputating storylines just as they start to pulse with life. The fact that the book remains as riveting as any top-notch thriller is testament to Bolano's astonishing virtuosity.


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Express Night Out interviews Bear Hands frontman Dylan Rau.

» EXPRESS: I loved the description you gave of Bear Hands to Alternative Press: "skinny music for skinny people". It seems to me that it was a clever way of saying "indie rock," a way of embracing the term creatively and not running away from it.

» RAU: Honestly, talking about the generic classification of bands doesn't really interest me anymore. Anyone can claim to be anything and I would like to be able to accept that. Being called indie rock doesn't offend me. I've casually called the band indie rock before. It's easy.


Wired's The Underwire interviews Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis about copyright.

Wired.com: Are you starting to feel for artists like De La Soul, who got hammered after blowing up sample-based hip-hop? Have you talked to other artists who have worked in similar fashions about their experiences?

Gillis: I've always felt for those who came before me and had to deal with copyright issues in a different era. Not much has changed with the legislation, but I think the mass mentality has definitely shifted. I've been able to talk briefly with people like Steinski, Mark Hosler of Negativland and John Oswald within the past year. It's always insightful to hear their take on where things are at right now.


American Songwriter interviews Steve Earle about his guitar.


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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