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January 11, 2009

Shorties (Alela Diane, Amanda Palmer, and more)

The Times Online profiles singer-songwriter Alela Diane, whose new album To Be Still is released February 17th.

She’s already a star in France, where she has been performing with two of last year’s brightest breakthrough stars, MGMT and Fleet Foxes, having sold more than 40,000 copies of The Pirate’s Gospel there. Recorded in her father’s home studio, accompanied mainly by her own primitive acoustic guitar and various friends and family, it’s notable for her remarkably fluid voice, with a countrified curlicue on the high notes, and a set of sad songs with lyrics steeped in nature and tunes you can’t get out of your head.

Travel blog jauntesetter interviews Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.

Best solo getaway for a jauntsetter: I think big city trips are best for the solo traveler; I prefer to get lost in the crowd. For New Yorkers, I would recommend San Francisco. In my opinion, it’s the only other truly striking, culturally diverse, walking city in the country. It’s the only other place I would want to live.

Hidden Track creates a Warren Zevon playlist to help with New Year's resolutions.

myartspace interviews Amanda Palmer.

BS: What about your thoughts on art collectives in general-- specifically as a support system for emerging individuals?

AP: Essential. And wonderful. You see a lot more of these types of places in Europe. Sadly, art and music is seen differently in the states, more as a luxury and not a necessity. lists the most expensive fictional houses.

The Tulsa World profiles book designer/author/musician Chip Kidd.

Daytrotter's Sunday session features in-studio mp3s from Grieves.

Scotland on Sunday interviews Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

The Guardian reviews Roberto Bolano's 2666.

2666 is indeed Bolano's master statement, not just on account of its length and quality but also because it is the fullest expression of his two abiding themes: the writing life and violence.

The Times Online has posted part one of its guide to today's music scene.

The Boston Globe previews 9 musical artists to watch in 2009.

Newsweek examines the challenges facing the Obama administration in the arts.

Words Without Borders is the "online magazine for international literature." This month's issue focuses on writing by Indonesian women.

NPR's Weekend Edition talks to Peter Manseau about his debut novel, Songs for the Butcher's Daughter.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of Camper Van Beethoven's Friday NYC performance.

Jami Attenberg is videoblogging from her book tour for the paperback edition of The Kept Man.

see also: Attenberg's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the novel

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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