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January 14, 2009

Shorties (Animal Collective, Jolie Holland, and more)

MTV News spends a week analyzing Animal Collective's new album, Meriweather Post Pavilion (CD out January 20th), and Hipster Runoff breaks down the hype surrounding the band.

The Seattle Times interviews Jon Raymond, whose short fiction collection Livability was recently published.

Q: You take on and portray the contemporary urban Northwest in ways I haven't encountered before. Were you consciously trying to correct a literary image of our region that still seems to consist largely of mountains and fir trees?

A: Yes, absolutely. I was trying to represent a fairly middle-class world, different from, say, a Kesey-ish world of tragic lumberjacks, or a Carver-ish world of beery bingo parlors and broken cars and such. And definitely a world without salmon or fly-fishing. I might say it's less a correction than an update, though. I wanted to depict lives more like those that my friends and family are living.

The Guardian's music blog lists the elements of a great album.

Author Christian Bauman shares a music playlist with the New York Times' Paper Cuts blog.

Paste offers a musical guide to inauguration weekend.

Boise Weekly talks to Tapes N' Tapes about the band's history.

"[The Internet] played a really big role in the beginning. We were a band that nobody had heard of outside of our 10 closest friends. It really helped. Our manager sent out some mp3's to some blogs she liked, and three or four people really liked it and they posted it and then things just kind of just took off," said Grier. "We had some really good luck and just tried to work hard to make the most out of a good situation."

Amazon is selling the digital version of Nick Drake's seminal album, Five Leaves Left, for $1.99 today.

NPR's Morning Edition examines the publishing industry's joy at the prospect of a literary president.

Harold Augenbraum, the executive director of the National Book Foundation, says the book world sees something different in Obama because he's the author of two best-sellers: "You actually have both a writer and a reader in the White House who is articulate and eloquent in his own right."

Top Shelf Comix is releasing a new edition of Alan Moore's controversial graphic novel Lost Girls in April.

AMC lists the music used in the production of its series Mad Men.

List of the Day lists the 25 most deserving non-inductees of the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.

At NPR's All Things Considered, Jen Chaney lists three books she rediscovered thanks to the television series Lost.

Daytrotter's Wednesday session features in-studio mp3s from Cotton Jones Basket Ride.

WXPN features an in-studio session with Jolie Holland.

Morrissey threatens to quit making music after his current album is released.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards.

The Village Voice profiles Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Business Week examines why Berkeley's Cody's Books went out of business.

In many respects, Cody's rise and fall is emblematic of many booksellers' struggles in recent years. At the same time, it is also a cautionary tale about the myriad business decisions that scores of small businesses face every day—the kind that collectively can mean the difference between survival, success, or closure.

T-shirt of the day: "NY Times Obama"

LaundroMatinee features in-studio video and mp3s from Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.

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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