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January 17, 2009

Shorties (Franz Ferdinand, M83, and more)

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos shares stories about recording the band's new album, Tonight (out January 27th), with the Melbourne Herald Sun.

Having enlisted the help of "mad scientist" producer Dan Carey, they made full use of the building's unique possibilities: climbing into the rafters to swing a mic over a feeding back amp to capture the Doppler effect; experimenting with the different sounds in the different rooms; even rattling human bones as percussion on one song.

Decider interviews Anthony Gonzales of M83.

Fingertips interviews Shane Nelkin of the Awkward Stage about the state of the music industry.

Malcolm Gladwell talks to the Houston Chronicle about his string of bestselling books.

Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Mar talks to the Globe and Mail about her new career in film.

USA Today offers an interactive winter book release calendar.

Wired's Epicenter blog lists 5 ways the cellphone will change how you listen to music.

Robert Frost Out Loud collects audio recordings of the poet's works, many of which read by the author himself.

In the Globe and Mail, Carl Wilson profiles Land of Talk.

The oscillations between bright and dark spots in Land of Talk's career mirror its music, founded on the sour-and-sweet blend of Powell's spiky, dissonant guitar with her plaintive voice, as if Kim Gordon of post-punk band Sonic Youth had the wounded twang of Louisiana country-rock balladeer Lucinda Williams. Powell's lyrics, too, hover in a twilight zone between Eros and Thanatos.

io9 lists science fiction writers' "cruddiest (and craziest)" day jobs.

In the Guardian, John Mullan lists ten of the best literary parodies.

The Los Angeles Times Pop & Hiss blog profiles local music blogs.

Booker T. Jones talks to Billboard about recording his new album, Potato Hole, with the Drive-By Truckers as his backing band.

"It was a matter of finding people to help me interpret these ideas," Jones told Billboard. "In the public's mind, it's gonna be a new sound for me. In my mind it's not. I've loved rock for a long time. In the '60s I wrote a few songs for Otis Redding and Eddie Floyd that were rock songs, but it was too soon for us to be doing that kind of music."

The Guardian talks to Vikas Swarup, whose debut novel Q&A was transformed into the film, Slumdog Millionaire.

"I am the luckiest novelist in the world. I was a first-time novelist who wasn't awash in rejection slips, whose manuscript didn't disappear in slush piles. I have had a wonderful time."

Cracked lists the "most god awful tribute albums ever recorded."

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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