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February 9, 2009

Shorties (Propaghandi, Neko Case, and more)

Propaghandi is offering mp3 downloads of two songs from its forthcoming album, Supporting Caste (out March 10th), in return for a small donation to one of several good causes.

The Quietus interviews PJ Harvey and John Parish.

Billboard profiles Neko Case.

Case is now in the rare position of straddling two niche markets. The music she makes as a solo artist is rootsy and twangy, attracting followers of acts like Wilco and Neil Young. But her work with the New Pornographers appeals to a younger, college-age crowd that favors pop hooks and Case's trademark harmonies with Carl Newman.

Pitchfork interviews Stephen Malkmus.

Pitchfork: At this point, you're at the same point with the Jicks as you were with Pavement on Brighten the Corners, four albums in. How long do you think the Jicks will last? Do you think there's an end point, like with Pavement?

SM: You know, it's people's lives, so as you get a little older, your own life narrative, I guess, invades a little more. It's not like we're traveling in separate buses to each show. It's a labor of love, so we just do it because we like it. Maybe someone's gonna move, or not want to go on a tour for some reason-- that could happen, I guess. But we're still rehearsing and planning to make a new album next year. We have some really good new songs that we've already been playing on that last tour that we just finished.

Words Without Borders, "the online magazine for international literature," is celebrating graphic novels this month.

The Village Voice recaps New York Comic Con.

The Beat reports that the comic strip Bloom County will be reprinted in its entirety. The five volume collection will begin publishing in 2009.

At Drowned in Sound, singer-songwriter Emmy the Great dissects her First Love album track-by-track.

She also makes a mixtape for Drowned in Sound.

The Supremes 'Your Heart Belongs to Me'

I was really supposed to hate this song, cause the combination of Phil Spector and Diana Ross seems to add up to a big lump of hatefulness, but it's just so weird. It sounded like the Supremes wanted to be the Beach Boys for a song, and it's also kind of got a South Pacific thing going on. Argh. I love it.

Daytrotter's Monday session features in-studio mp3s from Plain White T's.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of Vic Chesnutt's Friday night Athens performance, where he was backed by Elf Power.

This week Five Chapters is serializing new short fiction by Kevin Moffett.

io9 predicts that UClick for the iPhone will make comic books obsolete.

Naturalismo has word of Psych Fest 2 in Austin, set for March 13th-15th (the weekend preceding SXSW Music). Last year's edition was the clear highlight of my 2008 SXSW experience.

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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