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February 11, 2009

Shorties (David Hajdu, John Wesley Harding, and more)

Cable and Tweed interviews David Hajdu, author of The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America.

C&T: Now that you have examined jazz, Bob Dylan, and comics, what can we look forward to from you in the near future?

DH: I’m just about finished putting together a collection of my essays – pieces I’ve done on music and film and comics and some other subjects over the past ten years or so – and that will be published in the fall. It’s called “Heroes and Villains.” I’ve also been working for a few years on a biography of the jazz singer Billy Eckstine – part two of a possible trilogy on African-American jazz singers from Pittsburgh named Billy. All I need is a third.


PopMatters interviews Canada's Hot Panda.


Pitchfork interviews electronic music's Christian Fennesz.


Mountain Xpress profiles Dr. Dog.

But Dr. Dog—despite the rapper moniker, the alignment with indie rock movers and shakers, and a steadily increasing fan base—boasts an old soul. Fate is a collection every bit as heart-on-sleeve-aching as it is satisfyingly rocking. And, staying true to The Beatles and The Band influences, Fate is unapologetic in its straightforward rock sensibility. As is the band behind the album.


Blurt interviews singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding (also an author who writes as Wesley Stace) about his new music label, Popover Corps. Also interviewed are two members of the label's A&R staff, authors Nick Hornby and Rick Moody.


Featherproof Books has announced a new imprint, Paper Egg Books which will produce a series of limited-edition, subscription-only books. The books will be designed by illustrator Paul Hornschemeier.


Pitchfork reviews the new Lily Allen album, It's Not Me, It's You (available for $3.99 at Amazon MP3).


The Beatles Complete on Ukelele aims to record every Fab Four song using the ukelele as the only accompaniment and a guest artist for each song.


Daytrotter's Wednesday session features in-studio mp3s from Nickel Eye.


InsideVandy lists the top love songs for Valentine's Day.


The free music streaming service Spotify is now available to everyone in the UK.


NPR's All Things Considered lists three recently published books that explore Abraham Lincoln's "complex genius," while the Minneapolis Star Tribune examines the best of the recent Honest Abe biographies.


T-shirts of the day: the funniest unofficial Star Wars t-shirts


Amazon MP3 offers over 500 free and legal mp3 downloads.


LaundroMatinee shares video and mp3s from a recent in-studio session by the Gay Blades.


BeatCrave lists indie rock's 5 most overused animal names.


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has Lykke Li in the studio for an interview and performance.


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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