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February 18, 2009

Shorties (Obi Best, Morrissey, and more)

Cincinnati CityBeat profiles Alex Lilly and her band, Obi Best.

Lilly and Obi Best live up to those stellar accolades on Capades, as they seamlessly weave together chirpy dream Pop, ephemeral Electronica, propulsive Indie Rock and expansive Synth Pop, like a Vulcan mind meld of The Cardigans, The Cranberries, Feist and ARS, co-produced by Brian Eno and Todd Rundgren with equal appreciation for quirk and accessibility.

Drowned in Sound is profiling Low's career by reviewing the band's albums over the years.

AbeBooks lists 30 novels worth buying for the cover alone (I admit to having 13 of these in my library). examines the conflict between digital music companies and music labels.

Mania interviews Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons.

Mania: When you and Alan were creating 'Watchmen', did you ever think it would be this big?

Gibbons: No, we had worked together before, on '2000 A.D.', I thought there was some chemistry. We just wanted to do something that was longer, and we got the chance to do 'Watchmen', and we just wanted to do the best book that we could.

We could never have imagined that it would’ve been collected into a graphic novel. We thought the 12 comics would go in to the back issue bin and that would be the end of it. So even the fact that it’s a graphic novel is amazing. I think if we ‘d known we were doing something that was going to live forever it wouldn’t have been as good. We would’ve been too worried.

Play the Watchmen online game.

Daytrotter's Wednesday session features in-studio mp3s from Ireland's Bell X1.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of an Athens Elf Power show from earlier this month.

Today is the last day to enter my contest to with three Harper Perennial Olive Edition classic modern novels.

Amazon MP3 is selling Morrissey's new 12-track Years of Refusal album for only $3.99.

SF Weekly shares 25 unknown facts about 2009 Noise Pop artists. aggregates Twitter posts from indie musicians, labels, and bloggers.

Follow me on Twitter.

Seattlest has the 2009 Sasquatch Festival lineup.

Amazon MP3 is offering a free 4-track Stax Records sampler album.

TIME's list of 2009's top 25 blogs includes one of my favorite music websites, Said the Gramophone.

WNYC features a solo in-studio performance by M. Ward.

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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