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February 21, 2009

Shorties (U2, Italo Calvino, and more)

U2 is streaming its new album, No Line on the Horizon, on its MySpace page.


The Cleveland Plain Dealer profiles former Mice frontman Bill Fox.

Ironically, the more low-profile Fox sought to become, the more his fame grew. Quasi-mythological status was bestowed upon him via a 2007 profile in The Believer, a hip magazine put out by novelist Dave Eggers' McSweeney's publishing house. The article was penned by New York City writer Joe Hagan, whose wife turned him on to Fox's albums.

"They're completely beautiful and have some moments of real genius," Hagan says. "I was scratching my head, asking why I hadn't heard of this guy if this is so good."


The Flint Journal debates the possible merits of Kid Rock beer.


Take a virtual tour of the Eudora Welty House.


The Mental Floss blog lists its favorite literary heroines.


Daytrotter's Saturday session features in-studio mp3s from David Saw.


Wowbrary alerts you to the latest book, DVD, and CD additions to your local library.


Propagandhi frontman Chris Hannah talks to Exclaim! about the band's new album, Supporting Caste (out March 10th).


Carl Newman talks to ChartAttack about his solo career and work with his band, the New Pornographers.

"There's absolutely no difference these days [between solo work and the band]," Newman says. "I mean, I thought there was, but immediately after we finished making Electric Version I started working on the solo record because we had all these songs that I thought wouldn't work in The New Pornographers. And then, at the end of making Slow Wonder, my favourite songs on that record were the slower, more quiet ones. So when I went into Twin Cinema, I thought, 'Why can't The New Pornographers do slow, quiet songs?' I think doing that solo album just opened things up. It made us realize that we can be whatever we feel like being."


JDub Records has a blog.


A.V. Club staffers recommend books, movies, and albums that should be required in high school curriculums,


The Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog lists the top 10 black superheroes.


The New Yorker features a new short story by Italo Calvino, "The Daughters of the Moon."


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has Ben Kweller in the studio for a streaming performance and interview.


LaundroMatinee features in-studio video and mp3s from Justin Townes Earle.


Daytrotter's Friday session features in-studio mp3s from the Delta Spirit.


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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