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March 3, 2009

Shorties (Dan Deacon, Alina Simone, and more)

NPR is streaming in its entirety Dan Deacon's new album, Bromst (out March 24th).

Gotham Acme interviews singer-songwriter Alina Simone. Stream a new song from her forthcoming album as well as her cover of Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again."

MusicOMH profiles Amanda Palmer.

Amazon MP3 is selling U2's new 11-track album, No Line on the Horizon, for $3.99.

Mac McCaughan talks to PopMatters about his musical career with Superchunk, Portastatic, and Merge Records.

Aquarium Drunkard has produced the RAM on L.A. album, a compilation of 12 Los Angeles bands covering Paul McCartney's RAM album. The mp3 download is free, but donations are requested, and go to a very good cause, No More Landmines.

Antonya Nelson talks to the Los Angeles Times about her new short story collection, Nothing Right.

Pitchfork interviews St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

Pitchfork: I thought your first album, Marry Me, was actorly in that it sometimes sounded like you were playing different characters from song to song. With Actor, did you want to bring that idea to the forefront?

St. Vincent: Lyrically, the new album actually isn't as dressed-up in metaphor-- it's not as guardedly clever [laughs]. As far as the title goes, I would just watch films on silent and think, "How can I score this scene?" as a writing exercise. So I envisioned the whole thing to be like a film score. Then I realized, "Oh wait, I write pop songs. I need words as well." I was thinking about David Mamet a lot-- I have such a crush on David Mamet-- and about the whole idea of what a drama is.

Salon profiles Flannery O'Connor, and along the way reviews Brad Gooch' biography of the author, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor.

AFF Doublethink profiles author Keith Gessen and the current New York literary scene.

The Guardian talks to writers (including Hari Kunzru, Joyce Carol Oates, and others) about writing for a living.

Download the over 5 gigabytes of mp3 files SXSW has made available from 2009 participating artists in two handy bittorrent files.

Drowned in Sound recaps February's music releases.

The National Post offers a "comic book neophyte's guide" to the Watchmen film.

Decider Austin interviews cartoonist Jeffrey Brown.

D: You're classified as an “indie” cartoonist, yet you’ve sold thousands of books, been picked up by two major publishing houses, and worked with Death Cab For Cutie. Does "indie" mean anything anymore?

JB: Less than it used to. I think the label has been applied to style and aesthetics rather than methods. But people are still starting out on their own and putting the work in themselves to build up an audience.

Brain Harvest is a new online speculative fiction magazine. The first story, "Patmos Like Pink Elephants," is written by Nick Mamatas.

The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize" has been named the state song of Oklahoma.

Magnet interviews Dean and Britta.

Daytrotter's Tuesday session features in-studio mp3s from Dark Dark Dark.

Download an mp3 of David Berman's speech at the final Silver Jews show.

Pop & Hiss reports that Spinal Tap will stage an 18-city acoustic tour.

Bookslut's March issue is online.

VideoHound lists 5 graphic novels that should not be made into films.

Pearl Jam is promoting its Ten special edition reissue (out March 24th) with an online puzzle game.

Enter the latest Largehearted Boy contest and win another copy of the 21-DVD Monty Python Collector's Edition Megaset.

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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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