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March 9, 2009

Shorties (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jonathan Littell, and more)

Stream the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, It's Blitz, on the band's MySpace page.

Jonathan Littell talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his much hyped novel, The Kindly Ones.

Paste's artist of the week is DM Stith.

This sense of precise ambiguity is abetted by Stith's strong sense of atmospherics: His arrangements are full-bodied but spacious, with the multi-tracked vocals occasionally hidden in the ethereal, heavily layered music. The effect is haunting; when Stith sings, “I have been sleeping with the lights on,” it's easy to understand why. At times, he seems to be traveling through a dimly lit cave, but elsewhere, especially on "Fire of Birds," he feels like a guide to heavenly ascension.

PopMatters interviews hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash.

3:AM interviews Blissblog's Simon Reynolds.

Esquire lists the 75 music albums every man should own.

The Chicago Tribune profiles one of the cartoonist geniuses of our time, Lynda Barry.

LaundroMatinee features video and mp3s from a Buffalo KIllers recent in-studio performance.

Daytrotter's Monday session features in-studio mp3s from the Rumble Strips.

The New York Times reviews Patrick Somerville's debut novel, The Cradle.

As a small novel with unexpectedly wide range, “The Cradle” mixes the profound emotional pull of parent-child connections with comically eccentric touches.

Look for Somerville's Book Notes music playlist for the book on Largehearted Boy tomorrow, and read his Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for his story collection, Trouble.

Gotham Acme interviews Feelies frontman Glenn Mercer.

Enter this week's Largehearted Boy contest and win a copy of the Watchmen graphic novel as well as the Watchmen Motion Comic DVD.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make it into the daily "shorties" posts.

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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