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March 12, 2009

Shorties (Angus and Julia Stone, Roberto Bolano, and more)

The Georgia Straight profiles Angus & Julia Stone.

If Julia is upbeat these days, it’s because the world continues to discover the considerable charms of A Book Like This. Although the disc hit the streets Down Under over two years ago, it’s only now getting the push in North America. Just released on iTunes, it promptly shot to No. 1 on the singer-songwriter chart, an accomplishment that, unfairly, makes the two sound like they ought to be sipping chai lattes with James Taylor and Jewel. Instead, Angus and Julia Stone seem like they’d rather go record-shopping with Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, and those freaks from CocoRosie.


The Telegraph reports that two unpublished novels have been found among the papers of author Roberto Bolano, along with a sixth section to his posthumously published novel 2666.


At BBC News, Billy Bragg, Kate Nash, and other musicians explain why artists need a collective voice in the digital age.


The New Statesman examines the "fiction ghetto."

Walking into a London branch of Waterstone’s recently to buy a copy of a novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Toni Morrison, I noticed a curious deficiency in the Ms between Blake Morrison, Ewan Morrison and . . . John Mortimer. Asking at the desk whether the shop had simply sold out of the Nobel laureate’s works, I was directed to the Black Writing section, a niche-interest bookshelf between Sci-Fi and Gay Porn.


The Daily Texan lists indie bands to watch at SXSW.


The Georgia Straight profiles Angus & Julia Stone.

If Julia is upbeat these days, it’s because the world continues to discover the considerable charms of A Book Like This. Although the disc hit the streets Down Under over two years ago, it’s only now getting the push in North America. Just released on iTunes, it promptly shot to No. 1 on the singer-songwriter chart, an accomplishment that, unfairly, makes the two sound like they ought to be sipping chai lattes with James Taylor and Jewel. Instead, Angus and Julia Stone seem like they’d rather go record-shopping with Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, and those freaks from CocoRosie.


T-shirt of the day: "Ironic Youth"


Crawdaddy! compares "Ivy League bands" Vampire Weekend and Galaxie 500.


Spike lists the 10 most overlooked band members.


Joy Division Bootlegs shares recordings of live Joy Division and early New Order live performances.


Dwarfed Punk = Daft Punk + Snow White and the Daft Punk Console


Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from the Local Natives.


Lullabyes features a couple of live mp3s from one of She & Him's SXSW performance last year.


NPR's All Things Considered reviews two books that center on "odd young men," Jesse Ball's The Way Through Doors and John Wray's Lowboy.

Read Wray's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for Lowboy.

Read Ball's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for The Way Through Doors.


NBC Washington interviews Matt Lambert of All the Saints.


The trailer for the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh:

Southern Voice on the film, "They ruined my favorite book!"

Cinema Blend reviews the film, while RopeofSilicon.com gathers early reviews.


NPR offers a free 10-song SXSW sampler on iTunes.


In the New Yorker, Sasha-Frere Jones profiles Neko Case.


Drowned in Sound reviews the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, It's Blitz!, giving it 8/10.


NPR is offering a streaming mix of 2009 SXSW Music artists.


The Futurist features in-studio mp3s from Annuals' recent WOXY Lounge Act session.


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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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