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March 18, 2009

Shorties (Pete Doherty, Six Organs of Admittance, and more)

MySpace is streaming the new Pete Doherty album, Grace/Wastelands.

Author John Wray shares a music playlist at the New York Times Paper Cuts blog.

Read Wray's Largehearted Boy music playlist for his novel, Lowboy.

The Quietus interviews Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance.

An argument I've heard advanced is that there's been a general devaluing of music in recent years - not merely in economic terms and expectations, but as a more central role or defining marker of what makes a person and who they are. What would be your take on this assertion?

BC: I do believe that music is generally being devalued because of this addiction to information that I was speaking of. I like to compare it to a drive through the countryside. If you are driving at a comfortable pace then you are able to enjoy the sights of the countryside for yourself; the trees and the color of the sky and the sad-eyed cows, etc. If you are driving 100 miles per hour, there is no way you will be able to enjoy what the countryside has to offer. You will be too busy reacting to contemplate; the potholes, the corners, the lone farmer's truck.

The Times Online lists 10 spectacular second novels.

Typesett lists the top 30 indie band website designs.

Daytrotter's Wednesday session features in-studio mp3s from Young Coyotes.

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan talks to the Hartford Advocate about the band's one-off side project, the Condo F**ks.

These days Yo La Tengo is loud and limber but still cerebral and focused. With Yo La Tengo in such fine form, Kaplan's right to downplay the importance of its one-off three-chord side project: "We did one live show, a year ago, and the album was recorded before that." That's where the Condo Fucks legend lies for now, though Kaplan says the band nearly reunited for Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's in Hoboken, and could conceivably be called into service for a benefit or special event.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel profiles singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco.

The Globe and Mail reviews Jedediah Berry's debut novel, The Manual of Detection.

The Manual of Detection is a wonderfully clever, ambitious and intelligent piece of work. Whatever Jedediah Berry does next, I'm in for it.

Read Berry's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

GQ lists the 20 graphic novels you should read (after Watchmen).

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has the Decemberists' Colin Meloy in the studio for an interview and live performance.

NPR excerpts from Isabel Gillies' memoir, Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story.

NPR Music's live coverage of SXSW Music starts today and runs through Sunday.

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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