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March 19, 2009

Shorties (Handsome Furs, Philipp Meyer, and more)

Dan Boeckner of the Handsome Furs talks to the Montreal Gazette about the band's new album, Face Control.

“This album has had a better critical response,” Boeckner admitted, on the phone Tuesday from a tour stop in St. Louis, Mo. “It feels like we had to climb out from under the shadow of Wolf Parade. ... I think we had to prove ourselves on the road. This isn’t just (something we do in our) spare time, a throwaway record.”


The Cleveland Plain-Dealer profiles author Philipp Meyer and his debut novel, American Rust.

Just before giving up and applying to become an emergency medical technician, Meyer caught a break: The Iowa Review bought his story. McSweeney's and Salon.com also bought stories. Then, in 2007, he won a three-year fellowship to the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. It was during that time that Meyer bore down on the 80-page outline that would become "Rust."


The Globe and Mail profiles Propagandhi.

Nearly 20 years later, Propagandhi is one of the few political bands from that era to survive with disillusions intact. Supporting Caste, their latest album, is a hard-driving survey of much that's wrong with the world, including imperialist domination, history as written by the victors, the killing and eating of animals, and the rantings of Don Cherry.


The SXSW 2009 Twitter Visualizer is a clever way to track what's going on in Austin this week.


In the Guardian, author Laura Lippman lists 10 memorable memoirs.


The Guardian's music blog points out John Squire's artistic answer to the Stone Roses reunion questions.


Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from Those Darlins.


NPR kicked off its live streams from SXSW last night with shows by the Avett Brothers, Heartless Bastards, and Decemberists.


Jill Sobule talks to Marketplace about her experience with her latest album (produced with the help of donations by fans).


Wired's Epicenter blog lists the top iPhones apps for navigating SXSW Music.


John Vanderslice talks songwriting with Express Night Out.

"I like tension in my songs," says Vanderslice, who also seems to relish delving both into the political and personal, often on the same track. One of his best tunes — "Angela" on "Pixel Revolt" — even finds him bemoaning a lost pet rabbit whose tragic end perhaps parallels that of the American city. Says Vanderslice, "I always think the narrator — who often isn't me — had better have some problems, or why is he striking a chord on his guitar?"


The Times Online lists 10 literary on-hit wonders.


Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features the Duke Spirit with an interview and 0n-studio performance.


The Morning News offers six-word reviews of the 1,302 mp3s SXSW made available from bands participating in the event this year.


NPR's Day to Day excerpts the first chapter of actress Jaime Pressly's (My Name Is Earl) memoir It's Not Necessarily Not The Truth.


nyctaper offers mp3s of the March 12th Monks of Doom reunion show.


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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