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March 22, 2009


On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: the Hold Steady's 11-track Boys And Girls In America and Al Green's seminal 9-track album, Let's Stay Together.

Slate explains why Amazon's Kindle e-book reader will change the worlds of publishing and reading.

Sound Opinions talks to Merge Records co-founders Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance.

NPR's Weekend Edition examines a Boston University class that teaches the "mechanics and artistry of poetry through Dylan's songwriting."

Smithsonian profiles Eudora Welty, the photographer.

The Times Online profiles White Lies.

While Fear of Flying’s sound was slightly dancy indie pop, White Lies’ doomy attitude is neatly summed up in the standout line from the album’s title track: “Let’s grow old together and die at the same time.” The musical power of the band is epitomised by the punchy guitar chords and neat bass figure that drive the chorus of the new single, Farewell to the Fairground.

Newsweek profiles Chinese novelist Yu Hua.

Yu, a former dentist with the charm of a salesman and an unassuming nature that have earned him comparisons to a peasant, has avoided the censorship of Chinese authorities in part by never writing about the Tiananmen Square massacre. In fact, he is surprised that the West remains so fascinated by the brutal suppression of student democracy demonstrators in 1989. "Chinese people aren't really concerned with it anymore," he says with a laugh. "The younger generation doesn't know about it because no one has told them. The intellectuals don't care because things are good now."

The New York Times examines the importance of SXSW Music to bands seeking exposure.

Lullabyes shares mp3s from one of Theresa Andersson's SXSW sets.

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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