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March 25, 2009

Shorties (Leonard Cohen, Grant Morrison, and more)

NPR is streaming Leonard Cohen's Live in London concert, which is out March 31st as a 2-CD set and DVD.

Wired's Underwire blog interviews comics writer Grant Morrison about writing the Batman comics. Zibarro, Bizarro World's own Superman, was a misfit riot.

Morrison: Zibarro was the Morrissey Bizarro. The sensitive outsider on a world of lunatics. He was great to write.

Will Oldham plays guest DJ at All Songs Considered.

At the New York Times' Room for Debate blog, authors including Joyce Carol Oates and Erica Jong examine the lasting legacy of poet Sylvia Plath.

Daytrotter's Wednesday session features in-studio mp3s from And the Moneynotes.

Director Michael Carmona talks to the East Bay Express about the his documentary film, Pansy Divison: Life in a Gay Rock Band.

"I'd say the Pansy Division fans came out the most and have appreciated it more than anyone," Carmona says. "It's definitely who we made the picture for." And in spite of the doc's warm reception among gay audiences, Carmona emphasizes that the main theme of the movie and band is breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes related to sexual orientation.

Brendan Canty, director of the Wilco live film, Ashes of American Flags (out April 28th on DVD), talks about the experience with Creative Loafing Sarasota,

But to hear Canty tell it, he made the film for the same reason you or I probably would. "I'm a f**king fan," the 43-year-old says over the phone from the D.C. production studio he shares with Green. The result of Canty and Green's effort is Ashes of American Flags: Wilco Live, an 88-minute feature being screened twice next week as part of the Sarasota Film Festival. Discussing Wilco, Canty sounds downright giddy: "I see my favorite songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, coming together with my favorite guitarist, Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche..." The sentence trails off in fanboy awe. is offering an mp3 download of the new Decemberists album, Hazards of Love, for only $3.99.

The Phoenix interviews author Leanne Shapton.

What prompted you to tell the story of a couple through their belongings?

I really like the idea of objects being haunted and holding more history than they appear to. I also wanted to talk about how we keep these things. What do you take from one relationship and bring into a new one? What can you not throw away? I was interested in the life and the romance of things, of objects that didn't have any value but sentimental value.

Read Shapton's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for her novel, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has the Broken West in the studio for a streaming performance and interview.

Also in The Current Studio: A.C. Newman.

NPR excerpts from Alan Moore's graphic novel, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 1.

LaundroMatinee shares in-studio video and mp3s from My Brightest Diamond.

Daytrotter's Tuesday session features in-studio mp3s from High Places.

Lullabyes shares mp3s from one of Wavves' SXSW performances.

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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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