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March 30, 2009

Shorties (Wavves, Books for Obama's Staff, and more)

Paste's artist of the week is Wavves.

Twenty-two-year-old surf-punk wunderkind Nathan Williams, who performs as Wavves, is an unlikely candidate for the voice of a generation. But with guitar notes as ragged as his asymmetrical bangs, and with themes of apathy, financial hardship and general malaise recurring throughout his pseudo-eponymous sophomore album, Wavvves (out now on Fat Possum), what better way to soundtrack the recent economic downturn than with his static-soaked collages, recorded lovingly—and for free—on GarageBand in a backyard shack?


The Guardian recommends books for US president Barack Obama's staff.


The New Yorker features new short fiction by Brad Watson, "Visitation."


Billboard interviews Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament about the recent reissue of Ten.


QualityBootz shares mp3s of unreleased live concerts.


The New York Times reports that a musical based on Green Day's American Idiot album will debut September 4th in Berkeley.


Booksellers Blog is an online resource focusing on "online marketing, social media, and blogging for the independent bookseller."


Southern Shelter shares mp3s from a couple of Maserati performances fro earlier this month.


Bob Dylan is offering a free MP3 download today of "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" from his new album, Together Through Life (out April 28th).


U2 France interviews the band's longtime manager, Brian McGuiness.


Idolator collects online reactions to Blender shutting the doors of its print publication.

PopMatters' Crazed by the Music blog ponders what Blender's print demise means for the music industry.


Daytrotter's Sunday session features in-studio mp3s from Javelins.


Enter the latest Largehearted Boy giveaway and win six of Continuum's 33 1/3 books on seminal albums.


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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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