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March 31, 2009

Shorties (Fever Ray, Decemberists, and more)

Pitchfork interviews Karin Dreijer Andersson (of Fever Ray and The Knife).

The A.V. Club interviews Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.

21st Century Abe features several compositions by the National's Bryce Dessner, available as free and legal mp3s and meant to be remixed and shared at the site.

One of my favorite blogs, Said the Gramophone, is holding its third fundraising drive.

New York City's Webster Hall will start recording live shows at the venue and offering them as mp3 downloads (with participating bands).

Booker T. Jones talks to Billboard about choosing the Drive-By Truckers as his backup band for his new album, Potato Hole.

"I knew I wanted that attitude before I found the band," Booker, 64, says over a glass of red wine at a bar in Manhattan's East Village. "This album has a lot to do with attitude. The MG's were never an in-your-face band—the MG's is a groove band. But this is in your face, this raw, gritty sound that's too loud."

Medium Fidelity interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about the role of faith in his songwriting.

The A.V. Club lists 25 great albums that "work best when listened to from start to finish."

The New York Times reports that Google is offering links to free music downloads in China.

The Futurist shares mp3s from Viva Voce's WOXY SXSW session.

Author Elizabeth Kelly talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about her new novel, Apologize! Apologize!. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

NPR's All Songs Considered wraps up its 2009 SXSW coverage.

Singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell is in The Current studio for an interview and performance.

CHARTattack interviews Mandell.

Read Eleni Mandell's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay where she lists some of her favorite books.

Daytrotter's Monday session is epic: mp3s from an in-studio performance by Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks.

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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