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March 27, 2009

Shorties (Grizzly Bear, Ian Rankin, and more)

At Drowned in Sound, Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste shares experiences from touring with Radiohead.

Newsarama concludes its interview with author Ian Rankin (who is writing a graphic novel).

NRAMA: But getting back to comics, there have been a lot of crime novelists working in comics, both on crime books and superhero titles. You have a lot of creators who got their start doing small-press crime books – Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Azzarello, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker – it really feels like a lot of aspects of crime noir and thrillers have been integrated into the basic storytelling of most popular comics. Why do you think there’s such a connection between crime and comics storytelling these days?

IR: I think part of it is just that barriers are breaking down everywhere. For example, in The Wire, they approached proper novelists to script it, so you have George Pelicanos and Richard Price and Dennis Lehane scripting the series.

I think it’s just this thing where you don’t have to sit in a compartment any more. If you sit in a compartment, all you write are mystery novels, or all you write are comic books, or all you write are television shows. And all those boundaries are being knocked down. The artists themselves are not happy to be compartmentalized.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer lists the city's top 10 rock and roll landmarks.

JamBase interviews folk legend Roy Harper.

Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan.

Lullabyes continues its SXSW coverage with two live tracks from Wildbirds and Peacedrums.

At Oregon Public Broadcasting, Southerly is giving away a new song every week.

Another music magazine bites the dust, RIP Blender.

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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