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March 24, 2009

Shorties (Peter Bjorn & John, Jane Austen Comics, and more)

Stream the new Peter Bjorn and John album, Living Thing, on MySpace in its entirety.

The Seattle Times previews the upcoming Marvel comic adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The Telegraph reviews five new, well-written soccer books.

CNN interviews singer-songwriter Jill Sobule about her fan-funded new album.

CNN: So Jill, your next record that's coming out in April ("California Years") was funded entirely by fans. How did you come up with that idea?

Jill Sobule: Well, after being on two major labels that dropped me, and then two indie labels that went bankrupt, the thought of maybe getting another deal seemed ridiculous.

Originally, I thought I would try and have them invest -- just like stocks -- but I couldn't figure out how to do it. So the next thing was a different level of donations, and they would get gifts. For $10,000 [the "Weapons Grade Plutonium" level], you could sing a duet with me on my record, and someone actually did it from the UK.

ReadWriteWeb gushes about the online music playlist generator,

MTV lists its top 10 SXSW 2009 moments.

PopMatters asks its 20 questions of singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding (who writes fiction under the name Wesley Stace).

CNET's Digital Noise blog writes an obituary for the major record labels.

Hipster Runoff examines the importance of the "memefication of your band."

Free label samplers at Amazon MP3: Arts & Crafts (including tracks by the Constantines and the Stills) & Victory Records.

Amazon MP# also offers the 5-track greatest hits album, Rhino Hi-Five: The Cars, for only 99 cents.

Daytrotter's Monday session features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

CrunchGear examines how cloud computing will change the way we think about music ownership.

Lullabyes shares a couple of tracks from one of Miles Anthony Benjamin Robinson's SXSW performances.

Ingrid Michaelson is streaming a song about Twitter on her blog.

G. Xavier Robillard discusses his debut novel, Captain Freedom, with NPR's Book Tour, and offers both a text and audio excerpt from the book.

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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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