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March 23, 2009

Shorties (Ratatat, Alice Russell, and more)

Decider Chicago interviews the members of Ratatat.


BBC News followed soul singer Alice Russell through one day of her SXSW Music experience.


The Phoenix's On the Download blog lists why (and why not) a SXSW-like music festival could happen in Boston.


Newsday's Backstage Pass blog lists the top 10 things Morrissey said during his Saturday Bowery Ballroom performance.


Record Store Day is April 18th this year, and the list of exclusive releases keeps growing.


The New York Times examines the advertising, marketing, and branding that paid for SXSW Music events.


Idolator reports that not everyone was happy at the SXSW music blogging panel.


The Los Angeles Times profiles Nathan Williams of Wavves.

Wavves' lo-fi sound might have been an economic necessity, but Williams also thinks it has its aesthetic advantages. "If I had recorded 'So Bored' in a studio, it would sound like an almost guilty-sounding pop song. You could put it next to some Matchbox Twenty and feel real embarrassed by it," he said. "The fuzz makes it so you have to pick out the melody and you have to think about it a little bit more."


Seven profiles author Dave Eggers and the 826 Foundation.


Five Chapters features a new short story by John Wray.

Read Wray's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for his novel, Lowboy.


Oddee lists the 15 coolest bookshelves.


nyctaper shares mp3s from a Blank Dogs show earlier this month.


Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "shorties" posts.


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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