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April 2, 2009

Shorties (Neil Young, Julie Doiron, and more)

MySpace is streaming in its entirety the new Neil Young album, Fork in the Road (out April 7th).

Julie Doiron talks to the Guelph Mercury about her latest album, I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.

"I've always tried to be a happy person, but I guess I chose songwriting to get out all the negative stuff. Now I don't seem to have to do that as much anymore. I realized one day that I was really grateful for everyone who was in my life, and all the things I have and get to do. I really don't have any excuse to be mopey, so I just naturally started to write about that more. I'm sure that's why there's more of a balance on this record."

The Telegraph reports that Gabriel Garcia Marquez has written his last book.

The shortlist for the 100,000 Euro International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has been named:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Ravel by Jean Echenoz
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland
The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen
The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
Man Gone Down by Micheal Thomas

The Guardian tests your knowledge of "Spring in literature."

The Boston Globe profiles independent bookstores and how they succeed in tough economic times.

"The Golden Rules of Blog PR: 12 Music Bloggers Set It Straight."

AfterEllen examines the progress made in gay-themed young adult books.

Playboy lists the top 20 books every man should read.

Following Amazon's lead, the Good, The Bad, and The Unknown lists the best 111 indie albums of all time.

The Quietus interviews the members of Doves about the band's new album, Kingdom Of Rust (out April 7th).

The Denver Westword interviews Tom Campesinos! of Los Campesinos!

Seen Reading is celebrating National poetry Month with 30 in 30, a collection of 30 poets reading a poem of their own, plus a favorite by another poet.

Author Jonathan Lethem lists his top 10 Criterion Collection films.

At Drowned in Sound, Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier shares memories of touring with Radiohead.

Preview 81 pages of the Popgun, Volume 3 comics anthology (via).

Singer-songwriter Oren Lavie visits The Current studio for a streaming interview and live performance.

Download the free 8-track Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler at Amazon MP3.

In the Guardian, Douglas Kennedy lists the top 10 books about grief.

nyctaper has mp3s of the Mountain Goats' Friday New York performance.

Southern Shelter shares mp3s of Pylon's 2008 Athens Halloween show.

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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