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April 4, 2009

Shorties (Emily Haines, Jane Smiley, and more) interviews Metric's Emily Haines.

Highest high in your career to date?

I think most people would expect I would say two nights at Madison Square Garden with The Rolling Stones, which was pretty cool, but it’s better as an anecdote than an experience. I think the one that stayed with me most is when we played with Sonic Youth in France and I met Kim Gordon for the first time. She’s a hero of mine and lived up 100% to who I thought she would be in person -- encouraging and having kind words to say to me as a fellow female musician. That definitely stuck with me -- someone I respect so much, giving that respect back to me.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiles author Jane Smiley.

T-shirt of the day: "Poe Dunk"

Bat For Lashes 2007 12-track album, Fur & Gold is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon MP3. is a new social network built around writing and reading.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s from John Vanderslice's recent New York performance.

Daytrotter's Saturday session features in-studio mp3s from the Teenage Prayers.

Good Times Santa Cruz interviews Mark Olson about his album with fellow Jayhawk, Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood.

GOOD TIMES: What is it like to look back at when the Jayhawks formed and see how much the alt-country scene has grown since?

MARK OLSON: When we started out playing, our idea of why we didn’t want to do punk was because we wanted to do something we could do over a long period of time. A lot of the music we were listening to was The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, and even The Kinks, and it was pleasant and they were talking about real life issues with their minds while being humorous and poetic. It was just a sound that seemed lasting to us and we tried to do that. As far as the alt-country scene, I think it’s the kind of music that you can sit down and start playing yourself, and the more you play the better you get. And I think that’s what attracts people to it. is streaming the new Arcade Fire documentary, Miroir Noir, for a week.

Gibson lists 5 "rockers who can also write a mean book."

The Guardian's books blog ponders the futire of Latin literature after Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

One of my favorite April Fool's posts was The 9513's list of songs about fools.

I didn't prank April 1st, but did re-read one of my favorite short stories, Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Gimpel the Fool."

The Irish Times lists the 50 best Irish music acts right now.

The Drowned in Sound community answers the question: Which 5 British records would you give to Barack Obama?

On sale at Amazon MP3: Neko Case's 13-track (includes a bonus track) Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

NPR's Books We Like excerpts from Gail Hereven's novel, The Confessions of Noa Weber.

Daytrotter's Friday session features in-studio mp3s from the Swim.

Southern Shelter is sharing mp3s of a rare treat: a Booker T. Jones/Drive-By Truckers concert.

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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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