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April 10, 2009

Shorties (Robyn Hitchcock, Bat for Lashes, and more)

The Philadelphia Daily News interviews Robyn Hitchcock.

Q: How do you feel about having a lot of your catalog out in box sets now?

Hitchcock: I'm especially glad that it's available on vinyl. I finally found it in one of America's surviving record stores. I'm glad because I don't know how long digital will last as a medium.

I can't see Martians going through a pyramid or anthropologists going through an abandoned attic in a thousand years and finding a CD and being able to play it. But if it's etched on an LP, they'll find a way to play it, even if it's backwards. Celluloid decays, tape crumbles, and I'm told CDs don't last, though I have one that still plays after 20 years. But I think eternity is in the groove.


The Birmingham Mail interviews Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan.


Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys talks about the band's new album, Dark Days / Light Years, with the South Wales Echo.

“The last few albums have been very song-based in quite a conventional way and on this album we fancied a change. We definitely used more electronic stuff and then threw a few big rock songs in there too because they kept the energy level up.”


Swan Lake's Carey Mercer talks to ChartAttack about being labeled a "literary band."

"When I hear the term 'literary band,' I roll my eyes," he says. "It's such a funny thing because the beast always beats the brain when it comes to music. Music's more about the visceral response as opposed to beard-scratching.


T-shirt of the day: "Bill Gates Mug Shot"


At Blogs.com author and blogger Mark Sarvas lists the top 10 "really really smart literary blogs."


At Amazon MP3: Madeleine Peyroux's 10-track Bare Bones and Bell X1's 10-track Blue Lights on the Runway on sale for $5.


RIP Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons.


NPR's All Things Considered shares a relaxing music playlist for tax season.


The Futurist continues to post mp3s from WOXY's SXSW sessions, including sets by Asobi Seksu, the Post War Years, the Antlers, the Future of the Left, We Have Band, the Love Language, Bear Hands,


Metric's Emily Haines talks to Dose about the band's new album, Fantasies (out April 14th).


The Times Online profiles singer-songwriter-actor Will Oldham.


Drowned in Sound lists their forty favourite songs from the first quarter of 2009.


At NPR's All Things Considered, Charles Bock recommends Castle Freeman Jr.'s novel Go With Me.

One of the real charming things about this book is how funny it is, full of dark, sly humor. The running commentary provided by the cronies in the chair factory is, by turns, deadpan and infuriating and hilarious. The cronies act as a Greek chorus, helping to fill in histories of the town.


NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by Neko Case and Okkervil River's Will Sheff.


Today is the last day to enter the latest Largehearted Boy giveaway and win three zombie novels., including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Matthew Stearns & Jane Austen.


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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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