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April 18, 2009

Shorties (Michael Kimball, Ida Maria, and more)

At 3:AM, author Michael Kimball lists his top 5 novels you may not have heard about.

Read KImball's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for his novel, Dear Everybody (just out in paperback).

Decider Los Angeles interviews Ida Maria.

D: Your music has a charming but alarming sense of sadness. Is this your style of songwriting, or is this the real Ida Maria?

IM: I think my music reflects me, and I don’t have so much imagination, so I really just write stuff that I know and stuff that I experienced. I’m a very up-and-down person, I guess, almost like manic-depressive.

Viva Les Bootlegs shares mp3s of classic rock shows.

Newsarama interviews Nate Powell, who wrote one of my favorite graphic novels of 2009, Swallow Me Whole.

The Wall Street Journal profiles Gomez.

Gomez doesn't play Latin music. It's an indie rock band with folk, blues and a bit of country in the mix -- sort of a beefier, up-to-the-minute take on what was done by Pentangle in Britain and the Byrds here some four decades ago. The band features three lead singers with distinctive voices.

Queensland's Courier-Mail lists its top 150 songs of all time.

The Washington City Paper interviews Brendan Canty and Christoph Green, producers of the Wilco live documentary, Ashes of American Flags.

WCP: In the movie the concert footage is broken up travel montages and interview segments, it’s not just a straight concert film. Why did you make that decision?

Green: Basically we just wanted, the idea was that if you shoot a single concert it’s never going to be very involved. We wanted to do something on being an American band. I was very influenced that Sigur Ros film Heima, it kind of shows what it means to be an Icelandic band. We wanted to show what it’s like being an American band and it’s hard to imagine a more Americana band than Wilco.

The Petaluma Press Democrat profiles singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart.

SPIN lists America's 15 best indie record stores.

AT&T is streaming live video from the Coachella music festival today and tomorrow.

The New York Times reviews Charlotte Roche's controversial novel Wetlands.

Amazon MP3 is selling David Bowie's classic 10-track Heroes album for only $1.99.

LaundroMatinee shares in-studio mp3s and videos by De Novo Dahl.

The Cold War Kids visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Miniature Tigers.

Record Store Day is today! Entertainment Weekly lists exclusive releases and interesting in-store releases across the country. Paste lists 10 reasons to visit an indie record store today.

At NPR's Books We Like, Maud Newton reviews Will Elliott's novel, The Pilo Family Circus.

The force of the story is almost entirely psychological. The Pilo Family Circus invites the reader to consider where anyone, when pressured — and given the power — to do great evil would draw lines. At night, when JJ takes off his face paint, Jamie weeps as he remembers everything his darker twin has done. Luckily, he is paid for his work in strange white powder that helps him forget, for a time. Still, the incompatibility between the two selves continues to mount. In the circus, as in life, it is not clear until the end which side of his character will prevail.

Read Elliott's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

Jamie Radford is streaming his new album, which he recorded under the moniker of Dino and Bird.

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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