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April 23, 2009

Shorties (The Monks, Jeffrey Brown, and more)

The Telegraph's pop CD of the week is the reissue of The Monks' Black Monk Time.

Listening to it now, finally, in full, remastered glory, it's hard to imagine how this primitive and often nightmarish music could have been allowed to be made at that particular time and place. "Why do you kill all those kids over there in Vietnam?" shrieks the singer, Gary Burger, on the opening Monk Time – this, from an ex-GI.

Newsarama interviews Jeffrey Brown about his graphic memoir, Funny Misshapen Body.

NRAMA: This sort of represents the wrap-around material for Clumsy and Unlikely, occurring before and after the events of those books. Why did you want to structure about your previous works?

JB: I think I wanted to write something about becoming and being an artist, and when I drew Clumsy is the moment where everything clicked for me, and I felt like I was finally making art that expressed something meaningful and was working in a way that made aesthetic sense for me.

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

The Guardian reports that Matador Records is postponing reissues by Mogwai, Yo La Tengo and Cat Power because the masters are missing.

New Times SLO interviews singer-songwriter Marianne Dissard.

New Times What about Calexico and Joey Burns’ songs made you think he’d be the perfect match for your lyrics?

Marianne Dissard I think it was the opposite way. Joey came to get me, said, ‘You’ve got to do an album.’ In the past, he called me when he needed someone to come to the studio to do a French voice. I wasn’t confident enough to allow myself that I could be a singer and get up, but when Joey sees potential, if he tells you to get up there and sing, you have to get up there and do it. I knew it was going to be a good fit because we’ve been friends for a long time and share a love for similar types of music.

The Quietus reviews the new Sonic Youth album, The Eternal, track by track.

The Best Week Ever blog lists the worst guitar solos of all time.

The Chicago Reader and Mobile Press-Register review the new Wilco live DVD, Ashes of American Flags.

In the Wall Street Journal, Roy Blount, Jr., lists his favorite books of Southern humor.

BookArmy is a social network built around books.

Aquarium Drunkard interviews former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle.

Ruth Reichl talks to NPR's All Things Considered about her new memoir, Not Becoming My Mother.

Some bargains at Amazon MP3:

Great Lake Swimmers' 11-track Lost Channels album: $2.99
Radiohead's 12-track The Bends album: $4.99

The Houston Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter Jason Isbell about his love for pool.

Drowned in Sound interviews the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Wired's Epicenter blog lists the best ways to discover music through Twitter.

Billboard reports that the Pixies' studio albums will be released in two box sets this June.

NPR's All Things Considered shares a eulogy for the boombox.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Wild Light.

Chairlift visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away two Wilco DVDs: the new Ashes of American Flags & I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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