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April 26, 2009

Shorties (Blue Roses, St. Vincent, and more)

The Times Online and Observer offer positive reviews of Blue Roses' self-titled debut album.

The Observer profiles St. Vincent.

"I'm too middle class for grand archetypal personas and too inherently self-effacing." She mimes theatrical diva-like actions. "For me calling it St Vincent, it's a subtle thing, a psychic thing, it gave me room to be able to make a space for what I was doing. Annie Clark will go and do the laundry but I felt like I could do anything I wanted if I gave it another name."

The Los Angeles Times examines the resurgence of vinyl music sales.

The Austin American-Statesman's The Reader blog lists its 101 albums that changed popular music in a list that complement's Chris Smith’s book 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music.

Song, by Toad recounts an informal meeting between several music bloggers and Sony executives.

Athens Soundies features "one take, low-fi, live sound music videos" from indie bands.

Drowned in Sound creates the ultimate shoegaze mixtape.

The Guardian reminisces about the life of author J.G. Ballard with his partner, Claire Walsh.

The A.V. Club lists songs that make you cry.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane.

NPR shares SXSW video of Micachu.

This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away the 3-disc deluxe edition of Bob Dylan's new album, Together Through Life, along with two of my favorite Dylan books, his autobiography Chronicles, Volume 1 and The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.

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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