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April 27, 2009

Shorties (Leonard Cohen, Metric, and more) is streaming Leonard Cohen's live concert DVD, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

At Drowned in Sound, Metric's Emily Haines dissects the band's new album, Fantasies, track-by-track.

The New Yorker features a new short story by Gail Hareven.

DOA interviews singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek.

Metro interviews peter Sarsgaard about the film adaptation of Michael Chabon's novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Q: This was adapted from Michael Chabon’s debut novel. Did you read it before you got on set?

A: No. I asked the director if [reading the original work] would be helpful. I asked the writer if it would be helpful. It had been changed so much from the novel that I could lose track of what is what. I wanted to be true to the screenplay. [Chabon] came to set twice. He seemed very pleased.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Ben Lee.

ZDNet compares music download services.

Newsarama interviews comics legend Alan Moore.

LaundroMatinee features in-studio video & mp3s from singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin.

This week Five Chapters is serializing new short fiction by Elise Blackwell.

Thunk interviews Bookslut's Jessa Crispin.

The Independent profiles the probable new British poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

Her popularity has grown on the back of her becoming a stalwart if occasionally controversial feature of the school curriculum. Last year she found herself at the centre of a censorship row after her poem Education For Leisure, which examines a young boy's fascination with street crime, was dropped by an exam body. She narrowly missed out to Motion when he was appointed Laureate in 1999 because the then Prime Minister Tony Blair felt her sexuality would prove unacceptable to Middle England. She was said to have been left deeply bruised and declared herself "out of the picture" for any future contest, later excoriating the idea of writing a poem for Prince Edward and his bride Sophie, the creation of verse to mark royal nuptials being part of a Laureate's work.

If you missed this year's Camden Crawl, Londonist has compiled 350MB of free and legal mp3 downloads from the participating bands.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from singer-songwriter Ryland Bouchard.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of all three sets by The Dead from their April 24th Nassau Coliseum performance.

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.

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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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