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April 30, 2009

Shorties (Shout Out Out Out Out, Jay McInerney, and more)

MBV is streaming the new Shout Out Out Out Out album, Reintegration Time, in its entirety.

The Chicago Tribune profiles author Jay McInerney.

McInerney is a funny mix of trendy and earnest. He outright laughs at a question about the writer's obligation to his readers, to tell them something about how to live. "Look," he says, "people pick up books for two reasons: entertainment and edification. I don't set out with a didactic purpose. At most, you hope to illuminate what it is to be human. Fiction distills, shapes, abstracts the flow of experience and sensation. All this time, I've been trying to have fun with the language and tell a story in a voice that was uniquely mine."

The L Magazine lists 8 NYC bands you need to hear in 2009.

The Guardian's books blog reports that Barack Obama is reading Joseph Oneill's novel Netherland, and asks what he should read next.

PBS's MediaShift blog lists 7 ways bands' websites can avoid making big SEO mistakes. lists 10 books to read before they are adapted into films.

Album Liner Notes transcribes album's liner notes into text. Check out The Fine Print, the site's blog.

Drowned in Sound interviews The Field's Axel Willner.

Spinner reports that Lilith Fair will return in 2010.

The Hipster Handbook lists hipster websites.

At NPR's Books We Like, Maud Newton reviews Frederick Barthelme's new novel, Waveland. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

Exclaim! interviews Eugene Kelly of the Vaselines.

MusicRadar interview Art Brut guitarist Jasper Future about the band's new album, Art Brut vs. Satan.

Hypetape is a mashup of the Hype Machine mp3 blog aggregator and Muxtape.

SFist interviews John Wray, author of the magnificent novel Lowboy.

Who are your biggest influences?

I had all sorts of influences while writing Lowboy, including (but by no means limited to) Raymond Chandler, Amos Tutuola, Shirley Hazzard, Haruki Murakami -- especially Underground, his nonfiction book about the Tokyo subway attacks -- and Steve Martin (as a comedian, though. Not -- repeat, not -- as a novelist).

Read Wray's Largehearted Boy music playlist for the book.

USA Today interviews author Ayelet Waldman about motherhood.

At Drowned in Sound, Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw offers a city guide to Toronto.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from The End of the World.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Grouper's 12-track Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.

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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