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April 9, 2009

Shorties (Avett Brothers, Cloud Cult, and more)

The Winston-Salem Journal profiles the Avett Brothers.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Cloud Cult and the band's "organic rock mission."

"One of the ethical backbones of the band," says leader Craig Minowa, "is environmental ethics and if we can't perpetuate the business in an environmentally friendly manner then we got to re-address how we're running things. We add up the amount of CO2 emissions that we put out from our ground and air transportation and the energy we use on stage and hotel rooms, and we counter that by paying for an equivalent amount of energy being fed back into the grid with sustainable wind power, and we figure out how many trees we need to plant to absorb that much CO2, and we multiply that times four just to be on the safe side and we do that for each tour."

The Chicago Reader examines the growing synergy between advertisers and indie rock.

Soda companies and sportswear makers are still a small part of the music picture—but journalists aren’t writing story after story about the death of the soda and sportswear industries. Musicians who don’t want to go the DIY route may start to see being part of a corporate marketing campaign as a palatable alternative to dealing with whatever remains of the record business. Don’t be surprised if one of these days you discover a favorite new band through Adidas.

Thirsty interview former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle.

Willamette Week interviews ?uestlove of the Roots.

What will the music industry will look like in 10 years?

I think it’s just getting redefined. A lot of the bigger artists are doing these one-off deals with companies. I think that once the record label is dismantled—it looks like the record label is going by the way of the 8-track so probably in the next five to 10 years—companies will just start licensing artists on their own so you’ll see the Cool Kids strike up a three year deal with Mountain Dew, Asher Roth might strike up a deal with IHOP. I’m certain that most companies will use artists to draw their product. Music will be more ubiquitous. It’ll be like how you treat your electric or phone bill: It’ll be a service that you pay for, you’ll have unlimited usage of it. That’s where I see it going, I just need to figure out which side of the fence I want to be on.

PopMatters interviews Marianne Faithfull.

Eye Weekly profiles singer-songwriter Megan Hamilton.

Megan Hamilton’s voice is what trips people up. It’s not that her singing is harsh, tuneless or even terribly idiosyncratic — quite the contrary. The Torontonian singer-songwriter is possessed of a rich, resonant set of pipes. Her vocals are husky and malleable, a smoky, wood-fired alto with lovely undertones of rust, tequila and threadbare flannel. Depending on the song, Hamilton can muster anything from the elastic-band hiccup of Joanna Newsom to the sun-soaked drawl of Lucinda Williams, and that may be where the confusion lies.

The Sacramento News & Review profiles Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis. examines the videos of Radiohead through the years.

Amazon MP3 is selling Dr. Dog's 10-track Fate album for only 99 cents.

Slate profiles the middle-aged Morrissey.

Sandra Cisneros talks to NPR's Morning Edition about the 25th anniversary of her novel, The House on Mango Street.

Daytrotter has in-studio mp3s from Pattern Is Movement.

Goodreads interviews author Arthur Phillips.

Read Phillips' Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for his novel, The Song Is You.

LA Weekly profiles author Patrick deWitt.

Read deWitt's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for his novel, Ablutions.

Creative Loafing's Crib Notes blog interviews Jay Reatard.

Vetiver's Andy Cabic talks singwriting with Tucson Weekly.

"There's a general tenor of my songwriting that has stayed somewhat similar," Cabic says. "It's the mix of sweetness and melancholy, but there's been a shift in how the pop elements influence the songwriting. With the electric band arrangements, I've been getting closer to having the resources and ability to do what fits the songs."

KCRW's Bookworm interviews T.C. Boyle about his new novel, The Women.

Hot Metal Bridge's Spring 2009 issue is online, and includes interviews with authors John Wray and Charles Baxter.

SF Signal has writers list the "forgotten books" of science fiction and fantasy.

The finalists for 2009 Eisner awards for comics have been announced.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Loney, Dear.

Enter the latest Largehearted Boy giveaway and win three zombie novels., including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Matthew Stearns & Jane Austen.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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