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April 3, 2009

Shorties (Doves, North Mississippi Allstars, and more)

The Irish Independent profiles Doves.

On Kingdom Of Rust, they make a courageous bid for old-fashioned stadium-proportioned grandeur. From its melodramatic title to its brooding guitars and atmosphere of oppressive melancholy, this is a record that practically gets down on its knees and pleas to be considered a Work of Serious Art. Nowt wrong with that (as these affable Mancs might say) -- particularly at a time when many younger acts' greatest ambition is a slavering write-up on Pitchfork and their picture in a Topshop window display.

Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars talks about his influences with the Raleigh News & Observer.

"The Replacements had a huge impact on us," Dickinson says. "When my dad worked with them [in 1986, recording "Pleased to Meet Me"], I was 13 and a huge fan. I remember being fascinated by [singer-songwriter] Paul Westerberg's song structure and how cool and young [bassist] Tommy Stinson was. And then there was [singer-songwriter] Mojo Nixon, who would come in and play with my brother. He would play until he broke a bass drum and then play until he broke a guitar string and then a bass string. He played with such intensity."

Bishop Allen's Justin Rice talks to the New York Daily News.

Rice sings with a faux innocence, affecting a style smart enough to seem ironic but never harsh enough to be sarcastic. "I'm drawn to things that aren't snarky," he says. "I enjoy a certain level of sincerity."

American Songwriter is counting down the 30 greatest Bob Dylan songs of all time.

Jason Hammel of Mates of State talks to the Boston Globe about touring with kids.

"Yeah, it's just like 'rock 'n' roll [and] baby food? What?' " says Hammell, laughing, as he recalls some of the media coverage, as if the two were somehow mutually, exotically exclusive. "In the press they pit those two things against each other. 'How can they do this? Are they square or are they crazy?' It's one or the other. It's hard to reconcile, and I think the jury's still out whether we're square or crazy or both."

Martlet profiles singer-songwriter Chad Vangaalen.

The Independent Weekly's Scan blog interviews the Avett Brothers.

PopMatters profiles Art Brut.

Like their art counterparts, Art Brut traffic in raw expression, in their case via the primal minimalism of lo-fi, three-chord punk rock. They also present themselves as innocent, bare-boned truth-tellers, far from the madding crowd of indie rock pseudo-poetics, oblivious to the pretensions of their peers, and obsessively concerned with the minutia of the everyday rather than with any global or philosophical ruminations.

The Telegraph explains how comics "became part of the literary establishment."

Drowned in Sound interviews the members of Australia's Tame Impala.

Amazon MP3 has much of Bob Dylan's back catalog on sale for $6.99, including Blonde on Blonde. is holding a "Radiohead Fanatic Fortnight," filled with giveaways, articles, and live video.

Leslie Morgan Steiner talks to NPR's All Things Considered abut her memoir, Crazy Love.

Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from Vandaveer.

io9 lists the most realistic military science fiction novels.

Blitzen Trapper joins the Sound Opinions podcast today for an interview and live performance.

Today is the last day to the latest Largehearted Boy giveaway and win six of Continuum's 33 1/3 books on seminal albums.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
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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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