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May 14, 2009

Shorties (Jarvis Cocker, Graham Coxon, and more)

In the Guardian, Jarvis Cocker (with help from his children) reviews the week's new singles.

As another part of his week's takeover of Guardian Music, Cocker commissioned a poem from David Peace.

Alesha Dixon – Let's Get Excited

One of the advantages of being out of the country a lot is that you don't find yourself getting gummed-up with this kind of stuff. I assume she won some kind of competition. Maybe it was a competition to support Enrique Iglesias at the O2, 'cos I saw her name on a poster for that. I'm sure they'll have a great time together. Anyway, I've just realised that she was responsible for The Boy Does Nothing; I did hear that – Jesus Christ, that was bad. Albert gave it 29 out of 10, Otto thought it was "really good": The Dad Knows Nothing.

Graham Coxon talks to News of the World about the Blur reunion.

Festivalwise lists the best album covers of 2009 (so far).

The Pop Cop interviews Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian.

The Quietus critically reconsiders the music of Sisters of Mercy.

Almost 30 years since their first release, The Sisters of Mercy continue to polarize opinion like few other bands. Though the b(r)and has long since crossed over from characters to caricatures in the eyes of the wider listening public, time has served to obscure just how contrary, single-minded and needed they once really were.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s from Monday's Vivian Girls Bowery Ballroom performance.

The Futurist features mp3s from the Dears' recent WOXY Lounge Act in-studio session.

The Calgary Herald profiles singer-songwriter Patrick Watson.

Seattlest interviews Loney Dear's Emil Svanangen.

Many have compared your sound to a number of critically-acclaimed artists including the Flaming Lips, Grandaddy, and Sigur Ros, to name a few. Which comparisons do you feel are on target and/or flattering, and which are less so?

Flaming Lips, I love what they are doing. I don’t feel any connection at all. I almost wish there was a connection, but I don’t feel it. Grandaddy is not a band I know about really. And for Sigur Ros, that’s amazing music. It’s very flattering to be compared to that music. They sort of want to build up that world that I’m working on trying to build as well. That’s a nice thing I would say. I always like when people compare to bands I didn’t know. That’s on target for me, that’s nice. It means I’m doing something special.

The Washington Post's Post Rock blog interviews Thermals frontman Hutch Harris.

So your records have gotten progressively "better" sounding, in terms of recording fidelity. And I guess the timing is a little weird because there's so much stuff these days that sounds like what you guys sounded like when those first records came out. Is it weird for you to see this lo-fi explosion happen as you've moved further away from that sound?

I guess so. It wasn't anything original when we did it. We were thinking it was just a throwback to the '90s. Especially because we were on Sub Pop, we were comparing ourselves to Sebadoh, Eric's Trip and Guided By Voices. So I guess our lo-fi years were just stuck between the last time it was trendy and now, when it's popular again.

PopCrunch lists the most disturbing books of all time.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Cary Brothers' 12-track Who Are You album for only $1.99.

Daytrotter shares mp3s from Generationals' in-studio SXSW session.

IGN ranks Green Day albums fro worst to best.

Wilco is streaming its self-titled forthcoming album in its entirety on the band's website.

Southern Shelter shares mp3s of All the Saints' 2008 New Year's Eve performance,

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: three music biographies.

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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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