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May 15, 2009

Shorties (Passion Pit, Haruki Murakami, and more)

Passion Pit is streaming its new album, Manners on MySpace.

According to /Film, Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood is being adapted to film.

Community Servings is auctioning 2 VIP tickets to Bonnaroo for a good cause.

At Drowned in Sound, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek examines the band's recently re-released Does You Inspire You track-by-track.

The Irish Independent interviews Tori Amos.

You've described your new album, Abnormally Attracted to Sin as 'audio mescaline'. It's certainly a change from your last record, American Doll Posse, which was an old-fashioned, pedal-to-the-floor rocker in places.

We're in a different world from where we were with the last album. When I was making American Doll Posse we were still in the Bush regime. I started Abnormally Attracted to Sin on the road, before Obama had really even taken hold. There was an excitement for change in the air. And then, at the end of last year, everything crashed. There seemed to be a state of paralysis. Songs have been coming out of how to survive these turbulent times.

The Guardian's books podcast interviews critic Elaine Showalter about her book, A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx.

Metro Toronto talks to Toronto Blue Jays players about the music played when they enter the batting box.

PopMatters interviews the filmmakers behind the David Berman documentary Silver Jew.

Drowned in Sound interviews Graham Coxon about his new solo album and the Blur reunion.

The Chicago Sun-Times interviews Peaches about her new album, I Feel Cream.

Q. Let's start with making the new record: What was your goal with this one?

A. I decided to make a dance record, and I didn't want to use any guitars. I've always been part of the dance scene sort of by default: When I started with "Teaches of Peaches," it was like mixing indie-punk music together with electro-beats, which was strange and seemed to work for people. Now it's sort of standard. But I did a lot of remixing and a lot of DJ'ing last year, and my world was much more in the clubs, whereas I grew up with rock and classic rock and'80s pop.

The Los Angeles Times' The Movable Buffet blog lists songs about Las Vegas.

BlackBook interviews Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields about his off-Broadway adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.

NPR is streaming the Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse collaborative album, Dark Night of the Soul, in its entirety.

NPR's All Things Considered interviews Steve Earle about his new Townes Van Zandt covers album, Townes.

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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