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May 21, 2009

Shorties (Patrick Wolf, Ursula K Le Guin, and more)

Patrick Wolf is streaming his new album, The Bachelor, at MySpace.

The Guardian's books blog examines the influence of Ursula K Le Guin on today's literary fiction writers.

ABC News' Amplified blog is streaming the new Viva Voce album, Rose City, in its entirety.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel profiles Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis.

According to the Telegraph, University of St. Andrews professor compares Morrissey to the greats in literature.

The academic argues that Morrissey is the greatest lyricist in the history of British popular music, and compares him to literary luminaries such as Samuel Beckett, Philip Larkin, John Betjeman and Oscar Wilde.

The Guardian has news of the Blur "comeback compilation" CD, Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur.

As a reunited Blur prepare for a string of comeback concerts, the band have also brought together 25 of their favourite Blur songs, to reunite on a, er, CD. Midlife: A Beginner's Guide to Blur will be released on 15 June, a fortnight before their first comeback gig.

ipickmynose interviews John Vanderslice, then takes a stroll through his garden with him.

See also interviews Vanderslice.

Album covers recreated with MS Paint.

Seattlest and the Denver Westword interview singer-songwriter Kevin Devine.

Express Night Out profiles singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs.

If any indie musician has a reason to dance these days, it's Youngs. After playing in high school bands and majoring in music in college, she put out a debut CD by herself and sold it on CD Baby like millions of other musicians. But a lot of people liked what they heard. And some of those people were in high places. They helped place "F*** Was I" on the Showtime comedy "Weeds," which kicked Youngs' career into high gear.

The Village Voice interviews St. Vincent">St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

What else inspires you?

I would say I'm as inspired by film and visual arts as I am by music; and sometimes more so. For example, [in my song] "Save Me From What I Want"--Jenny Holzer, the visual artist, wrote a really beautiful piece called "Protect Me From What I Want" and I was really inspired by her work. And "Black Rainbow" is the title of this really beautiful fireworks display where the fireworks all went off in the shape of a rainbow.

Rolling Stone also profiles St. Vincent.

Sounds Like: “You know when music is so elegant it sounds like the clouds are parting and feathers are falling from the sky?” Clark tells Rolling Stone. “I’d juxtapose that with something really gross.” For example, on the opening technicolor ballad “The Strangers,” Clark adds a high-hat that comes in just behind the beat to make the song sound seasick. Whether shredding on a guitar with a wall of feedback or letting her choirgirl voice carry the song, St. Vincent’s music is always seemingly on the verge of ecstasy or disintegration.

Identity Theory interviews author Yiyun Li.

At Drowned in Sound, Catherine AD interviews Tori Amos.

Holy Moly! and the Associated Press also interview Amos.

NPR is streaming Allen Toussaint's Wednesday evening live performance,

The Line of Best Fit interviews members of Grizzly Bear.

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: the new Alina Simone/Black Swan 7" single along with a Black Swans album and Alina Simone's complete back catalog.

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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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