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June 5, 2009

Shorties (Free Titus Andronicus Album, Robyn Hitchcock, and more)

Today only, Titus Andronicus is giving away its latest album, The Airing of Grievances , for free.

The Sundance Channel interviews Robyn Hitchcock.

Stream Jonathan Demme's Hitchcock concert film, Storefront Hitchcock, at Hulu.

Paste is streaming Alexi Murdoch's soundtrack to the film, Away We Go.

Guardian readers recommend songs about shopping.

Philadelphia Weekly finishes its interview with Dean Wareham.

A.V. Club contributors list their songs of summer.

Hypebot ponders the future of record labels.

The Seattle Times interviews Dan Boeckner of the Handsome Furs.

Time Out Chicago offers a podcast interview with singer-songwriter Anni Rossi.

Jens Lekman talks songwriting with the Georgia Straight.

The Art of Manliness lists the top 50 fictional adventure books.

The Wall Street Journal reviews Stephin Merritt's musical adaptation of Coraline.

For the stage version, Stephin Merritt, the brainy singer-songwriter whose band, the Magnetic Fields, has spawned a cult of its own, has written a self-assured score that is easily the best thing about the show. Mr. Merritt’s songs, which are terse, pointed and dramatically effective, are accompanied by an “orchestra” consisting of a pianist (the virtuosic Phyllis Chen) who plays a regular piano, a toy piano and a keyboard that has been “prepared” a la John Cage. The unearthly sounds emitted by the prepared piano accompany the scenes that take place in the alternate world of Coraline’s Other Mother, an evocative and superbly theatrical touch.

Comic Book Resources interviews illustrator Derek Kirk Kim and writer Gene Luen Yang about their new book, The Eternal Smile.

Jenny Lewis visits The Current studios for an interview and live performance.

NPR shares videos from the Decemberists' 2009 SXSW performance.

Enter this week's Largehearted Boy contest for a chance to win Osamu Tezuka's 8-volume Buddha graphic novel series.

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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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