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June 19, 2009

Shorties (Regina Spektor, Animal Collective, and more)

NPR is streaming Regina Spektor's new album, Far, in its entirety.

The A.V. Club interviews members of Animal Collective.

AVC: There’s been a steady increase in awareness and appreciation of this band with every release since Sung Tongs, at least. But this time, it was really exponential—way more of an increase in attention than with Strawberry Jam. Can you attribute that to anything?

Noah Lennox: I think maybe that there’s really heavy rhythms on this record, and the singing is more prominent than it has been on the past couple. I feel like really mainstream pop music these days is focused on bass and heavy rhythms and stuff like that, so maybe this record fit into that mold a little more, and that’s why. I also feel like there’s not a lot of super-abrasive sounds on the record. Everything is sort of put in a place where it’s fairly easy to swallow.

Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include mp3s of performances by the Del McCoury Band and moe., WAVs of the Girl Talk show, and bittorrent downloads of lossless shows by Coheed and Cambria, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Snoop Dogg, and Charlie Allen.

A.V. Club contributors list their favorite album of 2009 (so far).

Decider DC interviews Josh Malerman of The High Strung.

Paste profiles the Avett Brothers.

The Las Vegas Sun interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

The A.V. Club lists entry points into the canon of Stephen King.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency is holding a contest in search if new columnists.

The Columbian profiles Deer Tick.

The Wichita Eagle recommends books for Father's Day.

The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood and his new solo album, Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs(.

Hood, 44, decided to have a conversation with his younger self and began writing new songs designed to act as a counterpoint, the happy Patterson talking to bitter Hood. The result was "Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)," a solo album made with a cast of family and friends he dubbed The Screwtopians. It was largely recorded in 2004 with DBT producer David Barbe but finished much later since the solo project took a backseat to the band.

NPR's Morning Edition interviews Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants (a wonderful Father's Day gift for a dad who enjoys gardening and/or botany).

At NPR's Morning Edition, Nancy Pearl offers summer reading suggestions, including Matthew Quick's formidable debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook.

Read Quick's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the novel.

The Guardian interviews Kraftwerk's Ralf Hutter.

NPR is streaming last night's Metric performance.

The Houston Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter Scott Miller.

The Guardian lists the shortlists for the adult and children's independent booksellers book of the year, which will be decided by bookshop customers.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune interviews Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy.

Guardian music blog readers recommend songs about joblessness.

Newsweek interviews Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

What music do you listen to that might shock your fans?

I saw Sufjan Stevens last year, and I was like, how is his singing that good? The band Grizzly Bear, I think they're excellent. There's a beauty and a musicality there that I wish would have been in vogue in the late '80s, when I was forming bands. The aesthetic I was tuned into was a more dumbed-down kind of thing. Sometimes listening to stuff like they're doing makes me feel irrelevant. That's a nice, healthy kick in the ass. And it's interesting to see there's room for that in what's considered hip these days.

IGN lists its "favorite funny bands."

NPR shares a streaming summer mixtape.

NPR's All Things Considered shares three enthralling books about dads.

Today is the last day to enter and win David Wellington's 4 vampire novels in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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