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July 3, 2009

Shorties (Jeff Tweedy, Best Albums of 2009, and more)

In the New York Times magazine, David Carr profiles Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

After Mr. Tweedy formed Wilco, he found himself split between being the guy who worshiped rock music and the one on the stage. “I wish I was like David Lee Roth, that some part of it came naturally to me, but I have an inherent self-consciousness that I think is hard to transcend on some nights,” he said. “I have an observing ego on top of an ego that tends to take a lot of the fun out of things. At some point I was able to embrace and understand that I actually am on the other side of it as well. It seems like way more work to conceal an ego than to actually just come to terms with it.”

Drowned in Sound lists the top 20 independent albums of the year so far.

Metro Edmonton lists 5 great albums of 2009.

On the Record lists the 25 best albums of 2009 so far,

In the Toronto Star, author and musician Dave Bidini lists the best sorts books for summer cottage reading, and reminds me to pick up a copy of Donald Hall's Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball.

24 Hours Vancouver asks local celebrities about their summer reading of the past, present, and future.

69 Love Songs, Illustrated is still creating comics fir each song of the Magnetic Fields' classic album.

NPR's All Things Considered profiles the social networking site built around reading

A Geekymomma's Blog offers suggestionns to find free books, book summaries and book reviews online.

Bookride is a blog dedicated to rare books.

Jason Lytle visits The Current studios for an interview and live performance.

Enter the latest Largehearted Boy contest and win 75 CDs.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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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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