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July 8, 2009

Shorties (Best Music of 2009 Lists, Jeff Tweedy, and more)

More "best of 2009 (so far)" music lists: (best R&B/soul albums)
Alterdestiny (best albums)
Art Nouveau Magazine (best albums)
Artrocker (favorite albums)
ChordStrike (best classical albums)
Drowned in Sound (songs of the year)
Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice (albums of the year)
NPR's All Songs Considered (top songs)
Popdose (albums)
Random Types (top albums)
Random Types (top songs)
Repetition (best albums)
Seattle Rock Guy (top albums)
A Slice of Fried Gold (top albums)
Snob's Music (best albums)
Sun on the Sand (top albums)
Twangville (best albums)
Uncle E's Musical Nightmares (best albums)
We Listen for You (top albums)">We Listen for You (overlooked albums)
We Listen for You (top albums)
You Set the Scene (best albums)

American Songwriter is counting down the top 20 Jeff Tweedy songs.

Crave Online interviews Brody Dalle of Spinnerette.

The Denver Post interviews Son Volt frontman Jay Farrar.

San Diego CityBeat offers suggestions for your next 4th of July playlist.

At Paper Cuts, author Laird Hunt creates a "living with music" music playlist.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Stellastarr*'s 10-track Civilized album for $3.99.

Spinner profiles singer-songwriter Larkin Grimm.

Like her life story, Grimm's music is just as unpredictable. Her 2008 album 'Parplar' draws on various musical styles such as folk, blues, Middle Eastern and Indian yet there is also an underlying influence of Appalachia. "I grew up with the Appalachian and bluegrass tradition," she says. "Most folk music is kind of the same. All of these things, to me, are related coming from this Appalachian music."

KTVU interviews singer-songwriter Rhett Miller of the Old 97s.

The Kansas City Star examines a local library's advertising campaign using literary-themed delivery trucks (Kafka's Pest Control, Captain Ahab's Fine Seafood, etc.).

The New York Press interviews Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs.

The New York Post's Popwrap blog lists 18 must-have songs of summer 2009.

The Pitch profiles So Many Dynamos.

The band is frequently — and derisively, at least in a recent Pitchfork Media review — compared with Washington, D.C., postpunk acts such as the Dismemberment Plan and Q and Not U, but the Dynamos' music is much more nuanced. Thanks to influences ranging from At the Drive-In to Yes (and including Broken Social Scene, Minus the Bear, Talking Heads and Weezer), Wars is faster, busier and more futuristic — and far more fluid.

WNYC's Soundcheck hosts a panel discussion (that features one of my favorite music bloggers, Maura Johnston of Idolator) about the future of the music magazine.

The Blog from Another World offers a 20 page PDF preview of Carol Tyler's amazing new graphic novel, You'll Never Know.

The Heavy visits The Current studio for an interview and in-studio performance.

McSweeney's is holding a summer garage sale with many of its books only $5.

IGN ranks the Beastie Boys albums from worst to best.

Fresh Air interviews Kate Walbert about her new novel, A Short History of Women.

Help me clean out my house and win 100 random CDs in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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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