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July 9, 2009

Shorties (Spoon, Vladimir Nabokov, and more)

Decider Austin interviews Spoon frontman Britt Daniel.

The Guardian reports that Playboy has acquired serial rights to Vladimir Nabokov's unfinished novel, The Original of Laura.

Chicago Journal previews this year's Pitchfork Music Festival.

More "best music of 2009 (so far)" lists:

Animal Noises Music Blog (top albums)
Modern Fabulousity (best albums)
The Quietus (Kev Kharas) (best albums)
Rate Your Music (top albums)

A bittorrent of the Crystal Castles performance was added to the 2009 Bonnaroo show downloads page.

Decider Twin Cities interviews Mark Olson about the Jayhawks reunion.

Rhett Miller of the Old 97s talks to the Colorado Springs Independent.

"I've had to deal with [the alt-country tag] for so long, and obviously it's annoying in a lot of ways. It's reductive and it doesn't take into account all of our influences. But at the same time, it helped us coming up and gave people an 'in' so they could discover our band. So I can't hate it, but at the same time it gets old."

Contactmusic interviews Rab Allan from Glasvegas.

The Guardian's books blog examines authors' use of recurring characters in their works.

When authors reintroduce characters into later books, we don't just get to find out how they're doing. Their presence constitutes a clever communication between author and reader; our recognition of them and knowledge of their back story lends another dimension to the new book.

The List profiles St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

St Vincent’s smouldering lounge-pop, however, revels in atmospheric excess. An erstwhile affiliate of choral rock mob The Polyphonic Spree and former conscript of Sufjan Stevens’ backing flock, Clark’s entrancing solo art spans gentle electro, errant torch songs, spectral trip hop and ambient alt.rock. Her second solo album, Actor, was released in May this year, to rapture.

Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline talks to the Boston Herald about how he has helped change the band's sound.

“I think sonically things ramped up a little bit (when I joined),” Cline said. “I added a few more funny noises and some extra distortion to the sound. Live, some of those older songs might sound a little more hard rock. But I have to say that it’s important to remember that after (guitarist/keyboardist) Pat (Sansone) and I joined, Jeff got healthy.”

Amazon has dropped the price of its 6" Kindle to $299.

Slate examines the link between great crime fiction and Scandanavian authors.

FACT lists the 20 best UK techno albums.

The A.V. Club offers gateway books to introduce you to the witty fiction of P.G. Wodehouse.

Zak Sally is auctioning the original cover artwork for Low's The Great Destroyer album.

The Austin American-Statesman charts the career trajectory of Spoon.

Twelve and a half years ago, on the heels of the release of debut LP 'Telephono,' Spoon played to an audience of maybe 50. This time they're the hometown heroes, who've had a Top 10 album (2007's 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga') and appeared on 'Saturday Night Live,' as well as Leno, Letterman, Conan and the like.

The 2009 Polaris Music Prize shortlist has been named.

NPR is streaming Sonic Youth's Tuesday evening Washington performance.

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

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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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