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July 10, 2009

Shorties (Nick Cave's New Novel, Radiohead, and more)

Nick Cave's new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro (released September 1, 2009) has a website.

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: Radiohead's 11-track 2003 album, Amnesiac.

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

Drowned in Sound (singles of the year)
Drowned in Sound community (overlooked albums)
Music Mule (top albums)
Surfing on Steam (favorite albums)

The Washington Times explores the recent phenomenon of authors responding to critics' reviews online.

The Boston Globe interviews Jeff Tweedy about the new Wilco album.

Q. Counting the live release and the “Mermaid Avenue’’ albums you did with Billy Bragg, this is Wilco’s 10th record. It’s been almost 15 years since the first. Has that time gone by quickly for you?

A. I’ve been making records for almost 20 years, and I feel pretty good that I’m as enthusiastic and maybe even more so than I’ve ever been. And I don’t feel like an old-timer, but I certainly feel experienced. (Laughs.) I think there’s a lot to be said for experience.

The Daily Beast examines the "book-club hustlers," authors who visit book clubs by phone, live video, or in person.

Bazillion Points Books is a publisher specializing in heavy metal books.

Drowned in Sound interviews Dan Bitney of Tortoise.

Flavorwire interviews McSweeney's managing editor Eli Horowitz.

The Brooklyn Rail profiles singer-songwriter Chris Garneau.

Garneau is as much a latter-day Freddie Mercury or Danny Elfman as he is an acolyte of Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, both oft-cited influences. Garneau is first and foremost a composer, and a virtuosic one at that, although he’s quick to point out that he only lays the groundwork for his songs. A classically trained pianist and singer, Garneau writes the lyrics and basic melodies for each of his compositions, but it’s in the buildup to recording that most of the tracks develop their final, distinctive anatomy.

Architects Journal lists the top 10 comic book cities.

Sound Opinions has St. Vincent in the studio today for an interview and streaming performance.

NPR Music shares some of the best Michael Jackson cover songs.

Today is the last day to enter and win 100 random CDs in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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