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July 20, 2009

Shorties (Jack White, Joy Division, and more)

The Wall Street Journal profiles Jack White, the business mogul.

The Quietus examines the right way to remember Joy Division.

There are other things we must not forget. We must not forget Peter Hook's basslines, and how they fuelled the menace of Joy Division's music. We must not forget how Joy Division created a new British gothic – a term that should be rehabilitated rather than reviled – by sweeping the Northern spirit of foreboding away from the moors of Yorkshire, towards the dying landscapes of Lancashire. The strange, spindly man with the piercing eyes who made that mindset matter again could have come from a novel fully formed, after all. He also knew, as well as Emily Bronte, that "terror makes us cruel", that "proud people breed sad sorrows", and that the land revealed an "existence of yours beyond you". He knew what shadows meant to the world, and to its humans, and how to translate and transport them.

The Quietus interviews Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray and The Knife.

The Chicago Sun-Times wraps up its coverage of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

The Cult interviews author Stephen Elliott about his new memoir, The Adderall Diaries.

The Hartford Courant It's Alive blog lists the best songs about the moon.

Cafe Babel interviews Warp Records founder Steve Veckett.

The A.V. Club lists 21 cartoonists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse).

The Free Music Archive now contains 10,656 free and legal mp3 downloads across a variety of music genres.

The A.V. Club interviews cartoonist Seth.

This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Jean Thompson.

RIP, author Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes.

Amazon lists the best hidden gems of 2009 in books (so far).

The Observer lists the 50 albums that changed music.

Amazon lists the best fiction of the year so far, and includes novels by Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors John Wray and Ron Currie, Jr.

Win 8 t-shirts (including 3 from Threadless) 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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