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July 29, 2009

Shorties (The Mountain Goats, William T. Vollmann, and more)

Pitchfork has information on the new Mountain Goats album, The Life of the World to Come, due October 6th, and shares the album track "Genesis 3:23."

The New York Times profiles author William T. Vollmann.

Mr. Vollmann’s editors urged him to cut, he said, and he resisted: “We always go round and round. They want me to cut, and I argue, so they cut my royalties, and I agree never to write a long book again.” He acknowledged that the length of “Imperial” might cost him readers but said: “I don’t care. It seems like the important thing in life is pleasing ourselves. The world doesn’t owe me a living, and if the world doesn’t want to buy my books, that’s my problem.”

Decider Milwaukee lists 5 great Townes Van Zandt covers.

Time Out Chicago profiles Baby Teeth (and takes the band to karaoke).

Juggernauts Brew kicks off its series on the state of independent music.

Comics Alliance lists the best video game moments in the Scott Pilgrim comics.

The New Yorker features a new short story, "The Valetudinarian," by Joshua Ferris. collects music by geographical area into streaming mixtapes.

Time offers a brief history of hipsters.

Share your mp3 mix at

Business Week examines the future of the iPod.

Captains Dead shares an mp3 collection of Cat Power BBC performances.

NPR listeners pick the 100 best beach books ever.

BBC News weighs in on the 2009 Booker Prize longlist.

Exclaim! interviews Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

Help Theory 8 Records make videos for its artists. A $25 donation gets you 8 CDs fro the label, a $50 donation nets you all 18 discs in its discography.

Every Writer's Resource lists the best online literary magazines.

Aught Music is reviewing the best music of the 2000's, one album at a time.

Inspired by Paste's list, Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson lists her top 10 R.E.M. songs.

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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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