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July 1, 2009

Shorties (Alina Simone, Free Luaka Bop MP3 Sampler Album, and more)

One Small Thing is the new blog written by singer-songwriter-author Alina Simone.


Free at At Amazon MP3: the 12-track Luaka Bop - Orinoco Sampler.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3: Blur's 1999 13-track 13 album for only $1.99.


InfoWorld shares the history of the Sony Walkman on the music player's 30th birthday.


Newsarama interviews Glenn Eichler and Nick Bertozzi about their forthcoming graphic novel, Stuffed!.


The Telegraph reviews Chuck Palahniuk's new novel, Pygmy.

There is something exuberantly cartoonish about the constant violence, replete with its moments of onomatopoeic impact: “swish-zonk”, “jab-boom”, “rip-roar”. And the overall result is a rip-roaringly exciting piece of writing, a truly graphic novel.


Paste interviews Wilco members Nels Cline and John Stirratt.


The Other Paper profiles singer-songwriter Larry Jon Wilson, whose excellent (and critically neglected) self-titled album was released last week.

Wilson never cared much about being famous, either. He had a first-hand view of fame, and wasn’t impressed by its effect. “It’s a sad thing when stardom ruins people’s motivation. I’ve never had that problem. I cannot be yesterday’s papers, because I was never today’s papers,” he says, laughing. “So there’s an upside to that.”


The worst possible 33 1/3 book covers. (the inspiration)


Exclaim! interviews Cracker frontman Dave Lowery.


eMusic lists 2009's overlooked albums.


Drowned in Sound interviews Fever Ray's Karin Dreijer Anderssen.


Download mp3s of Blur's Glastonbury set.


NPR's Books We Like reviews and excerpts from one of my favorite short fiction collections of the year, Petina Gappah's Elegy for Easterly.


The New Yorker features a new short story by Lorrie Moore, "Childcare."


At Spread Persepolis two Iranian exiles have remixed Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis comics to reflect the current crisis in Iran.


Amazon MP3 has Moby's 16-track new album, Wait for Me, on sale for $3.99.


Enter the latest Largehearted Boy contest and win 75 CDs.


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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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