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July 25, 2009

Shorties (Ingrid Michaelson, E. Lynn Harris, and more)

Newsweek interviews singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.

RIP, author E. Lynn Harris.

In the New York Times, Douglas Wolk reviews David Mazzucchelli's new graphic novel, Asterios Polyp.

“Asterios Polyp” is a dazzling, expertly constructed entertainment, even as it’s maddening and even suffocating at times. It demands that its audience wrestle with it, argue with it, reread and re-examine it. Isn’t that the ultimate purpose of style?

NPR's All Things Considered profiles Zee Avi.

Take one part Billie Holiday, two parts Doris Day, toss in a little island indie-pop and you get Zee Avi, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Malaysia, who's just released her eponymous debut album.

The Morning News posted an mp3 blogger roundtable (including input by me) five years after the original took place.

WXPN is streaming live music all weekend from its XPONential Music Festival. Featured artists include Aimee Mann and They Might Be Giants.

The Yewknee Summer Mix Series offers a variety of mix CD downloads.

Lifehacker lists several book-related projects.

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

BLEEP (best albums)
Spin (greatest albums)

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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