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August 12, 2009

Shorties (Vinyl Record Day, The Verve, and more)

Today is Vinyl Record Day.

The Guardian reports that The Verve have split up (for the third time).

The Fiery Furnaces create visual art at BlackBook.

“It’s not like we’ve made some big sculpture of a turkey, a pornographic color book and then a sound sculpture,” says Matt. “We’re not those sorts of artists. We work in one given genre, and explore the conventions of that. So, we thought, if we were going to do a visual thing, it had to be directly related to our music.” To that end, they set their sights on making “a roadmap” to I’m Going Away, which was recorded throughout New York, from a friend’s basement to Eleanor’s living room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, bypassing the expense and limitations of the traditional studio experience.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog lists the 10 least imp[impressive supergroups.

The Times Picayune lists social networking and book cataloging websites for book lovers.

Paste interviews Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift.

PopMatters recaps its 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival experience.

Mountain Xpress profiles Asheville's indie record store Harvest Records.

Harvest is like a tiny entertainment conglomerate, a mark of quality behind which one cool endeavor helps reinforce the cultural import and media visibility of the others. It's a big reason why Schnable and Capon succeed in these desperate times. "The money from the store doesn't go into our pockets," Schnable says. "It keeps the art openings alive. It keeps shows coming to town. Someone spends a dollar at our shop, and it's going to come back to him in some kind of culturally viable way."

The New York Times excerpts from David Mazzucchelli's amazing graphic novel, Asterios Polyp.

At NPR Music, The Swell Season plays a tint desk concert.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Mindy Smith's new 13-track Stupid Love album for $3.99.

NPR is streaming Joe Henry's new album, Blood from Stars, in its entirety.

Two best albums of 2009 (so far) lists from Metal Sucks: Vince's and Axl's.

Cage the Elephant visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

NPR profiles rapper turned minister Kurtis Blow.

This week's No Love for Ned streaming radio program features an in-studio performance by Australia's Royalchord.

At Drowned in Sound, Orvar Poreyjarson Smarason of Mum creates a mixtape of "songs to drown in a lake to."

The Washington Post profiles book sharing website BookCrossing and several of its users.

CNN profiles Islamic punk bands in the U.S.

Rhapsody is streaming the new Cave Singers album, Welcome Joy, in its entirety.

At NPR's All Things Considered, Lev Grossman discusses his new novel, The Magicians.

Win two of the year's best graphic novels (Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao and George Sprott by Seth) 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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