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August 13, 2009

Shorties (Decemberists, David Foster Wallace, and more)

Chris Funk of the Decemberists talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the band's evolving sound.

"I think we've just become more confident as a band. The more you work at it and the longer you stay with it, you progress one way or another, for better or worse," says guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk. "We're all game to take chances. I think we've become better musicians, too, and more complete in how we make records and how sonically we sound."

The Telegraph remembers the career of author David Foster Wallace.

In a Toronto Star interview, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino states that once he is finished making movies (at age 60), he will write novels.

Former president Bill Clinton shares his recent reading list with Jacket Copy.

Stereogum features an mp3 of another new Radiohead song, "These Are My Twisted Words."

Drowned in Sound interviews the members of the Sian Alice Group.

CNN remember Woodstock, 40 years after the event, and the New York Times examines the festival's legacy effect on the town of the same name.

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Some free world music sampler albums at Amazon MP3:

Anana Presents: Music From Israel
Atracao Presents: Music From Brazil
Cat Music Presents: Music From Romania
Putumayo Digital Sampler
Turkish Hits, Vol. 1

Pop Candy and the AOL Radio blog list the worst album covers of 2009 (so far).

The Believer interviews Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

THE BELIEVER: In some ways, the way Internet singles work is close to the way things used to be with the music industry in the ’50s, before full-lengths were the thing, and radio singles were what defined artists.

THOM YORKE: Right, and if you forget about the money issue for just a minute, if it’s possible to do that—because these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about—and you look at it in terms of the most amazing broadcasting network ever built, then it’s completely different. In some ways, that’s the best way of looking at it. I mean, I don’t spend my f**king life downloading free MP3s, because I hate the websites. No one seems to know what they’re talking about. I’d much rather go to sites like Boomkat, where people know what they’re talking about.

At Waterstone's website, author Kate Atkinson lists the books that helped shape her writing.

Luxury Wafers interviews Oliver Ackermann of A Place to Bury Strangers.

Read an excerpt from Laird Hunt's new novel, Ray of the Star.

NHPR's Word of Mouth interviews author Joshua Henkin about reaching out to book clubs.

Henkin will drive up to two hours, one-way, to discuss his novel at your home with your book club. Between visits and phone-ins, he’s led discussions with more than 175 groups

Free at Amazon MP3: the 9-track world music Four Quarters - 20/20 World Vision sampler album.

CBC News examines the trend of literary fiction authors turning to noir mysteries.

At NPR's Morning Edition, author Lesley Blume lists must-read children's books.

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.

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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