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August 18, 2009

Shorties (Jay Reatard, Margaret Atwood, and more)

The Washington Post and The Quietus review the new Jay Reatard album, Watch Me Fall.

Paste interviews Reatard.


Margaret Atwood talks to the Toronto Star about her innovative book tour for her new novel, The Year of the Flood.

The hour-long performance will feature 14 hymns – one for each chapter – which Atwood wrote, to the music of L.A.-based composer Orville Stoeber.


Radiohead is giving away another new song, "These Are My Twisted Words."


Live Music Blog previews this year's Monolith Festival.


The Moment points out the Music Tee, an t-shirt that comes with a free album download.


Publishers Weekly interviews food critic and author Ruth Reichl.


The Dumbing of America interviews singer-songwriter Charlotte Hatherley.


IGN lists the top pirate songs.


Reading Copy Book Blog lists the top 10 book trilogies.


Preview the 8-bit tribute album to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue.


Stream Imogen Heap's new album, Ellipse on her website.


Flavorpill interviews Lev Grossman about his new novel, The Magicians.

FP: Junot Diaz called your hero a “slacker Park Slope Harry Potter.” Do you think Quentin would get along with Harry?

LG: You know, as much as I personally like both Quentin and Harry, I doubt they’d like each other very much. For all the tragedy he’s gone through Harry is, at heart, a winner. He’s popular. He’s handsome. He’s good at sports. Quentin isn’t. He’s more on the Snape end of things. I think of him as one of those introverted marginal characters who spends most of his time skulking around the Ravenclaw common room.


Publishers Weekly interviews comedian turned actor turned author Richard Belzer.


Round two of NPR's "Three-Minute Fiction" contest has begun.


RA lists the top 10 September music festivals worldwide.


The Guardian's music blog explains why record labels love the streaming music service Spotify.


Gorilla vs. Bear lists its favorite songs of the 2000s.


Win three Spy vs. Spy comics compilations in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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weekly music & DVD release lists

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