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September 3, 2009

Shorties (Flaming Lips, Best Southern Nonfiction, and more)

Paste interviews Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.

The Oxford American lists the best Southern nonfiction of all time.

NME reports that Jack White and Keith Richards are recording a couple of tracks together.

Paste lists the best voices in indie rock.

The Georgia Straight profiles the English band Band of Skulls.

What might be most impressive about Baby Darling, however, is that Band of Skulls does distortion-strafed blues every bit as lovingly as the White Stripes or the Black Keys. Check out the dual-vocal attack on the Mississippi-mud-splattered crasher “Light of the Morning” or the chugging, tension-drenched call-and-response wonder “I Know What I Am”. In fact, Band of Skulls sounds like it’s spent more time in the Mississippi Delta than have most of the American acts currently swimming in the wake of Jack White. is offering a free 22-track iTunes compilation featuring Crystal Castles, Florence & the Machine, Metric, the Thermals, and more acts.

PopMatters pitches its 20 questions to music legend Charlie Louvin.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Felix da Housecat's 16-track Virgo Blaktro & the Movie Disco album for $1.99

The Wrap examines the creative marketing ideas that keep indie bookstores and record stores viable.

NPR excerpts from William Knoedelseder's book of stand-up comic profiles, I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era.

A new book worth checking out: DIY Album Art: Paper Bags & Office Supplies. From the publisher:

In the early 1990s a renewed spirit of co-operation and do-it-yourself initiative took hold of the North American punk and hardcore scenes. The new DIY approach didn’t stop at booking your own tours and self-releasing records, now it involved putting together the very packaging for those records. Hand-gluing sleeves, silk-screening manila envelopes and raiding thrift stores for LP jackets that could be re-used became the norm.

The Chicago Tribune's Turn It Up blog previews fall's music releases.

Vue Weekly profiles singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston.

USA Today lists 25 fall books worth reading.

Decibel lists the top 10 manliest metal album covers.

School Library Journal recommends books about censorship (Banned Books Week starts September 26th).

E.L. Doctorow talks to the New York Times about his new novel, Homer & Langley.

At Infinite Summer, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy discusses reading David Foster Wallace's novel, Infinite Jest.

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