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September 17, 2009

Shorties (Smashing Pumpkins, Douglas Coupland, and more)

The Guardian reports that the Smashing Pumpkins will release a free 44-track album (actually 11 4-song EPs) digitally.

The Georgia Straight profiles author Douglas Coupland.

Wired lists 5 online apps that tap the internet's infinite playlist.

Time interviews Nick Cave about his new novel, The Death of Bunny Munro.

Two reviews of graphic novels I definitely recommend:

PopMatters reviews Seth's George Sprott.
Four Colors reviews Gene Luen Yang's The Eternal Smile.

David Byrne talks to USA Today about his new book, Bicycle Diaries, and lists the most bicycle-friendly cities i the United States.

NPR is streaming the new Volcano Choir album, Unmap, in its entirety.

Word Riot reviews Ben Greenman's new novel, Please Step Back.

Listen to the novel's original theme song.

Spinner Canada lists the most absurdly overlooked Canadian Bands.

At The Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog Eileen Myles remembers Jim Carroll.

The Beastie Boys are streaming their remastered Hello Nasty album in its entirety (including the disc of bonus tracks).

Eye Weekly reviews Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, and lists 11 lessons to be learned from the independent record label's story.

Hipster Runoff offers an excerpt from Tao Lin's new novel, Shoplifting from American Apparel.

The Portland Mercury interviews Stephen Elliott about his memoir, The Adderall Diaries.

Read Elliott's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan talks to the Washington City Paper about the band's new album, Popular Songs.

In the Guardian, John Harris's amalgam of a column collects five classic rock haircuts, Paul Weller quotes, and an oral history of Status Quo.

Entertainment Weekly is streaming Drivin' N' Cryin's first new album in 12 years, Great American Bubble Factory (out September 26th).

The New Scientist's science fiction special issue is now online.

The Rumpus interviews Dan Chaon, author of the novel Await Your Reply.

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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