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October 22, 2009

Shorties (John Irving, REM, and more)

The New Statesman interviews author John Irving.

How do you start a novel?

With the last sentence. Every novel of mine began with a last sentence, and not even the punctuation in those 12 last sentences changed. The first couple of times that happened to me, I thought it was an oddity. I didn't recognise it as a habit, nor would I have labelled it a "process". But then I came to recognise that this is the way my mind works.

NPR is streaming in its entirety REM's new album, Live at the Olympia.

Free at Amazon MP3: the 16-track CMJ 2009: The Bands, The Music, The City, Vol. 3.

The New Statesman reviews The United States of McSweeney’s: Ten Years of Accidental Classics, edited by Nick Hornby and Eli Horowitz.

The Burlington Free Press interviews singer-songwriter Andrew Bird.

Clash Music reports that the Rakes will break up after their upcoming tour.

On Sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the 26 -track New Tales To Tell: A Tribute To Love And Rockets

The Guardian's books blog examines author Jack Kerouac's legacy.

NME reconsiders the Strokes' album, Is This It?

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Lorrie Moore.

Fast Forward Weekly lists songs that define the city of Calgary.

The Guardian looks ahead and lists the top 10 music festivals to try in 2010.

Beck's Gig Finder is an iPhone app that pulls nearby concert information from based on your location.

The Scotsman interviews Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season.

The New Zealand Herald News profiles singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole.

Wired's Underwire blog profiles Three Mile Pilot.

Merging sci-fi, horror, military manuals and vintage videogame Star Control, Three Mile Pilot’s challenging art-punk never really had a chance to explode before the trio fractured around the turn of the century.

This two-song 7-inch contains the first new music from Three Mile Pilot in more than a decade. Now the band is crawling from the music-industry wreckage on the back of its sonic descendants — laptop-poppers Pinback and Systems Officer and goth-folkies The Black Heart Procession — and clearing the launch pad for a Three Mile Pilot comeback in 2010.

Make Major Moves interviews St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

CBC News interviews Michael Chabon about his new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

NPR's The Picture Show blog explains how photographers "created rock and roll."

Win one of five gift packs (including Josh Bazell's novel Beat the Reaper and a Brooklyn Industries t-shirt) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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