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October 28, 2009

Shorties (The Simpsons, Girls in Trouble, and more)

John Ortved talks to Newsarama about his excellent oral history The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History.

“For the first 10 or 11 seasons, I’ve seen each episode, many times. Particularly seasons 3-9; God, those shows are good. I think that run of episodes, that body of work, can stand up to anything our culture has produced in terms of entertainment in my lifetime. I mean that. They can hold their own against The Sopranos, Michael Chabon's novels, Nora Ephron's films, even The Backstreet Boys."

Jweekly profiles Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls in Trouble, whose wonderful self-titled album was released digitally yesterday (the CD is released on November 3rd).

MTV News lists the scariest albums of all time.

Marvel interviews Say Anything frontman Max Bemis about his love for comics.

momlogic lists kids' music that doesn't suck.

Clash Music lists the best and worst songs about death.

Express Night Out interviews St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

Express Night Out also profiles Clark's current touring mate, Andrew Bird.

"Eventually, I want to try to do some sort of episodic thing, kind of 'Muppet Show'-style," Bird said. "Maybe if the CD is dead or dying, then the thing is more of an episodic-type thing where you take a song and kind of unfold all the little facets of the song into, like, a 25-minute show. Often times the songs I write have a lot of layers, and sometimes there's three of four different streams going on within one song, kind of like an episode where there's a couple of plot lines going on. [It could be] kind of like a musical 'Mr. Show' — that's it in a nutshell."

The Columbus Dispatch recommends books for Halloween gifts.

AfterEllen points out Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, and Cyndi Lauper dolls. (via)

NPR's All Songs Considered lists the highlights from the 2009 edition of CMJ.

The streaming radio show No Love for Ned this week features an in-studio performance by Knight School.

The Aquarian Weekly interviews Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog interviews Chuck Klosterman about his new essay collection, Eating the Dinosaur and the film adaptation of Fargo Rock City.

Singer-songwriter David Bazan talks to Pitch Weekly about his new album and crisis of faith.

Omnivoracious has started counting down Amazon's best books of 2009.

Orham Pamuk talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his new novel, The Museum of Innocence. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

Today is the last day to download 11 Mojo Nixon albums free at Amazon MP3.

NPR is streaming last night's performance by Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar.

Win a copy of They Might be Giants' new children's book, Kids Go!, 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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