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October 11, 2009

Shorties (Cate LeBon, Wavves, and more)

The Times Online profiles singer-songwriter Cate LeBon.

On her marvellous debut album, Me Oh My, she comes across as alternately bookish, admonishing, pent-up and spooked/spooky. Songs such as Terror of the Man and Shoeing the Bones are, musically, at once as old as the hills and utterly original.

The Arizona Republic profiles Wavves.

The Faster Times explains why some artists show up in used CD bins more frequently than others.

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams talks to the Toronto Sun about her music career.

The Buffalo News offers a timeline of vampires in popular culture.

The Globe and Mail reviews Nick Hornby's new novel, Juliet, Naked.

The love triangle, born of CDs and e-mails and, finally, face-to-face confrontations between middle-aged adults, is an ingenious construction, and Hornby advances the story via his usual clever dialogue. Ever cinematic in his plot constructions, if not in the often surprising depth to his characters, the novel feels ready from page one to be lifted onto the screen. That will surely happen soon.

The Wesleyan Argus lists its top 10 albums of the 2000s.

The Dallas Morning News reviews Michael Chabon's new essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Manhood for Amateurs visits all the stations of a man's life, but it also includes Chabon's short takes on pop music and memory, his lifelong fascination with comic books and "crap" culture, his meditation on David Foster Wallace and suicide, and his curious fondness, as a liberal, agnostic, "semi-observant, bacon-eating Jew" for an old-fashioned Christmas. There's something here for everyone, no matter your chromosomal makeup.

The San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times also review the book. lists 68 great music sites to follow on Twitter.

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