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November 23, 2009

Shorties (David Rawlings, Steve Almond, and more)

Mother Jones interviews David Rawlings about his solo debut album, A Friend of a Friend.

MJ: So A Friend of a Friend I think is actually funnier than a lot of the Gillian Welch albums that have come out. What are the big differences you see between your own music and Gillian's?

DR: The lead singer isn't as good, which is one thing. But I feel like my singing style is a little more rambunctious. When Gillian and I started playing concerts with just the two of us, but under my name, we both noticed that we played a little harder on our guitars and sang a little louder—that the overall feel was a little lighter in that way. It wasn't quite as moody.


In the Boston Globe, author Steve Almond shares his lifetime obsession with music.


The National profiles legendary author Philip Roth.


The Book Cover Archive blog lists the top 10 book covers of the '00s.


Stereo Subversion explains how Broken Social Scene "changed the communal aspect of music."


The New Yorker features new short fiction by Don DeLillo.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Death Cab for Cutie's 13-track 2008 album, Narrow Stairs, for $2.99


The Guardian's Data Blog offers a spreadsheet of NME's best 50 albums of the decade, which includes top chart positions and links to original reviews.


Japan Focus examines how manga artists Kono Fumiyo and Nishioka Yuka address the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in their works.


The Scotsman profiles the folk duo Ruby Throat.


The New York Times reports that the newest audiobook from David Sedaris will be available on vinyl.


Drowned in Sound kicks off its 2010 music preview week with a Liars interview.


At The American Scholar, Bob Thompson discusses interviewing and writing about writers.


The Guardian points out companies that offer legal alternatives to illegal music downloading.


The 101 most influential people who never lived.


The Guardian's music blog has started counting down its albums of the decade.


Literary magazine Monkeybicycle now has a blog.


U2 has been confirmed as headliners for the 2010 Glastonbury music festival.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music lists

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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