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November 12, 2009

Shorties (Amanda Palmer, Zadie Smith, and more)

Metro Weekly profiles singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

''I like mixing up music and lyrics in ways that are confusing to compel the listener,'' the pop musician says. ''That's another thing I really like about this art form. You can make as much or as little sense as you want and you're not going to get arrested.''

Zadie Smith talks to NPR's All Things Considered about her new essay collection, Changing My Mind. An excerpt from the book is also provided.

Tiger Saw's Dylan Metrano talks to the Newburyport News about his memoir, All My Friends Are Right Here With Me: A Decade in the Indie Rock Underground.

Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces talks to the Georgia Strait.

The Telegraph lists the best culture websites (including several music & book sites).

The Dallas Observer compares the post-Uncle Tupelo careers of Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy.

Medium Fidelity lists the worst album covers of all time.

Rocks Off remembers the greatness of Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne album.

Prefix interviews singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

Sonic Youth members recommend their favorite films to the Criterion Collection.

New York Magazine lists the 40 songs that define the "Brooklyn sound."

GOOD finds a surprising connection between U.S. oil production and the quality of rock music over time.

The Free Music Archive now contains 13,367 free and legal mp3s to download and stream.

This Wikipedia list compares traits of vampires from various pop culture sources.

AfterEllen reports that Ariel Schrag's graphic novel Potential will be adapted into a film.

Read Schrag's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book (as well as the other books in the autobiographical series).

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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