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December 4, 2009

Shorties (Cat Power, A Year in Reading, and more)

Chan Marshall of Cat Power talks to the Courier-Mail about her future projects.

My A Year in Reading essay is up at The Millions, sandwiched between contributions by Jonathan Lethem and Jesse Ball.

DEVO is streaming a 1978 15-track live set at their MySpace page.

The Guardian's music blog asks its readers, "Which albums deserve a sequel?".

The Irish Independent profiles Florence and the Machine.

For my Jewish friends: Menorah Mashups: Crazy Chanukah Mixes and Mashes! mp3 album download.

PopMatters examines the revival of cassette tape culture.

The Yellow Bird Project, a charitable organization where proceeds go to the musician's good cause of choice, has new t-shirts designed by Grizzly Bear and Bloc Party.

My favorite yearly music blog list: Said the Gramophone's best songs of 2009 (with mp3 downloads).

Flavorwire uncovers a typewritten 1967 letter from David Bowie to his first American fan.

Mobylives explores author Robert Bolano's favorite books.

At Genreality, author Lynn Viehl discusses the latest royalty statement for her book, Twilight Fall.

The Irish Times profiles Vampire Weekend.

Compared with their exuberant first album, the forthcoming Contra is a more considered work, the melodies taking a little more time to weave their way around, and the choppy West African guitar licks sounding more structured. It’s still reassuringly riddled with polyrhythms, and there’s a post-graduate intensity to many of the lyrics. On the debut album, they corralled a few friends from Columbia and Julliard; they’ve roped them in again for Contra, plus the legendary marimba player Mauro Refosco, who plays with David Byrne and has recently been sitting in with Thom Yorke’s band.

Backbeat Online interviews Eric Gilbert of Finn Riggins.

/Film interviews Chuck Klosterman about the film adaptation of his book, Fargo Rock City.

Obviously, Fargo Rock City with [writers] Craig Finn and Tom Ruprecht looks like it’s going to happen…

Chuck Klosterman: Yeah, you know, I actually just read the script for that for the first time last night. It’s really good. [laughs] But I don’t know if it will become a movie…I do not. [laughs] It seems more likely in a way, because I’ve signed the deal. I’ve sold that movie to Craig and Tom and weirdly [the story in the trades] just kinda came out. And I was pretty…surprised by how much interest there was in it. You know. And the movie they’re making is totally unlike the book in a lot of ways. It basically takes four or five specific anecdotes, like memoir anecdotes from the book, and makes a whole new, totally different narrative. But, the script is pretty funny. It’s so hard to tell when you read something on the page. It’s not like literature where you can really judge it, because you need to hear the actors saying it.

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes, David Rawlings, and Gillian Welch discuss their creative process with NPR Music.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Tao Lin.

The Independent points out sneakers featuring R. Crumb designs.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Book 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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