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December 9, 2009

Shorties (Neko Case, Pulp, and more)

For the Neko Case fan who has everything: limited edition Giclee prints of the Middle Cyclone album art.

The Philadelphia City Paper reviews the new Pulp remastered albums (Different Class, His 'n' Hers, This Is Hardcore).

It is interesting — maybe even significant — that Pulp, who went on indefinite hiatus in 2002, are the first of the mid-’90s Britpop acts to get a reissue campaign, rather than Oasis, Blur, Elastica or Suede. This band had a unique take on their zeitgeist, one that remains relevant. And their towering, dapper stick figure of a frontman, the inimitable Jarvis Cocker, was auteur-like in his pursuits. Even the band’s most tossed-off compositions often contained a laser-like focus, as Cocker found endless permeations and new angles for his devastatingly witty, deeply neurotic worldview.

The Guardian's books blog lists the ingredients of a blockbuster novel.

The Houston Press lists nine musicians Tiger Woods should have had an affair with.

The Santa Fe Reporter lists what is wrong with modern music.

The Washington Post reviews Ha Jin's new short fiction collection, A Good Fall.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Raveonettes 11-track In and Out of Control album for $2.99.

WHYY's Fresh Air interviews Robin D.G. Kelley, author of the new book Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original.

The Oxford American interviews every contributor to its annual music issue about their personal music highlights.

The results are in for All Songs Considered's listener's picks for best album of 2009.

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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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