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December 1, 2009

Shorties (Pavement, Neil Gaiman, and more)

Pavement's Spiral Stairs talks to The Age about the band's upcoming reunion shows and the possibility of new material.


Author Neil Gaiman shares his love for audiobooks at NPR's Morning Edition.


Strangeglue interviews singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop.


Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks to Express Night Out.


NY1 interviews author Jonahan Lethem.


Cinema Blend reports that production has begun on the film adaptation of Ned Vizzini's novel, It's Kind of a Funny Story.


Philadelphia Weekly profiles The Swimmers.

“I think there’s something just so distinctive about certain synth sounds that really just go immediately somewhere for some people,” Steve says. “But we really weren’t making an homage and a lot of the bands we’re being compared to we weren’t listening to those bands.” Namely Interpol, Joy Division, New Order, and, humorously, the Killers. “We don’t even own, none of us own, a Killers record,” Krista clarifies. Yeah, didn’t think so.


The Telegraph critiques the BBC's January list of artists to watch.


Paste interviews NPR Music's Bob Boilen.


BlackBook lists recently released "holiday music must haves."


The Guardian reports that Jonathan Littell has won the Bad Sex Award in Fiction for his novel, The Kindly Ones.


The Boston Globe gets blogger reactions to the new FTC disclosure rules.


Paste lists the 30 best cover songs of the decade.


Indie Rock Cafe's The 12 Plays of Alternative-Indie Christmas Songs series should help many of us make that winter holiday mix.


Music Ally interviews Rebel Digital's Robin Kent about the future of ad-supported music.


Cartoonist Hope Larson has an Etsy shop, and is selling original comic pages and sketches.


The Guardian has created a musical Advent calendar for 2009.


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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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