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January 10, 2010

Shorties (Spoon, Martin Amis, and more)

The New York Times profiles Spoon, "a band acclaimed but still unrecognized."


The Observer reviews the forthcoming Martin Amis novel, The Pregnant Widow.


Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore talk to the Lexington Herald-Leader about their album about mountain-top removal (MTR), Dear Companion (out February 16th).

"This is probably the most important record that either of us will ever release," Moore said. "Certainly it is as far as its intent is concerned. We're really hoping to spark a dialogue so people can learn more about MTR and what it's doing to Kentucky. We're going to set aside as much time for touring with the record as we can. As long as there is still interest, we'll keep touring and singing these songs.


The Guardian lists the top 10 Victorian detective stories.


The Lexington herald-Leader profiles


The Guardian Books podcast examines the place of snow in literature.


Speakeasy interviews the members of Vampire WeekendContra (out this week).

What’s an example of the literature that you were drawing on?

CT: [Bass player] Chris Baio and I both read a lot of Joan Didion. I like her vibe very much. She grew up in California then moved to New York.

EK: “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami. Something about that book. I felt like the central theme was identity. I found that book inspiring in that he’s approaching this huge topic, but by telling very specific stories about very specific things. In our band we’ve always believed that the universal is in the specifics. That will always be our M.O., though occasionally people can get offended when you get too specific about places or things. But I don’t think the vague Hallmark card-style songs about love and loss ultimately serve anybody.


LibraryThing now features an iPhone app, Local Books, that points out local independent bookstores and libraries.


NME interviews The Horrors.


The Telegraph profiles Albert Camus, soccer goalkeeper and writer.

Never mind Gerrard or Rooney, there is only one name appropriate to decorate the replica shirt of the thinking football fan. Each year Philosophy Football, perhaps the only company in Britain founded in homage to a Monty Python sketch, sells more than 5,000 of their goalkeeper’s top with the name Albert Camus embroidered across the shoulder. On its front is his famous saying: “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.”


Pitchfork premieres a new video for Animal Collective's "Brother Sport."


comiXology and the Greensboro News-Record list the best comics of 2009.


The Hollywood Reporter has an update on the film adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel, Gun with Occasional Music.


Pop & Hiss lists 10 reasons to be cautiously optimistic about rap this year.


The Wall Street Journal previews 2010's biggest books.


Flavorwire lists "how to fake like you've listened to Animal Collective."


My "best of 2009" lists:

favorite albums of 2009
favorite novels of 2009
favorite nonfiction of 2009
favorite short story collections of 2009
favorite graphic novels of 2009
favorite music of 2009 (at Urban Outfitters)


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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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