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January 20, 2010

Shorties (Beach House, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Beach House album, Teen Dream (out January 26th), in its entirety.

NPR is also streaming the new Charlotte Gainsbourg album (co-written with Beck), IRM (out January 26th).

The Guardian Books Blog compares apocalyptic literature of the past with the present incarnations.

The Varsity interviews Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

The Daily Beast examines the literary appeal of actor Timothy Hutton.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian examines the return of the ukulele to popular music.

More Intelligent Life profiles poet Wallace Stevens.

EW's Shelf Life has a preview of Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1.

Wu-Tang Vs. The Beatles' Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers> free mashup album download.

The Rumpus interviews author Jonathan Lethem.

State shares a "Faces of 2010 Mixtape," featuring 20 downloadable songs from Irish artists to watch out for.

At Length interviews Jeff Vandermeer about his novel Finch's soundtrack, recorded by Murder By Death.

Author Joshua Ferris lists road books at Goodreads.

The Telegraph interviews playwright Tom Stoppard.

The 2009 Village Voice Pazz and Jop music critics poll results are in.

The New Yorker profiles author Neil gaiman.

R.I.P., Kate McGarrigle.

Publishers Weekly previews the big graphic novels of 2010.

CBC News lists 10 Canadian bands destined to break out in 2010.

Drowned in Sound interviews Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg about the band's new album, The Golden Archipelago (out February 23rd).

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Spoon's 11-track Transference album for $3.99
Aziz Ansari's new comedy album, Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening, for $3.99
Thievery Corporation's 15-track Radio Retaliation album for $1.99

Paste is opening up its 250+ mp3 song download vault to anyone who donates to Haiti relief efforts.

The Pixies are selling recordings of the shows where they played their Doolittle album in its entirety.

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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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