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January 25, 2010

Shorties (Beach House, Dave Eggers, and more)

The Baltimore Sun profiles Beach House, and talks to the band about their new album, Teen Dream (out tomorrow).

Scally's excitement manifests itself on "Teen Dream." The new record is spontaneous and energetic, the melodies propelled by a fresh sense of urgency. Part of this comes from the duo's decision to bring in live percussion. With the first two albums, Beach House relied on electric drumbeats generated from Legrand's keyboards. "Teen Dream" has live drums and drum machines, side by side.

The National Post profiles author Dave Eggers.

The Telegraph notes two new music biopics, Nowhere Boy (about a teenage John Lennon) and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (about Ian Dury).

The Guardian offers a primer to the poetry of Robert Burns.

New York Magazine interviews author Nick Flynn and his wife, actress Lili Taylor.

At The Smart Set, Jessa Crispin examines Americans' unpredictable response to translated literature in her review of Best European Fiction 2010.

The A.V. Club lists 25 great songs, books, films, albums, and TV shows in which cancer plays a major role .

The Oregonian glowingly reviews McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #33, the San Francisco Panorama newspaper edition.

School Library Journal recommends comics for the classroom.

The Millions interviews an e-book pirate.

The Cornell Daily Sun lists its best books of 2009.

Drowned in Sound interviews Gareth Los Campesinos! about the new Los Campesinos! album, Romance Is Boring (out tomorrow).

Clash Music interviews Tom Campesinos!.

The Guardian examines the golden age of magazine fiction, and why it can never be repeated.

WXPN's World Cafe features an interview and live performance by Devendra Banhart.

Bookslut has a new feature on book design, "The Second Virtue," written by Catherine Gregg,

Spoon frontman Britt Daniel talks to NPR's All Things Considered about the band's new album, Transference.

A Google Maps essay: "George Plimpton's Revenge"

Remember Nick Hornby's review of Kid A by Radiohead when the album was released?

Bradley's Almanac lists its favorite albums of 2009.

Win a Threadless + Griffin iPhone case and a $50 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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