January 25, 2010
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 Guardian offers a primer to the poetry of Robert Burns.
New York Magazine interviews author Nick Flynn and his wife, actress Lili Taylor.
The A.V. Club lists 25 great songs, books, films, albums, and TV shows in which cancer plays a major role .
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.
Clash Music interviews Tom Campesinos!.
The Guardian examines the golden age of magazine fiction, and why it can never be repeated.
Bookslut has a new feature on book design, "The Second Virtue," written by Catherine Gregg,
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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