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January 26, 2010

Shorties (Midlake, Jessa Crispin, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Midlake album, The Courage of Others (out February 2nd), in its entirety.

Fringe interviews Bookslut's Jessa Crispin.

Paste examines the continued relevance of the term "indie" as applied to popular culture.

At Writers Read, author Daniel Nester shares his recent reading list.

Yo La Tengo frontman Ira Kaplan talks to the Tulsa World.

The National Post profiles singer-songwriter Basia Bulat.

At The Nervous Breakdown, Jami Attenberg interviews herself about her new novel, The Melting Season.

Flavorwire lists the best songs about libraries and librarians.

Flavorwire lists the 10 best full-album covers of all time.

Line Out offers suggested tracks for the ultimate running music mix.

FACT magazine lists the 20 best minimal wave albums.

The Los Angeles Times examines the Apple tablet's effect on book publishing.

The Silicon Alley Insider explains how small indie bands are making money on iTunes.

The Sun Studio Sessions have been added to my local PBS station, and tonight feature Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in session at Memphis's legendary Sun Studios performing a new song. Check your local listings to see if your local PBS affiliate carries the show.

The Guardian offers a short primer to the poetry of William Wordsworth.

Drowned in Sound has the shortlist for the 2010 NME Awards.

A the Emerging Writers Network, author Matt Bell talks about dealing with editors.

Pitchfork reviews the new Beach House album Teen Dream (out today), giving the disc a 9.0.

This is both the most diverse and most listenable of their three full-lengths, and yet it never seems like a compromise. It feels like the product of careful, thoughtful growth, bringing in new influences-- bits of mid-1970s Fleetwood Mac, sparkling indie pop, even a few soul and gospel touches--- while maintaining the group's core sound. Teen Dream is a stirring reminder that good things can happen when you move out of your comfort zone.

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

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