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January 21, 2010

Shorties (New Pornographers, Dennis Cooper, and more)

The New Pornographers have announced their next album, Together, to be released May 4th.

HTMLGIANT's Blake Butler interviews author Dennis Cooper.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1 is available for preorder.

The Boston Globe remembers author Robert B. Parker.

Eye Weekly interviews Lou Barlow.

Low's Alan Sparhawk talks to the New Haven Advocate about his other band, the Retribution Gospel Choir.

"Over the years, I find that I'm more of a chameleon than I'd probably want to admit," he says with a laugh. "When I'm with people, I feed off of what they're doing, and if they're the kind of people that are going to an extreme place, then I find that exciting. I'll go there and see what's possible. When I'm with Mimi, she has really a strong presence, and that sets the tone for Low. No matter what I write, when I'm around her playing, it's going to have a certain tone. With these guys, it's definitely different. Eric is a dynamic drummer; he reminds me of Keith Moon. He'll go out as far as you want to go. And that draws certain things out of me that maybe aren't there with Low.

Matador Nights lists 50 music sites that matter.

PopMatters lists its best fiction books of 2009.

Browse culturally & historically significant books by da Vinci, Lewis Carroll, and others at the British Library.

Flavorwire reviews Patti Smith's new memoir, Just Kids.

Seattle Weekly interviews Smith about the book.

Sirens interviews author (and Largehearted Boy contributor) Jami Attenberg about her new novel, The Melting Season.

Read an excerpt from Jonathan Dee's new novel, The Privileges.

Xfm previews 20 bands to watch in 2010.

The Quietus interviews members of the original lineup of Killing Joke about the band's reunion.

Drowned in Sound lists its top 10 Nordic music albums of 2009.

The Low Anthem play a tiny desk concert at NPR Music.

Iranian born Australian poet Ali Alzadeh comments on the state of contemporary poetry in Iran at Salt.

Lovereading is polling its readers for the best book of the decade.

Swedish duo First Aid Kit give Drowned in Sound a track-by-track analysis of their debut album, The Big Black & The Blue.

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Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Book Lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music lists

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