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January 30, 2010

Shorties (Ted Leo, J.D. Salinger, and more)

WXPN's World Cafe features a live performance by Ted Leo.

At the New Yorker, author Dave Eggers remembers J.D. Salinger, and the Guardian Music Blog explains how Salinger created the original rock star.

The Scotsman profiles the indie record label Chemikal Underground.

For Braithwaite, there is no Chemikal sound, but there is a feeling. "They're a very Scottish label, and very Scottish people. The music has a spirit of independence, humour, honesty, and melancholy." The founders even manage to be sanguine about the ones that got away, from Interpol and Antony and the Johnsons to the demo tape they ignored from Idlewild. "Oh, and Kaiser Chiefs wanted to tour with us," recalls Woodward. "Did they?" says Pollock, looking pained. "My God."

Blogging for a Good Book has aggregated the online best books of 2009 lists and created a spreadsheet with the results separated by genre.

The Toronto Star profiles Neil Young.

Geekosystem lists the top 30 geeky writers.

CHARTattack interviews Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett.

22 Books is a website dedicated to sharing online book lists.

Billboard examines how mixtapes are helping rappers land record deals.

Actress/author Lauren Conrad discussed her literary inspirations with Shelf Life.

All Things Strings profiles versatile violinist Rob Moose.

Not only has Moose served as concertmaster for the Manhattan School’s acclaimed Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra and for such acts as diverse as pop songwriter Burt Bacharach and post-bop jazz saxophonist James Carter, he’s also played violin on projects with jazz-tap master Savion Glover, demonstrated his viola chops with hip-hop artist Jay-Z, played numerous instruments with experimental chamber-pop artist Sufjan Stevens, and is a member of the popular art-rock band My Brightest Diamond.

Life lists famous literary drunks and addicts in a photo essay.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Bob Dylan's 10-track Together Through Life album for $3.99.

Jewcy interviews author Gary Shteyngart.

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