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February 23, 2010

Shorties (Joanna Newsom, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Joanna Newsom album, Have One on Me (out today).

The Los Angeles Times, PopMatters, Pitchfork, Washington Post, Globe and Mail review the album.

Vanity Fair lists the "virile man's guide to liking Joanna Newsom."

The Guardian excerpts a chapter about fish farming from Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book, Eating Animals.

The Boston Globe profiles up and coming crime fiction writers.

White Hinterland's Casey Dienel shares a recipe for tarragon chicken salad with homemade mayonnaise at Drowned in Sound.

Eye Weekly lists five ways to save music blogging.

PopMatters interviews Glasvegas guitarist Rab Allan.

Getting back to the music, Glasvegas makes a lot of grand gestures in their songs. There are elements, like the children's rhymes or the use of Beethoven, that might seem silly if you read them on paper, but work incredibly well in the actual songs. Did you guys worry about how these elements would work when songwriting, or was it just sort of "This is what we want to do, this is what seems natural to us"?

It's funny, we’d almost finished the album, and James said he had an idea for the song ["Stabbed," which combines spoken word with a rendition of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"]. He always had those lyrics, and he went away and spent a day in the studio, and came back and he had that. And I thought it was genius. Our manager thought, “You can’t do this!” [Laughs]. He said “It won't work, you can't do it.” And we said “Who says?” There's no rules. You can do anything you want, you know.

The Bakersfield Californian lists 20 albums everyone should own.

The Guardian talks to authors who opted out of the Google book settlement.

Robot 6 interviews cartoonist James Kochalka.

Wired's Epicenter blog examines Google's music strategy.

Beyond the Margins interviews author Daniyal Mueenuddin.

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for its 2009 Book Prizes, includinf a new category for graphic novels.

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross has news of his next book, Listen To This, which will include chapters about Radiohead, Bjork, Dylan and Brahms.

WXPN's World Cafe features Surfer Blood.

Win Seth Grahame-Smith's new novel, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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