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February 6, 2010

Shorties (Sleigh Bells, Laura Barrett, and more)

Seattle University's Spectator Blog profiles one of my favorite new bands, Sleigh Bells.

Miller alleges there’s a full-length Sleigh Bells record in the works, and I can only hope that when it does see the light of day outside Brooklyn, it’ll be just as noisy and jarring and catchy as their EP. This is the kind of band for whom quality production would be a travesty. Lo-fi graininess is an integral part of Sleigh Bells’ style; it keeps their music interesting and challenging without detracting from their songwriting in any way.

Singer-songwriter Laura Barrett talks to Spinner about her upcoming tour with Magnetic Fields.

She also sees the tour as a chance to experiment with her own songwriting. "I'm trying to work on writing in character, which is something Stephin Merritt has perfected. Most people don't realize how hard it is to write from a perspective that's detached from your own. I'd like to write more songs about characters and interactions between people."

Impact lists its albums of the decade.

Paste lists 10 noteworthy February music releases.

Spinner profiles Local Natives.

Yet, sun-bleached and ocean-sprayed though they sound, as four-fifths the product of notoriously affluent and conservative enclave Orange County, Local Natives haven't exactly had the bohemian, Laurel Canyon upbringing of West Coast mythology. "We're not really typical Californians," explains Ayers. "We all come from right-wing Republican families." Nor did they -- despite Rice's deadpan assertion -- "write most of [their] songs on surfboards."

Brainz lists the 10 greatest apocalyptic novels of all time.

Billboard lists the 10 best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.

Tubular lists the worst.

The Oxford American remembers singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

In a Guardian editorial, Google's David Drummond explains the company's aims of the Google Book Search Settlement.

Seaninsound's Posterous lists 15 thoughts on the impact of the web on old media.

Web in Front is giving away mp3s of Radiohead's January Los Angeles performance to aid Haiti relief.

Niteside profiles Japanther.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

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