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February 17, 2010

Shorties (SXSW Showcase Schedule, Correatown, and more)

SXSW has posted the official music showcase schedules for the 2010 event.

Spinner profiles Correatown as part of its 2010 SXSW preview.

Female First lists its favorite book to film adaptations.

Comedian/actor Denis Leary shares his current reading with Shelf Life.

Author David Goodwillie shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts. interviews Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf about the band's new album, A Chorus of Storytellers.

The Guardian lists literature's top 10 unreliable narrators.

The shortlist for the 2010 Best Translated Book Award has been announced.

The Wall Street Journal examines the scarcity of available good band names.

PopMatters interviews Pavement guitarist Spiral Stairs.

Do you think the Internet has improved music culture in the past decade? Has it helped or hurt you in a significant way?

I think it’s out there helping. It tears away a lot of the mystery in a band, but I think maybe the amount of people that might hear about you, it’s a good thing. People cannot worry about the stuff other people say. It’s just weird how much of the mystery gets torn away and things that get said. People like to focus on negative things a lot about bands. In the old days, people used to focus more on the positive.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation examines the latest battles between copyright holders and music blogs.

MakeUseOf lists 10 ways to discover new music online.

Stereogum is streaming a new song by Robert Smith of the Cure, his contribution to the Tim Burton film, Almost Alice.

NPR is streaming the new Eluvium album, Similes (out February 23rd).

Alan Sparhawk's Retribution Gospel Choir visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Gimme Noise also interviews Sparhawk.

The Guardian reports that a British rail service is starting its own book club.

Paste is streaming the new Rocky Votolato album, True Devotion (out February 23rd).

Win copies of Peter Straub's new novel A Dark Matter and Emma Straub's novella Fly-Over State in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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