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March 23, 2010

Shorties (MGMT, Alex Chilton, and more)

NPR is streaming the new MGMT album, Congratulations (out April 13th)).


Crawdaddy! examines the 1975-1981 years of Alex Chilton's life.


The Edinburgh Journal profiles Japandroids.

Post-Nothing is a record with a one-track mind, but not in the way that you might think. While Japandroids’ debut album - a punk-rock whirlwind of teenage angst and power chords - is singularly concerned with members of the opposite sex, it's also notable for its resolute commitment to its own thematic preoccupations.


http://www.crawdaddy.com/index.php/2009/11/12/alex-chilton-1975-1981/

Today's Zaman interviews Elif Batuman about her book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

A lot of positive reviews have appeared in literary journals and newspapers about “The Possessed.” Why do you think American people are interested in Russian literature all of a sudden?

I think the publisher did an amazing job in positioning the book. And I think they have a lot to do with the success. A famous cartoonist, Roz Chast, did the cover. Everyone recognizes her from The New Yorker. When the reader looks at the cover, he/she understands that it is not a boring book about Russian literature. That was very smart. The book is in paperback; that was also a smart thing to do. And for the reviews, there have been few books that have been kind of between creative writing and academia. That was something new and appealing to general readers.


The Huffington Post lists five "wonderfully weird" book videos.


The Aquarian Weekly interviews David Gedge of the Wedding Present.


PopMatters interviews Paul Mooney about his new memoir, Black Is the New White, which examines his time writing for Richard Pryor.


Jami Attenberg talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about her latest novel, The Melting Season.


Things I'd Rather Be Doing interviews Richard Hell.


Speakeasy examines the increasing use of pre-release full album streams by the music industry.


Fingertips examines the effect of playlist sharing on music consumption.


The Guardian Books Blog reviews the free Get London Reading iPhone app, which points out literary landmarks in the city.


On sale at Amazon MP3: She and Him's new album, Volume 2, for $4.99.


Hipster Tracks streams songs "that a hipster might enjoy listening to."


In this week's LHB contest, I am giving away the two books I judged in the first round of The Morning News Tournament of Books, Hilary Mantel's novel Wolf Hall and the graphic novel Logicomix, as well as a $100 Threadless gift certificate.


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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)
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