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March 29, 2010

Shorties (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Top Political Songs, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings album, I Learned the Hard Way (out April 6th) in its entirety.

New York Magazine profiles Sharon Jones.

After three decades of near obscurity, Jones is in demand; she and Brooklyn soul curators the Dap-Kings will release their fourth album, I Learned the Hard Way, on April 6. In recent years, she's sung with Lou Reed in the stage version of Berlin and with Phish for their re-creation of Exile on Main St.; she duetted with Michael Buble on Saturday Night Live and sings a funkified version of "This Land Is Your Land" in the opening credits of Up in the Air. "I feel like I asked God, and it took me a while," says Jones. "So instead of 'Why?' I say, 'Thank you.' "

The New Statesman lists the top 20 political songs.

The Globe and Mail profiles Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas.

Like his bandmates' varied side projects, Casablancas’ Phrazes for the Young explores new musical directions. Its name is a twist on Oscar Wilde's 19th century life-advice list Phrases And Philosophies for the Use of the Young; the album came out late last year to mixed reviews. Its synth-based, futuristic sound may be light years away from the Strokes’ retro guitar rock, but Casablancas’ catchy songwriting and baritone croon are seductively familiar.

The Quietus interviews Britt Daniel and Jim Eno of Spoon.

The New Statesman examines the effectiveness of protest songs on political systems.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Joan Armatrading's new 11-track album This Charming Life for $3.99.

True/Slant lists the best worst classic rock songs of all time.

The Guardian interviews Courtney Love about the Hole reunion.

The Guardian Music Blog examines the usually unsuccessful career change of models into music.

NME lists 10 tracks you have to hear this week.

NPR is streaming the new album by Sigur Ros frotman Jonsi, Go (out April 6th) in its entirety.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best men writing as women in literature.

The Guardian reports the Libertines are reuniting for the Reading and Leeds music festivals.

Win all five Scott Pilgrim graphic novels in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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