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March 31, 2010

Shorties (Titus Andronicus, Top LA Noir Novels, and more)

Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles talks to Spinner about enlisting indie rockers to portray historical figures on the band's new album, The Monitor.

"Craig Finn was an easy one, because Walt Whitman was one of my favorites for the time period, representing a unique and important thing in that time," Stickles says. "Craig is a really great guy, really very open and magnanimous. I think Walt Whitman would have appreciated what he called the adhesiveness of his character."

Stickles lists some of his favorite things at Pitchfork.

At the Guardian, Jonathan Kellerman lists the top 10 LA noir novels.

The Notorious B.I.G + the XX = The Notorious XX by Wait What (free mashup album download)

Reuters interviews Sebastian Faulks about his latest novel, A Week in December.

SF Weekly profiles Surfer Blood.

Self-assured, spirited, and surprisingly sophisticated, its songs exist in that sweet spot between lo-fi and polished, skillfully arranged but not overworked. "Floating Vibes" is one of several reverb-soaked tunes that worships raw, shambling Pavement- or Sebadoh-style textures while inserting sunny Beach Boys melodies and vocal harmonies. Power-chord–fueled breakout single "Swim," meanwhile, launches as a sort of Cheap Trick homage before its guitars and rhythms briefly detour into Afropop. And "Harmonix" deftly updates the shoegazer and garage-fuzz template with chiming New Wavey six-strings, like the Jesus and Mary Chain scoring an episode of Miami Vice.

The L Magazine lists 8 NYC bands you need to ehar.

The Guardian examines the Campaign for Real Fear horror fiction manifesto.

In the New York Review of Books blog, author Margaret Atwood discusses her use of social media, Twitter in particular.

VQR interviews John Williams, founder of the online literary magazine The Second Pass.

Mashable lists five free online ways to identify that song stuck in your head.

The Guardian ponders the state of the "macho chef memoir."

Flavorwire and eMusic put together post-SXSW bands to watch in 2010 lists.

Underwire lists the coolest concept albums.

The Guardian shares news and the trailer of Lou Reed's directorial debut, Red Shirley.

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

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