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April 2, 2010

Shorties (8-Bit Dark Side of the Moon, Drive-By Truckers, and more)

MOON8 is an 8-bit NES-style cover album of Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon.


The Philadelphia Daily News interviews Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers about the band's new album, The Big To-Do.

Q: Does it stress you guys out being the critics' darlings? How do you keep coming up with the big album concepts that reviewers love?

A: (Laughs) It's always been said that being critics' favorites is the kiss of death. It's not that surprising they like us, though. If you read enough reviews, you get an idea that the kind of songs they like are the kind we like. I tend to favor stuff - books and movies, as well as music - that has really vivid imagery, with characters so honest, revealing, self-deprecating it almost makes you cringe.


SEED shares interesting books released this April.


eMusic interviews vocalist Pam Berry and drummer Mike Schulman of Black Tambourine.


The Rumpus has launched a new film column, 10.40/70, which analyzes frames from the 10th, 40th, and 70th minutes of movies.


Too Many Books in the Kitchen interviews author Patrick DeWitt.


The Guardian's book club is reading The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore this month.


Cleveland Scene interviews Julian Casablancas of the Strokes about his solo album Phrazes for the Young.


Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.


PopMatters interviews Bernard Sumner of Bad Lieutenant (and previously New Order and Joy Division).


The A.V. Club interviews legendary musician Mose Allison.


The San Francisco Chronicle lists five "comic geek dreams," matching comics with directors for ultimate film projects.


Drowned in Sound recaps the first quarter of 2010 in music news.


The New York Times examines literary scholars increasing use of biological science in their research.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Rufus Wainwright's self-titled 1998 12-track debut album for $3.99.


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


Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
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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