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April 1, 2010

Shorties (Liz Phair, Joshua Ferris, and more)

The St. Petersburg Times interviews Liz Phair about scoring the television series In Plain Sight.

Today KCRW's Bookworm interviews Joshua Ferris about his latest novel, The Unnamed.

The Georgia Straight profiles Surfer Blood.

Listening to the 10 songs on Astro Coast, it's easy to see why Surfer Blood has caught on so quickly. Familiar yet never derivative, the group's refreshingly unfussy sound centres around hard-hitting guitar pop and immediately hummable choruses. On the lead single "Swim", this takes the form of barn-burning riff rock, while the sunny “Floating Vibes” pairs its breezy guitar licks with baroque violin flourishes.

Minnesota Daily interviews Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander.

Lewis Lapham talks to Marketplace about famous writers' day jobs.

Crossfade interviews Nick Turner of the Arctic Monkeys.

The Guardian Music Blog examines how Kate Bush inspires female music artists.

Salon lists cinema's greatest writer villains.

LA Weekly reviews the new Jakob Dylan album, Women and Country (out April 6th).

But Women and Country's roots are not of the dime-store, "Old Weird America" variety. Some of the tunes, like the playful "Smile When You Call Me That," even have the relaxed feel of a polished Gary Stewart record from the mid-'70s. It would be unfortunate if this release is noticed only by nostalgic Wallflowers fans or Mojo subscribers. This is a fantastic L.A. country record that can be appreciated by fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, Joanna Newsom or Bonnie Prince Billy.

At The Faster Times, author Micheal Kimball interviews Dawn Raffel about her new short story collection, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe.

The Yorkshire Evening Post interviews singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan.

The Comics Journal shares a 2005 panel discussion between cartoonists Charles Burns, Seth, Chris Ware, and designer/author Chip Kidd.

Monitor Mix explains what your "birth date song" (the #1 song on the day you were born) says about you.

Stream the new Lali Puna album, Our Inventions (out April 27th), at Soundcloud this week.

Drowned in Sound lists the best singles from the first quarter of 2010.

Win all five Scott Pilgrim graphic novels 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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