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April 30, 2010

Shorties (Robert Pollard, Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels, and more)

Robert Pollard talks to Spin about scoring 4,192, a documentary film about Pete Rose.

io9 lists the 10 greatest science fiction detective novels of all time.

The A.V. Club offers gateway albums to emo music.

The Independent profiles the British hip-hop scene.

The Jamaica Observer notes the popular resurgence of reggae artist Dennis Brown.

The Hook profiles singer-songwriter Devon Sproule.

A Guardian music critic offers a firsthand account of being dissed in a song.

The Spectator reviews David Mitchell's new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

It is undoubtedly an exciting book, but in any number of ways an unsophisticated one, with a technique that in some aspects borders on the rudimentary. In the past, I’ve greatly enjoyed and admired Mitchell’s books. This one seems exactly calculated to demonstrate his weaknesses as a writer, and the writerly temptations he too easily yields to.

Guardian readers recommend election songs.

22 Books is a website dedicated to sharing book lists.

Kaki King talks to the Nashville Scene about her new album, Junior.

Torontoist interviews cartoonist Jeff Lemire.

A Playlist and a Story, Every Day shares streamable playlists with accompanying stories.

The Guardian profiles Brian Eno.

In an age in which we venerate the idea of the lonely artist toiling in a garret before coming down to present the Great Work, Eno wants to suggest alternative visions of how art is made, how it works, and why we need it. Admittedly, if he was an ordinary mortal, you wouldn't give two hoots, but Eno is one of the most consistently diverting creative presences in Britain: godfather of ambient music, visual artist, Prospect magazine columnist, one-time bemulletted techno-whizz at Roxy Music's keyboards, and the record producer who made U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie and even Coldplay sound so compelling.

Jack White talks to All Things Considered about his record label, Third Man Records.

NPR's All Songs Considered reports that Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy will write three children's novels for HarperCollins.

MTV Iggy lists the top 25 new bands in the world.

Win a copy of The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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