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April 3, 2010

Shorties (The Hold Steady, The Greatest Children's Books Ever, and more)

Weekender profiles Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn.

The Telegraph lists the greatest children's books ever.

All Things Considered profiles Quasi.

But even if Quasi's lineup, sound, and attitude have changed, the philosophy behind the band hasn't. That presiding idea trickled down through indie rock from punk: music can be a loud, rambunctious form of social criticism that — in the words of the writer Greil Marcus — draws lines between young and old.

The Brooklyn Rail debates the usefulness of dust jackets for hardback books.

The Broward New Times lists 10 surprisingly hip Paul McCartney projects from the past 10 years.

Paste previews 10 2010 albums worth checking out.

Jacket Copy rounds up spring's literary t-shirts.

Fresh Air interviews member of the Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda.

Gigantic interviews author Sam Lipsyte.

Casey Dienel talks to the Brooklyn Rail about the new White Hinterland album, Kairos.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews Jakob Dylan about his new album, Women and Country.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Avett Brothers' 17-track Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions album for $3.99.

MakeUseOf lists 10 websites to track down all your TV and movie soundtrack information.

The Quietus celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of Lush's Mad Love EP.

My point is this: not doubting that My Bloody Valentine are as seminal as is often said, the musical legacy of Lush – in my opinion - should be set in similar stone to that of Kevin Shield’s lot. As controversial as that is, Lush, I think, match My Bloody Valentine in terms of sheer power, sublime pop ingenuity and sonic emotiveness. I tread carefully. But I make this supposition based on the evidence of about twenty or so epic and spellbinding gems scattered about their short career.

Drowned in Sound interviews members of the Libertines (including frontman Pete Doherty) about the band's forthcoming reunion.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Ian McEwan's new novel Solar.

GBVDB, the Guided By Voices database, is still keeping up with Robert Pollard's prodigious output and assorted side projects.

The New York Times examines the state of fiction writing and reading in Vietnam.

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