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June 9, 2010

Shorties (Stream Laurie Anderson's New Album, Toro Y Moi, and more)

NPR is streaming Laurie Anderson's new album, Homeland (out June 22nd).

The Free Times profiles Toro Y Moi's Chazwick Bundick.

It seems surreal now, but even those on the periphery of the Soda City scene knew who Chazwick Bundick was. Barely out of his 20s and interning for graphic design credit at Wes Donehue’s firm in The Vista, it seemed that the Ridge View High School alum was just always around. If you talked to him at all, say like after a gig at The Whig or Hunter-Gatherer with his indie rock band The Heist and the Accomplice, chances are Chaz handed you a modest, unassuming CD-R of his latest boudoir project — Toro Y Moi. And despite the name, even then there was no bulls#!t raging in this lap-pop wunderkind’s hazy, hauntological channeling of Daft Punk and J Dilla. One Beach House cover, a shout-out from Kanye and a multi-album deal with Carpark Records later, and the rest (for anyone who reads Free Times, thank you very much) is local-boy-done-good history.

The Los Angeles Times explores the thriving music scene in the online video game, Second Life, and how real world musicians have benefited from the virtual exposure.

Frost Magazine interviews author Alain De Botton.

Click Track lists 2010's most inappropriate campaign songs.

Author Michael Koryta shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

Lollapalooza has released the schedule for its 2010 Chicago music fest.

io9 examines the nominees for the 2009 Sidewise Awards, which honor the best in alternate history fiction.

The Montreal Gazette interviews Matt Berninger, frontman of the National.

Things I'd Rather Be Doing interviews Andrea Scrima about her novel, A Lesser Day.

Flavorwire lists the 25 most anticipated albums of the summer.

NPR is taking nominations for the best thriller novels.

All Songs Considered previews this year's Bonnaroo music festival.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a case of Sweet Leaf Tea in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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