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August 31, 2010

Shorties (Stream the New Justin Townes Earle Album, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

NPR is streaming Justin Townes Earle's new album, Harlem River Blues (out September 14th).

Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Freedom, is finally in bookstores today.

All Things Considered examines the critical controversy surrounding the book.

The Chicago Tribune explains why Freedom is "another great Midwestern novel.

Drowned in Sound interviews Avi Buffalo's Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg.

DiS: A lot of bands mentioned alongside you are older acts such as Neil Young or The Byrds. Do you see it as a compliment to be compared to them?

AZ-I: I love Neil Young and The Byrds, so that's really nice to hear. I got REALLY into Neil this past year, especially this record called Chrome Dreams from 1977. I haven't ever gotten super into the The Byrds but I love The Flying Burrito Brothers. Bands I was really into writing these songs and recording were Jim O'Rourke, Elliott Smith, The Flaming Lips, Prefuse 73, Wilco, Nels Cline, John Coltrane and Sonic Youth.

Three Monkeys Online profiles author Jose Saramago.

DC9 at Night interviews Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles.

Creative Loafing Atlanta
previews this weekend's Decatur Book Festival.

Flavorwire lists the 10 musical acts who will "save 2010 from chillwave."

Moviefone lists the top comic book characters still available for movies.

The National Post profiles singer-songwriter Luke Doucet.

NY1's One on 1 interviews Gary Shteyngart about his latest novel, Super Sad Love Story.

The Arcade Fire have a technologically impressive new video for "The Wilderness Downtown," produced with help from Google.

3:AM interviews author Tony O'Neill about sex and drugs.

Pop & Hiss lists five ways for indie musicians to get their songs played on KCRW.

The Guardian is taking nominations for its annual Not the Booker literary prize.

The Quietus reviews the new Antony and the Johnsons album, Swanlights (out October 12th), track-by-track.

The Morning News excerpts from Kevin Guilfoile's new novel, The Thousand.

The Guardian examines how live music festivals are changing the music industry.

Gizmodo lists the 10 greatest fictional inventors of all time.

At the A.V. Club, the Walkmen cover R.E.M.'s "Driver 8."

NPR is streaming Junip's new album, Fields (out September 14th). Junip is singer-songwriter Jose Gonzales's latest project.

NPR lists three books for surviving graduate school.

NPR is streaming the Walkmen's new album, Lisbon (out September 14th).

Vol. 1 Brooklyn reviews Grace Krilanovich's new novel, The Orange Eat Creeps.

Krilanovich is borrowing elements here from pulp horror, but it’s key that an unseen killer is far more sinister than either the gang of vampires or an ominous street that resurfaces throughout the book. Her novel shares a disorienting quality with the final section of Brian Evenson’s The Open Curtain, in which time, character, and action collapse in on themselves. That actions are horrific isn’t the only thing at work here — there’s also the way in which actions begin to blur and lose cohesion, which is in its own way even more horrific.

A Blog Supreme taste tests Bitches Brew ale, a beer produced by Dogfish Head brewery to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew album.

Win all three books in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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