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March 16, 2011

Shorties (New York Dolls, Orange Prize Longlist, and more)

The A.V. Club interviews David Johansen about the New York Dolls reunion.

The longlist for the 2011 Orange Prize for fiction has been announced. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Kathleen Winter.

Austinist interviews singer-songwriter Liz Phair.

As far as the "scene"--the independent music-making scene and the music industry in general--what changes have you seen throughout your career from the early 90s until now?

I think there's a lot that will never change because why people do it isn't just trendy reasons. Like indie to me always meant we just get up and do it. You don't need to involve tons of people, you don't need tons of equipment. You have a vision and you wanna make it happen. You gather your friends and you make it happen. That's always to me been what indie was about, it wasn't about a certain sound, or a certain style, or a certain group. It was about making music you know, without a lot of funds, you do that as passion, and that I think has stayed remarkably consistent.

The New York Post experiences a literary Dublin pub crawl.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Paul Simon discusses his affinity for indie music instead of pop.

Who do you think does a really good job in pop music today?

I like indie music. I'm not a big fan of straight-up pop music. I don’t have anything against it. I don’t have anything against Justin Bieber or that kind of stuff. It's just not really meant for me. It's not talking to me. There's no reason why it should be talking to me. He’s 17 years old, and they're pop records. I don’t like it, but I don't have any judgment on it, because when I think of the pop records that I liked as a kid … my father couldn’t stand them. When I listen back to some of them, they really were terrible. But I didn’t care.

Crib Notes interviews Nils Edenloff of the Rural Alberta Advantage.

Have you found a default muse as a songwriter?

NE: I've never been able to figure out when or why a moment strikes. More than anything, when you're writing music, it's trying to be open to whatever may come at you and just being ready for that. I guess sometimes when I'm emotionally bummed out stuff tends to flow more often, and it's just trying to capture those moments when they come around — but at the same time trying not too push them too much. I don't like the idea of trying to force songs. They work out better when an idea takes its time to come out of you, in a way. That's sort of the process for the songs in a way. They may begin as a fully formed idea or just a portion, and then typically Paul and I will work out the rhythms and stuff, and then the three of us will get together and build the whole thing back up. So it's a lot of stripping the songs down to their core elements and then building them back up. Nothing is sacred in terms of trying to do the best thing for the song.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune examines the past, present, and future of bookshelves.

Reverb profiles the newly launched Seattle record label Table & Chairs.

At the Daily Beast, Bret Easton Ellis examines Hollywood meltdowns.

The Guardian has launched its SXSW 2011 band tracker to showcase the artists getting the most buzz.

On sale for $4.52 at Amazon MP3: The Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Sampler compilation.

Tablet reviews the new biography, Modigliani: A Life.

The Independent reviews the new pocket-sized edition of the graphic novel Godspeed: the Kurt Cobain Graphic.

Rob Ruck talks to All Things Considered about his book, Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game.

FACT interviews Wes Eisold of Cold Cave.

The press release says the lyrics to the record are inspired by night time walks after you moved to New York. Can you elaborate on that? Any particular specifics that keep popping up?

"That’s true but I don't mean to glorify NYC or anything like that. It is a wonderful place for walking alone and I would do that with the demos of the songs. I think really it was about reflecting over the years and headphones and walking in NYC just happened to be my method this year. I enjoy being here mostly but maybe only because I can't imagine living anywhere else right now. In the past I often ended up living in cities where a lot of people had been living their for their entire lives, they had foundation and friends and history and I always felt a bit like I was trying to infiltrate a cast that didn't really need another role so much."

NPR reviews and excerpts from Jon Michaud's debut novel, When Tito Loved Clara.

Amazon MP3 has a selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.

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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)
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