January 17, 2012
Pitchfork interviews Finn about the record.
Neon Filler lists the top 10 disappointing follow-up albums.
Scene Asia interviews a concert promoter about the challenges of booking shows in Hong Kong.
The Believer interviews Joan Didion.
Q: It's bizarre to me that anyone would hear that album as difficult.
A: That was my reaction at the time, and it still is. To me, it sounds like a pop record, and that's all it ever was. I never did hear, and I still don't hear, what was that challenging or experimental about it. That's stuff that's been a part of rock music and pop music for a long time in my opinion -- dissonance or a certain amount of static and noise. I thought it communicated very clearly.
Library Journal offers an extensive preview of graphic novels published in April and May.
Cultural historian Henry Hitchings discusses his five favorite books on language at The Browser.
SF Signal hosts a roundtable discussion of YA authors who write speculative fiction.
The Guardian Music Blog examines the state of indie rock.
Cullen Murphy talks to Morning Edition about his new book, God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World.
On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Ani DiFranco's new album Which Side Are You On?.
Amazon MP3 has 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.
also at Largehearted Boy:
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100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
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Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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