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April 17, 2009

Shorties (Joe Queenan, Ani DiFranco, and more)

Joe Queenan talks to the Lower Hudson Journal News about his memoir, Closing Time.

The Burlington Free Press interviews Ani DiFranco.

The Boston Globe interviews Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione.

The Handsome Family's Rennie Sparks talks songwriting with the Chicago Tribune.

Handsome Family songs usually start with lyrics from Rennie, and then Brett writes music around them. The collaboration has its tense moments, with arguments about everything from chord changes to word choices. "We argue, but it's all about making the song the best it can possibly be," Rennie says. "It's not like we can quit the band, so we find a way to resolve it."

The San Jose Mercury News lists the top Leonard Cohen cover songs.

The A.V. Club reviews a classic baseball book, Jim Bouton's Ball Four.

The Washington Post profiles singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen.

Decider DC interviews Nguyen.

Playboy interviews author Chuck Palahniuk.

Classic albums reimagined as Pelican books (a Flickr set).

Salon profiles singer-songwriter-poet Leonard Cohen.

Newsarama interviews cartoonist Seth about his new book, George Sprott 1894-1975.

The upcoming George Sprott 1894-1975 book has some new material that didn’t appear in The NYT Magazine. Seth explained, “I knew the serialization of a story over a period of months would make a “continued next issue” type narrative hard to follow. Readers would forget where they left off last week. So, when I planned the strip, I designed it so that it could be read in self-contained pages. Each page would hopefully be fully satisfying to the reader while adding to the previous ones. Eventually they would make up a story. You might even, as a reader, be able to figure it all out even if you missed a few weeks.

Artrocker interviews Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals.

WHYY's Fresh Air interviews actress Kristin Chenoweth and excerpts from her memoir, Is A Little Bit Wicked.

SmokeLong Quarterly interviews litblogger and indie publisher Dan Wickett.

In a profile of the Noisettes, the Guardian lists the "greatest U-turns in the history of rock and pop."

The A.V. Club interviews singer-songwriter Bill Callahan.

Amazon MP3 has The Band's 18-track Greatest Hits album on sale for $1.99.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield.

Ethan Coen (half of filmmaking's Coen brothers) talks to NPR's All Things Considered about his two recently published books.

Merry Swankster recaps the best album and songs of the first quarter of 2009.

Music lovers talk to NPR's All Things Considered about their baby's first musical experience (and how they chose the music for the occasion).

Popsense previews the summer U.S, music festivals.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists