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October 29, 2009

Shorties (Philip Roth, Google Music Search, and more)

NPR reviews (and excerpts from) Philip Roth's new novel, The Humbling.

The official Google blog explains the new Google music search.

I posted the list of the online best of the decade (2000-2009) music lists yesterday.

Today's additions:

Aiming to Misbehave (songs of the decade)
Bodyspace (best singles)
Captains Dead (top albums)
Experimental Music Love (top albums)
The Middle 8 (favorite albums)
O, Song! (influential albums)
Q (best albums)
A Slice of Fried Gold (favorite albums)

The Georgia Strait profiles the Raveonettes.

LA Weekly profiles recent Sub Pop signees Avi Buffalo.

Variety reports that U2's Rose Bowl concert attracted over 10 million streams, making it the single-largest YouTube streaming event.

Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano talks to MetroActive.

The Minnesota Daily reviews the new book by Afternoon Records founder Ian Anderson, Here Come the Regulars: How to Run a Record Label on a Shoestring Budget.

“Here Come the Regulars” boasts an engaging format. Anderson addresses the reader head-on and tells them, for hypothetical purposes, they'll be running the imagined Thankyou Records and working with fictional indie up-and-comers The Readers. Such is the framework that guides the reader through basic branding, roster building, legal logistics, manufacturing, distribution, booking and promotion.

The Seattle Times lists spooky books for fireside nights.

MTV News previews the New York Yankees' World Series at-bat music.

The Wall Street Journal profiles cartoonist R. Crumb and his musical side.

Still free at Amazon MP3: the 21-track The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol.I album.

Audrey Niffenegger talks to the Edinburgh Journal about her latest novel, Her Fearful Symmetry.

The Loyola Phoenix interviews Mountain Goats bassist Peter Hughes.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat reviews the band's new album, The Life of the World to Come.

Padgett Powell talks to Minnesota Public Radio about his novel, The Interrogative Mood, which consists entirely of questions.

The Audiolife blog lists five music industry leaders you should follow on Twitter.

At Monitor Mix, Carrie Brownstein recounts her calming first experiences with The Buddha Machine.

Win a copy of They Might be Giants' new children's book, Kids Go!, in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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