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November 19, 2009

Shorties (Sufjan Stevens, The National Book Awards, and more)

Stereo Subversion lovingly profiles singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens and his music.

The New York Times ArtsBeat blog looks to the history of the National Book Awards and its selections.

Jacket Copy wraps up last night's National Book Awards ceremony and winners.

Myspace has added music charts.

SEE interviews Charles F of Winter Gloves.

“I don’t think we have this Montreal sound at all,” Charles says. “For me, the Montreal sound a couple of years ago was Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, and a bunch of bands influenced by British music and being dark with a lot of reverb. In Montreal a lot of people like dirty music and I don’t feel like Winter Gloves is a part of that. There are more bands playing with keyboards and vintage loops, so I feel like we belong to the Montreal scene more than the Montreal sound."

Melissa Auf der Maur shares her iPod top 10 with the Montreal Gazette.

The Globe and Mail profiles the rise of The Rural Alberta Advantage into the public eye.

But the intimate and lively music of love and loss, memories of yesterday and imaginations of tomorrow, sparked devotion one person at a time online. Starting with a glowing review on Halifax blog Herohill through to exposure a year ago at music retailer, the band's slow and steady stroll to attention arrived in Austin, Tex., in March at South by Southwest. A deal with a stalwart American indie label, Saddle Creek of Omaha, Neb., followed.

The Reno News Review profiles singer-songwriter Marry Mannor.

Guerrero mentions “Ms. Sanders” as a personal favorite on Come Home. The title of the song, in a move sure to inspire some nerd crushes, is an obscure Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference. But the song is a sort of delirious, allegorical rumination on loss, with Guerrero’s high, yearning voice lilting, “My hands, my hands, my hands, they don’t dig like they used to …”

io9 lists 20 eagerly anticipated 2010 science fiction novels.

Monitor Mix waxes nostalgic for the music blogs of the '00s and shares screenshots of several in their earlier incarnations (including Largehearted Boy).

Gilbert Hernandez talks to Comic Book Resources about his new graphic novel, The Troublemakers.

Cage the Elephant's 11-track self-titled album is on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99.

Singer-songwriter Brendan Benson visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music 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