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April 13, 2009

Shorties (Black Joe Lewis, Will Oldham, and more)

Paste's band of the week is Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.

When you watch Black Joe Lewis enthrall a crowd of hipsters with soul riffs hotter than Bo Diddley’s kitchen stove, keep one thing in mind: the 27-year-old performer is still figuring out just what he’s capable of. On Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is, Lewis' first full-length album, (out March 17 via Lost Highway) the soul screamer and his Honeybears band combine an instantly familiar sound with a raw, modern potential and an uppercut-quick delivery (the album's ten tracks clock in at less than 35 minutes). But, Lewis says, “A lot of the times I find that when we go in to record, a couple months later, I’ll be like, 'Damn, I wish we could go back and record again, because I’m a better musician now.'"

BlackBook profiles singer-songwriter-actor Will Oldham.

For someone long mislabeled as a kind of iconoclastic loner, Oldham has a genuine love of collaboration and a profoundly wicked sense of humor. His back catalog may conjure visions of a troubled troubadour, but he is as likely to be biking, spending time with his mom or listening to hip-hop as he is to be hanging out in the woods strumming on a guitar. “I get really frustrated by the lack of cross-pollination happening in music,” he says. “I know people typically associate me with country and Americana and folk music, but I don’t. It’s frustrating that people won’t allow you to feel the same—or justified—by enjoying wildly different kinds of things.”

The Independent wonders why modern literature is so obsessed with historical settings.

Wikipedia lists songs that retell a work of literature.

The A.V. Club lists musicians who took acting roles.

BBC News has news of a Bollywood-style theater adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Chris Adrian, "A Tiny Feast."

Delusions of Adequacy interviews singer-songwriter DM Stith.

Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by David Schickler.

The Guardian profiles UK record stores as they prepare for Record Store Day, and gathers praise from indie rockers for indie stores.

Six Revisions lists 30 music websites for design inspiration.

Covering the Mouse is a music blog that features cover songs from Disney films.

T-shirt of the day: "Da Vinci Rock Man"

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from A Faulty Chromosome.

This week's LHB contest features a new Daniel Johnston art book as the prize.

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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


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