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May 3, 2009

Shorties (Amanda Palmer, Chuck Palahniuk, and more)

Amanda Palmer talks to the Boston Herald about her high school play based on Neutral Milk Hotel's album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

“These kids, this experience, is so inspiring and so passionate,” said Amanda Palmer, one-half of the punk-cabaret Dresden Dolls and a 1994 graduate of Lexington High School, which is putting on a musical based on the indie cult album “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” “It’s thrifty, profound, high-quality theater that happens to have been created by high school students,” she said.

The Baltimore Sun's Read Street blog interviews author Chuck Palahniuk.

Favorite childhood author -- I read Erma Bombeck's humor writing like crazy when I was little, books with titles like The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, and If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? She'd write about alcoholism and the same really dark topics in suburbia that John Cheever was writing about, but she'd write about it in a really light way. Check out some of her books. You'll see.

Emerging Writers Network is celebrating short story month with a series of short fiction reviews.

The Toronto Star profiles author and artist Leanne Shapton.

The Guardian examines the long and influential career of Devo.

Now the band who started out as a student in-joke find themselves touring long after their less sharp contemporaries have called it a day, sustained by the admiration of a whole new generation of 80s-obsessed outsiders. As 60-year-old bassist, synth player and group founder Casale explains backstage at the band's appearance at this year's South By SouthWest festival: "There are a number of bands who I hear aspects of ourselves in. I love MSTRKRFT, Santigold and the Kills – not the Killers – and these bands all say nice things about how Devo inspired them."

The Observer profiles Kim and Kelley Deal of the Breeders.

Barnes & Noble is giving away 9 free mp3 audiobook short stories, including fiction by Kurt Vonnegut, Jonathan Lethem, Alice Munro, and Junot Diaz.

Waste some time with the David Lee Roth soundboard.

On sale for 99 cents at Amazon MP3: Ornette Coleman's 6-track albium, The Shape Of Jazz To Come.

Free at Amazon MP3: Lookout Records 9-track sampler, Be on the Lookout (Ted Leo, Oranges band, etc).

The Times Online profiles Brooklyn, "indie music central."

The Observer profiles four of Britain's top young poets.

The Vancouver Sun lists the top 10 travel songs.

The National Post offers an overview of Scott Pilgrim's Toronto.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of Mogwai's recent NYC performance.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Low vs. Diamond.

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: three Harvey Pekar graphic novels, including his latest, The Beats: A Graphic History.

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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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