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May 25, 2009

Shorties (Nina Persson, Jay Bennett, and more)

New York Magazine profiles Cardigans singer Nina Persson and her new project, A Camp.

Persson still affects a pixieish style and she remains the lead singer of the Cardigans, but pretty much everything else has changed. For one thing, she’s no longer a pop star in America; the Cardigans’ brand of music—which tends to mask quasi-masochistic tales of love in a lush, alt-rock package—isn’t, as it turns out, all that Top-40 friendly outside of Europe. But that’s provided time to develop a side project, A Camp, a trio that includes Larson and fellow Swede Niclas Frisk (another nineties survivor, formerly of Atomic Swing).


RIP, Jay Bennett.


Literary tourists are visiting Flannery O'Connor's farm in droves.


Filter profiles Great Northern.

Great Northern embraces a multitude of contradictions. Though it is a band, it’s really a duo both in love and music. The couple, comprised of Rachel Stolte and Solon Bixler, possesses a moniker that suggests a land high- up and icy, but it dwells in the warm western climes of Los Angeles. Though it’s part of the L.A. indie rock world of much sound and fury, Great Northern’s music is hauntingly melodic and weaves intricate layers of vocals and sonics with poetic passion. Given this, the idea of meeting Stolte and Bixler in L.A.’s vast and verdant Griffith Park made sense, as opposed to, say, some industrial Angeleno strip-mall bar.


On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Mandy Moore's new 10-track album, Amanda Leigh.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch makes its summer reading suggestions.


The Chicago Tribune profiles author Neil Gaiman.

He goes where his fancy takes him, roving restlessly wherever his imagination leads: films, comic books, non-fiction, novels, performances. He is a droll and entertaining reader of his own work, a task he often undertakes at public appearances, where Gaiman's dark, scruffy good looks and black leather jacket say "writer" loud and clear. His audiences run the age gamut, but he has a special affinity for the ones still young enough and smart enough to believe in ghosts.


Billboard examines how Twitter is changing the music business.


This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away six new classic short story collections, including books by Herman Melville, Dostoyevsky, Willa Cather, Stephen Crane, Oscar Wilde, and Leo Tolstoy.


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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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