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May 27, 2009

Shorties (Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Bon Iver, and more)

NPR is streaming the Crosby, Stills and Nash Demos album in its entirety.

JamBase profiles Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

But, as much as critics have sunk their teeth into the "guy in a cabin" mythology, the real story is what happened to that guy once the world sunk its teeth into his first batch of songs. The beast that is the music industry has a way of screwing-up success stories, whether through inflating egos, exposure to excess or the artificial bubble it's been known to build around current stars. But, Vernon and his Bon Iver cohorts have thus far avoided the many pitfalls a rock & roll lifestyle will offer.

The Los Angeles Times Pop & Hiss blog reviews the new Grizzly Bear album, Veckatimest.

Veckatimest” is a gorgeously refined statement that isn’t content to merely be pretty — a rippling current electrifies even its most gossamer of moments.

The Village Voice profiles Naomi Shelton.

Roth is king of Daptone Records' neo-funk empire, producing and playing with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the Budos Band, and others, while shepherding Naomi & the Queens along to cult status via their Fat Cat residency and now, the group's Daptone debut, a funky fender-bender called What Have You Done, My Brother?. "What people really hear from us is the gospel sound, but with the nightclub beat," Shelton assesses. "It's like the everything bagel—you throw in a little of this and a little of that."

The San Antonio Current profiles Girl in a Coma.

While rock bands often feel a need to stick to one clearly defined genre, Girl in a Coma blends a variety of styles, sometimes within the same song. “In the Day” features a danceable rhythm and blues vibe, while “Slaughter Lane” delves into a retro Tex-Mex blues sound before exploding into an aggressive punk-rock outro. The album ends with a cover of “Ven Cerca” by Los Spitfires, the first song Girl in a Coma has recorded in Spanish. Altogether, Trio B.C. is one of the most refreshingly diverse rock albums of recent years.

NME reveals the musical taste of the Manchester United soccer team.

RIP, Plan B magazine.

At NME's The Bands' Blog, Jarvis Cocker gives a track-by-track rundown of his new album, Further Complications.

Mashable lists nonfiction authors to follow on Twitter.

Total Film lists 7 books that could be the next Twilight.

Getting Boys To Read aims to get young men enjoying books.

GOOD recommends places to filnd summer books on the internet (thanks to the commenter who recommended my Book Notes series).

I am keeping a list of the year's summer reading lists at Delicious.

Alice Munro has won the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.

The A.V. Club interviews the Pet Shop Boys.

Stream the entire film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five at Hulu.

Exclaim! profiles Rock Plaza Central.

Paste lists music bloggers worth following on Twitter.

WOXY has kicked off the 2009 edition of its Modern Rock 500.

Drowned in Sound kicks off Grizzly Bear Week with a gumbo recipe from drummer Christopher Bear, and the band lists the top cover versions of its songs.

At NPR's All Things Considered, Augusten Burroughs recommends books to make you feel like a kid again.

NPR lists its summer reading suggestions.

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.

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

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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