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June 2, 2009

Shorties (Dirty Projectors, The Coraline Musical, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Dirty Projectors album, Bitte Orca, in its entirety.

The Hollywood Reporter reviews the stage musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.

The Escapist examines the nerdcore music movement.

The Guardian and Daily Mail profile Julie Kavanagh, the ex-girlfriend of author Martin Amis.

The Guardian's Organ Grinder blog continues its critical dissection of the television series, The Wire, with a critique of the second episode of season two.

In the Guardian, Ian MacKenzie lists the top 10 artworks in novels.

St. Vincent's Annie Clark talks to the Chicago Tribune's Turn It Up blog about her album, Actor.

“I wanted all this ornate orchestration, but the drums had to be simple,” she says. “Let it groove. That’s one of the things that makes the songs feel much easier to listen to than they might otherwise. You’re on a little cart taking you through the Disneyland ride, but you have the drums carrying you through the journey.”

The University of Pittsburgh's literary magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, is holding a fiction contest (to be judged by Tom Perrotta).

NPR's Books We Like reviews and excerpts from Eva Hoffman's new novel, Appasionista.

The Futurist has finalized the 2009 edition of its Modern Rock 500.

Drowned in Sound recaps May's music releases.

Seven magazine explains why the Arcade Fire sound should not be imitated.

The June issue of Bookslut is online, and contains interviews with Colm Toibin and Reif Larsen.

At Drowned in Sound, Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste lists his top 11 animated GIFs.

Filter employees list their favorite albums of 2009 (so far).

Read a 25-page excerpt of Osamu Tezuka's graphic novel, Swallowing the Earth.

Enter this week's Largehearted Boy contest for a chance to win Osamu Tezuka's 8-volume Buddha graphic novel series.

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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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