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June 9, 2009

Shorties (Sunset Rubdown, Summer Reading, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Sunset Rubdown album Dragonslayer, in its entirety.


Slate lists a collection of first person narratives for your summer reading.


The Louisville Courier-Journal previews this year's Bonnaroo music festival.


PopMatters interviews Rhett Miller of the Old 97's about his new self-titled solo album.


MusicRadar lists 10 cult rock movies you need to see.


The Book Depository has author Richie Unterberger list his top 10 music books.


Paste interviews Iggy Pop about his new album, Preliminaires.


NPR's Morning Edition profiles author Sarah Waters, and excerpts from her new novel, The Little Stranger.


Songkick is a social network built around your live music experiences. Build a profile with your previous concerts, browse through thousands of setlists, and upload photos from the shows you have scene.


School Library Journal reviews graphic novel adaptations of literary classics.


The Los Angeles Times profiles the woman who typed F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Last Tycoon.


Gibson lists 5 of the most enigmatic musicians.


A Billboard.biz article examines a survey of independent record store customers.


Five Chapters is serializing new short fiction by Maile Maloy.


At NPR's All Things Considered, author Kate Christensen shares her "guilty pleasure" reading.


Robot 6 interviews cartoonist/musician Nate Powell.

O’Shea: Given your love of music (as evidenced by your years running Harlan Records) and more recently, your new band Universe–do you ever work out storytelling challenges in your musical pursuits and vice versa?

Powell: Yes, but usually narratives are lent to whatever medium works better. I was in a band from ’92 to 2007 called Soophie Nun Squad that had lots of narrative focus in its songs—we did skits, rock operettes, lots of hip hop narrative, and reflexive song referencing. Soophie was also comprised of many visual and performance artists, so we all leaned on the side of wanting to tell stories. After Soophie, I was a one-person narrative hardcore band called Wait. Wait was an attempt to bridge these two creative sides; I’d yell and play bass with a slide show or flash-card sequence, or a little busted puppetry. A more recent project called Divorce Chord had narrative focus as well, but my new band Universe is intentionally un-narrative, with the exception of one song thus far. Universe covers ground I miss by NOT doing zines and shorter comics so much anymore—the songs are more emotionally raw and immediate, less filtered, and more reactionary at times.


At NPR Music, the Great Lake Swimmers play a tiny desk concert.


Grizzly Bear visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Help me clean out some room on my bookshelves and CD cases with this week's Largehearted Boy contest, where I am giving away 25 books and 25 CDs.


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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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