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June 6, 2009

Shorties (Iggy Pop, Summer Songs, and more)

Iggy Pop talks to the Los Angeles Times about his music career and new album, Preliminaires.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog lists the 2009 songs of the summer.

The Los Angeles Times examines the "literary antecedents" to the new animated film, Up. kicks off its series of interviews with musicians who are playing this year's Latitude Festival.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best graveyard scenes in literature.

Salon gets summer reading suggestions fro authors Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, and others.

The Washington Post's Post Rock blog interviews Amadou & Mariam's Amadou Bagayoko.

A bunch of young, white indie-rock bands from New York have been incorporating Afropop elements into their music lately: Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer, Harlem Shakes, Dirty Projectors. Are you cool with them appropriating your music?

Yes, indeed. Because we African musicians have always integrated pop and rock into our music. So the other way around is rather cool for us. It's part of that global idea we have about music, making it international.

Evan Dando of the Lemonheads takes the San Francisco Chronicle's pop quiz.

Putumayo World Music, the record label that puts out some of today's most interesting world music compilations, has started a blog.

The National Post reviews Sara Barron's new essay collection, People Are Unappealing.

People have likened Barron to David Sedaris, but she’s more closely rated to Nora Ephron, except crasser and more self-deprecating. She doesn’t feel bad about her neck, she feels bad about her FUPA, an acronym for a portion of the body that really can’t be spelled out in a family newspaper. She feels bad about lots of other things, too — going to an overpriced drama school, having a bad attitude about hawking breadsticks at the Olive Garden, leaving a midget in the lurch mid-date — mining these and other quotidian experiences to funny effect.

RIP, singer-songwriter Jeff Hanson.

Urban Outfitters is offering a 23-track free compilation album, LSTN #5 at iTunes.

The New York Times reviews C. Tyler's new graphic novel, "You'll Never Know."

“ ‘You’ll Never Know’ ” unfolds like a rambling reminiscence, except without the boring parts. It skitters around in time, every observation setting off another memory or meditation or visual flourish. Tyler’s artwork flutters between representation, fantasy and symbolism, sometimes even in the same panel, but her stylistic virtuosity is a steadfast guide through her chronology’s loops and pivots.

St. Vincent visits The Current Studios for an interview and live performance.

The Guardian examines Jonathan Ross's new Twitter book club.

At NPR's Books We Like, Maud Newton reviews (and presents an excerpt from) Sarah Waters' new novel, The Little Stranger.

Class anxiety is the animating force behind Waters' fifth book, The Little Stranger, a suspenseful and psychologically layered haunted-house story set in the aftermath of World War II, when the fading gentry collided with the emerging professional class that would once have been the help.

NPR's Weekend Edition interviews EELS frontman Mark Everett about the band's new album, Hombre Lobo.

Read Alina Simone's Largehearted Boy interview with Everett.

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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