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August 17, 2009


In the New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones profiles legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Oprah Magazine lists books First Lady Michelle Obama has been reported reading recently.

Time Out Dubai interviews singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

The Globe and Mail profiles Canadian rock camps for girls.

"It's not really about the music anyway," says Jean Greig, a local musician who helps run the Peterborough camp, which has sold out its 40 spots every year since it started in 2005. "It's about empowerment for the girls, with music as the medium. The underlying focus isn't on girls playing guitar, it's about girls at a particularly vulnerable age taking risks and expressing themselves."

Paste's band of the week is The Features.

The Features hail from Middle Tennessee, but have more in common with their musical peers across the pond than with their country neighbors. “I grew up listening to mostly British music, to be honest. The Kinks, The Beatles, that type of stuff,” says guitarist Matt Pelham. “And Rollum, the drummer, learned to play drums [by listening to] Duran Duran, so I guess musically we kind of come from a more British background.”

PopMatters continues its history of Casablanca Records.

The New Yorker features a new short story by Dave Eggers.

At Oprah Magazine, actor Jon Hamm (Mad Men) discusses the books that made a difference to him.

I really like my generation of novelists—Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, and Jonathan Franzen—and the way they can tell a story and make it interesting, make it deep, make it funny and yet incredibly touching.

Pitchfork is counting down the top 500 tracks of the 2000s.

The Big Read of Charlotte and Mecklenburg county of North Carolina offer an audiobook of Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird (read by local celebrities).

Some album bargains at Amazon MP3:

Cobra Starship's 12-track Hot Mess> for $3.99
Delbert McClinton's 14-track Acquired Taste for $1.99
The Doors' 12-track L.A. Woman for $2.99
Joe Henry's 13-track Blood from Stars for $3.99
Mindy Smith's 13-track Stupid Love for $3.99
Warren Zevon's 13-track Excitable Boy for $2.99

USA Today offers a 10-page preview of the new Astro Boy comic (the comic book version of the new film adaptation).

The Band Next Door is a music blog focusing on Australian artists.

Jessica Hopper talks to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about her book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, and lists 5 women who "expanded the horizon for women in rock."

Read Hopper's Led-Zeppelin heavy Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

1979 Semi-Finalist lists the 100 best comic book covers.

Win three Spy vs. Spy comics compilations in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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