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March 30, 2010

Shorties (David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Sleigh Bells, and more)

NPR is streaming the new album by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love (out April 6th).

BBC Radio 1 profiles Sleigh Bells.

After carving a bunch of throbbing-pop songs they only started playing shows in September 2009. Their speaker-melting mix of MIA intensity and party-rock has since been the talk of industry festivals CMJ and this month's SXSW.

The New Yorker features a new short story by Janet Frame.

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard discusses the band's environmental initiatives with Reuters.

Author Rebecca Skloot is guest blogging at the Powells Books Blog.

Galleycat lists the best Passover books for children.

The Guardian examines the resurgence of music on cassette.

The Atlantic previews the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood.

The New Yorker profiles author Ian McEwan.

The Los Angeles Times reviews last weekend's Big Ears music festival.

Big Ears, now in its second year, is the love child of Bonnaroo co-founder Ashley Capps, who started his career in this mid-size Southern city booking concerts at the University of Tennessee. A seamlessly staged, highly stimulating weekend exposing the circuitry that connects art music from the academy to Brooklyn home studios to L.A. clubs such as the Smell (Abe Vigoda's home), Big Ears celebrates sounds that fulfill one definition of "rococo": "characterized by elaborate but graceful, light, ornamentation, often containing asymmetrical motifs."

On sale at Amazon MP3: David Bowie's 9-track The Man Who Sold the World for $3.68.

New York Magazine profiles Lady Gaga, and examines how she became the world's biggest pop star.

Wye Oak plays a tiny desk concert for NPR Music.

The first issue of Jeff Lemire's comic Sweet Tooth is available to read online.

NPR is streaming the new Dr. Dog album, Shame, Shame (out April 6th), in its entirety.

Win all five Scott Pilgrim graphic novels in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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