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March 3, 2010

Shorties (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Barry Hannah, and more)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs members share their current music playlists with the Guardian.

The Oxford American and New York Times remember author Barry Hannah. sees economic potential in music "mini-albums."

Dotted Music previews the 2010 edition of the Coachella music festival.

The Varsity interviews author Neil Smith.

Cartoonist Joe Sacco shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

G News reports that Tim Burton will help bring Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter to the big screen.

Artinfo examines the artwork of Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.

Rocks Off lists songs all self-respecting Texans should have on their iPods.

The Village Voice profiles Titus Andronicus.

The Monitor thus starts off quite aggressively, on the front lines, ready to wage war with marching drums and frenetic guitar juxtaposed with shout-outs to both minor-league baseball team the Newark Bears and martyred abolitionist John Brown. Throughout its 10 tracks, Stickles drops a slew of inside references to parties gone sour, iconic Jersey highways, and descriptions of the Northeast, particularly Boston, where he tried (and failed) to drop anchor after college. Droning atmospherics mix with power-pop chords on songs like, "A Pot in Which to Piss," wherein Stickles slyly recalls the perils of a swirly: "I've been called out, cuckolded, castrated, but I survived/I am covered in urine and excrement, but I'm alive/And there's a white flag in my pocket never to be unfurled/Though with their hands 'round my ankles, they bring me down for another swirl/And they tell me, 'Take it easy, buddy, it's not the end of the world.'

The California Literary Review reviews Julie Klausner's new book, I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated.

Artinfo reviews Joanna Newsom's new album, Have One on Me.

Even at seven minutes into a song—or perhaps more accurately, exactly because it is seven minutes into a song—there is never a lack of new things to say as the lyrics poke through cottony layers of sound. It's what Freud called the uncanny, that undertow of things at once new but somehow familiar that all great art has, and that Newsom effortlessly sustains with her echolalian vocabulary of Applachia-Americana-folk-roots-mystical-classical—the harp is her primary instrument for God's sake—in songs that can never be reduced to mere verse, chorus, bridge or, one can scarcely imagine, a hook.

WXPN's World Cafe interviews singer-songwriter Allison Moorer.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best fogs in literature.

NPR shares a 100-track streaming music mix of 2010 SXSW performing acts.

Publishers Weekly examines the trend of graphic novel writers turning to Kickstart to fund their projects.

Free at Amazon MP3: the 8-track Frenchkiss Records Super Sampler album (Local Natives, Dodos, The Antlers, and more).

Tom Williams is funding the writing of his book, Sound Through Sight: A Gonzo Road Trip To Understand Music In 2010, through a Kickstarter pledge drive.

NPR's All Things Considered interviews Heidi Durrow about her exceptional debut novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

Read Durrow's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

Brightest Young Things interviews Gina Welch about her new book, In the Land of Believers: An Outsider's Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church.

Win poetry books by Ryan Adams and Silver Jews frontman David Berman 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)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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