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April 29, 2010

Shorties (Amanda Palmer, Maung Thara, and more)

Amanda Palmer talks to the Prague Post about her Evelyn, Evelyn concept album.


The Guardian profiles jailed Burmese writer Maung Thara.

Maung Thura, better known as Zarganar, is a Burmese writer, poet, activist and comedian, most recently arrested for leading a private relief effort to deliver aid to victims of cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma in May 2008. When it became clear that the government was obstructing international aid to the devastated Irrawaddy delta and surrounding areas, Zarganar led efforts to raise and distribute aid from private donors.


Paste interviews singer-songwriter Robert Francis.


The Georgia Straight profiles the Besnard Lakes.

"I think that it’s a fair assessment," he says when asked about the record being labelled "prog" by four out of five reviewers. "I always hear from people that they are really quite confused on what to call it, so I think prog is easiest because it sort of encompasses a kind of wider range of styles. I never thought that Pink Floyd was prog rock, but people say it is."


The Quietus interviews Richard H. Kirk about resurrecting the Cabaret Voltaire name to create new music.


The Oregonian interviews Dandy Warhols drummer Brent DeBoer about his solo album, The Farmer.


Rock That Font is a blog dedicated to rock album cover typography.


Serious Eats lists five great books about chocolate.


Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks to Spinner about the band's new album, Heaven Is Whenever (out May 4th).


The San Francisco Chronicle profiles graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang.


The San Francisco Bay Guardian interviews singer-songwriter Baby Dee.


The MetaFilter community recommends netlabels that share free and legal music.


The Guardian examines the Irish Music Rights Organization's royalty claims against Irish music bloggers.


Win a copy of The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia 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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