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April 16, 2010

Shorties (Deerhoof, Tom McCarthy, and more)

PopMatters interviews Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.


Paper Cuts interviews author Tom McCarthy.


The Boston Globe interviews Steve Almond about his new memoir, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.


The Quietus interviews Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas about Record Store Day.


Entertainment Weekly lists 18 books it "can't wait to read this summer."


The Birmingham News profiles My Morning Jacket.


KCRW's Bookworm interviews poet John Ashbery.


Guardian readers share their record store memories.


Underwire interviews Peter Bagge about his new graphic novel, Other Lives.


Matt Pond talks to the Lincoln Journal Star about the criticism of his new album, The Dark Leaves.

"I think there's an enjoyment in it," Pond said of the criticism. "It's kind of like a sport. ... We've kind of been put in their crosshairs. I don't mind criticism if it comes from a music listener standpoint. But skimming over the record in 20 minutes and writing something mean isn't criticism."


NPR's Morning Edition recommends books for National Poetry Month.


The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles Titus Andronicus and the band's new album, The Monitor.

Somehow, it's also a lot of fun, sounding like Paul Westerberg leading The Pogues down a dark alley to a secret bar that never closes. Still, it's clearly atypical, for any genre. Most bands would have stuck with something safer for the difficult second album, but Titus Andronicus' songwriter, Patrick Stickles, said he never thought twice.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Mark Kurlansky's new book, The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris.


The April issue of Word Riot is out, and contains an excerpt from Noah Cicero's new novel The Insurgent.


HeardonTV.com lists songs used in television series.


The nominees for the 2009 Shirley Jackson Awards have been named. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Victor LaValle, Brian Evenson, and Nick Antosca.


On sale at Amazon MP3: Butch Walker's 12-track I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart album for $3.99.


More Intelligent Life interviews the new editor of the Paris Review, Lorin Stein.


Quasi visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Boston Globe lists 100 essential books about New England written by local authors.


Movieline lists the greatest music videos based on movies.


At Salon, Elif Batuman examines seven unproduced screenplays by famous intellectuals.


Win 10 packs of baseball cards and a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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)
daily mp3 downloads
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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