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April 23, 2010

Shorties (Hole, Twitter for Book Addicts, and more)

The Guardian is streaming Hole's new album, Nobody's Daughter (out April 27th).


The Telegraph examines Twitter as a book addict's paradise.


Spinner's band of the week is Villagers.

Conor O'Brien, the youthful creative behind Villagers, is responsible for some of the most interesting indie-folk to come out of Ireland for some time, with his debut album, 'Becoming a Jackal,' due from Domino Records on May 24.


At The Rumpus, Jami Attenberg interviews authors David Goodwillie and Teddy wayne.


The Guardian talks to bands about their websites.


KCRW's Bookworm interviews Elif Batuman about her book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.


PopMatters interviews music critic Greil Marcus.


The Guardian profiles the National and the band's new album, High Violet (out May 11th).

Because Berninger sounds like a polite Nick Cave and suffers like a literate Chris Martin, the National's music is often described as elegiac, when in truth, it's more uplifting than that. The rhythms are much too urgent to be called stately. The juxtaposition between the singer's mournful baritone and the joyous guitar lines and vocal harmonies is a defining characteristic of their sound. "You have to trust a voice like that," says friend and neighbour Sufjan Stevens. "He sings like an older brother with a dark side. He'll protect you on the playground, but he's not afraid to tell it like it is, and he'll kick you in the face if he has to."


The Philadelphia Folk Festival has posted its 2010 lineup.


Click Track reports that Joanna Newsom and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will guest on the forthcoming Roots album.


Morning Edition talks to the director of No One Knows About Persian Cats, a film about Iranian rock musicians.


On sale at Amazon MP3: The Heavy's 11-track The House That Dirt Built album for $2.99.


Fresh Air interviews Sarah Silverman about her new book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. An excerpt from the book is also presented.


Win the new Willie Mays biography, Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend, 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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