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April 13, 2010

Shorties (Merle Haggard, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and more)

NPR is streaming Merle Haggard's new album, I Am What I Am (out April 20th), in its entirety.

Congratulations to Paul Harding for winning the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel Tinkers. Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Lydia Millet was a finalist for her short story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys.

The Independent ponders the folly of bands making albums for children.

We all love to imagine that our offspring are sophisticated, cultured and discerning individuals who, given the chance, would choose artfully composed pop music over mass-produced pap. In most cases, however, they will go for the pap. Trying to mould children's musical tastes at such a young age seems to me an arrogant, not to say futile exercise.

Joe Hill talks to the Guardian about his latest novel, Horns.

The Calgary Herald profiles Ghostkeeper.

Key to the band's sound is Ghostkeeper's peculiar vocal inflections, a unique delivery that seems to mix stuttering spoken-word, punk irreverence and the occasional deep-blues howl.

Clash interviews Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls.

The Atlantic examines the future costs of illegal music downloading.

Scotland on Sunday interviews Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi about his new solo album, Go.

DOA interviews Fred Schneider of the B-52s. has halted on-demand streaming.

At the Independent, musicians explain how punk changed their life.

NPR's Morning Edition interviews singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant about her new album, Leave Your Sleep.

Prefix offers a guide to Saturday's Record Store Day.

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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