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April 28, 2010

Shorties (Stream the New CocoRosie Album, Dan Clowes, and more)

Stream the new CocoRosie album, Grey Oceans, in its entirety.

Time Out New York interviews Dan Clowes about his new graphic novel, Wilson.

Part of what is so interesting about Wilson is the form: 77 discrete chapters, or sections.

I thought any subject that popped into my head, I could do a Wilson strip about. That was the appeal. I liked the idea of having a Charlie Brown—you know, a character you could just use for anything. It felt like he had this internal self-sustaining humor mechanism where he never quite learns from anything. Then I hooked into the idea of actually trying to tell a story, kind of in between the comic strips, with this guy.

At The Awl, Maura Johnston responds to the recent Atlantic article about the decreased relevancy of record stores.

Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison talks to the Boston Herald about songwriting.

In the Guardian, Esther Reud lists the top 10 love stories in literature.

The Faster Times interviews Horse Feathers frontman Justin Ringle.

Dead Confederate bassist Brady Senn talks to the Charleston City Paper about the band's sound.

"I'd like to think that people appreciate the realness of the music and that it harkens back to what made rock 'n' roll good to begin with, like guitar solos and no overly polished electronic stuff," says Senn. "People either really like it or really hate that it's not there. And every song has something violent in it ... or something dealing with mortality. It's not gothic or anything, but not everything's roses."

The Kentucky Kernel talks to University of Kentucky baseball players about their walk-up music.

From Drake to Randy Houser, bumping bass to twangy tunes, the song represents the player each time he plays, like his uniform number. It is a part of a player’s identity and in baseball, the most individual of team sports, that counts for something.

The LimeWire Music Blog interviews Tijinder Singh of Cornershop about the band's new album, Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast.

The Guardian Music Blog uses Bret Michaels as an example of musicians reminding us about our own mortality.

The San Antonio Current profiles Cage the Elephant.

The Independent reviews Michael Chabon's latest essay collection, Manhood for Amateurs.

Manhood for Amateurs is a resolutely enquiring, robust and funny exploration into the tricky business of being a passionate amateur man – the nerd, geek and fanboy in all of us guys.

The Faster Times ranks fiction literary magazines.

The Top 13 lists the most essential live albums.

NPR's All Things Considered recommends three books to "get you out of a political wilderness."

Mondrian is streaming a song about subjects close to my heart, "Large Hearted Girls."

NPR is streaming Owen Pallett's recent NYC Webster Hall performance, which is also available as an mp3 download at nyctaper.

Win a copy of The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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