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April 14, 2010

Shorties (The National, One Nine Nine Four: A Punk Rock Documentary, and more)

Pitchfork features a new mp3 from the National's High Violet album (out May 11th).

One Nine Nine Four is a documentary film about punk rock in the 90s.

Niteside interviews members of Au Revoir Simone.

True/Slant lists the worst band names ever.

CNN profiles Quasi.

"American Gong" (Kill Rock Stars), the latest album from the Portland, Oregon, band, does not jump from your speakers so much as it detonates them. The group's eighth studio album finds the band moving even further from its drums-and-keyboards '90s sound to a raucous, primal guitar-rock record.

Virgule interviews Steven Amsterdam about his debut story collection, Things We Didn't See Coming.

Author Katie Crouch shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

Author Marisa Silver is guest posting this week at The Elegant Variation.

The Associated Press notes the posthumous musical success of Fela Kuti.

Justin Kramon has started a blog focusing on the writing and publishing his debut novel Finny.

PopMatters explains why country music is the new classic rock.

Kitty Kelley talks to NPR's Morning Edition about her new book, Oprah: A Biography.

The Guardian lists the top 10 seafaring tales in literature.

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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