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May 31, 2010

Shorties (Stream Blitzen Trapper's New Album, Roseanne Cash, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Blitzen Trapper album, Destroyer of the Void (out June 8th).

Publishers Weekly interviews singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash.

Paste lists 10 June albums worth checking out.

The Independent interviews Bret Easton Ellis about his new novel, Imperial Bedrooms.

Yet it seems like people will never get tired of probing you about how much of your fiction is autobiographical.

I wonder why? No other authors – when I read about them – get asked this. Michael Chabon doesn't get asked this. Jonathan Franzen doesn't get asked this. Jonathan Lethem doesn't get asked this. I get asked this. Maybe because I'm just not as good a writer as they are.

Mufin is an online music discovery engine.

Download Squad lists 10 awesome ways to find new music online.

In New York Magazine, six writers (including William Gibson, Rebecca Skloot, and others) offer their favorite books, genre by genre.

The New York Times excerpts from G. Willow Wilson's new memoir, The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam.

Today is the last day to pick up this month's 100 albums for $5 at Amazon MP3, including:

Caribou's Swim
Damien Jurado's Saint Bartlett
She & Him's Volume 2

The New York Times interviews filmmaker John Waters about his new book, Role Models.

Spinner lists the best memorial songs.

The New York Times examines the re-emergence of the music video.

The happy comeback of the music video, a form once considered nearly obsolete, has many sources. Only the most obvious involve changes in the music business. Culturally, the most significant reason music videos are popular again is that they express a very contemporary, entirely YouTube style and even ideology. In short, they’re garish, clumsy, erratic, dirty and densely allusive; they seem to come from the margins, back alleys and black markets of commercial culture.

Win a copy of Belle Boggs' new short story collection, Mattaponi Queen along with a jar of the author's homemade jam 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)
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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)
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