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May 30, 2010

Shorties (Band of Horses, Summer Reading Suggestions, and more)

Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell talks to the Bend Bulletin about the band's new album, Infinite Arms.

Morning Edition gets summer reading suggestions from independent booksellers.

RIP, Dennis Hopper.

Oprah lists 10 great summer books to read right now.

Spin lists the 25 summer albums that matter most.

Writers share their summer reading suggestions with the Wall Street Journal.

The Toronto Star profiles the Avett Brothers.

Codex interviews Jeff Parker about his new short story collection, The Taste of Penny.

The Arizona Daily Sun shares summer reading suggestions.

The Times Online profiles Ariel Pink.

Pink, the cult artist's cult artist, is being hailed as the forerunner of "chillwave", that hazy, sun-bleached, bedroom-studio synth pop currently made by blog sensations from America such as Washed Out, Memory Tapes, Neon Indian and Toro y Moi. Lovely as those acts' music is, however, it would be wrong simply to label Pink — born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg in Hollywood in 1978 — as the godfather of chillwave. He brings a sense of transgression to his songs, as he buries his achingly pretty melodies beneath a blur of static and hiss, making them sound like degraded-tape versions of 1980s hits, heard through a wall, in a semi-dream state. To Pink, all great popular music, in crossing the boundaries of what is acceptable in the mainstream, is transgressive, as with his idols, Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. "It's pop — that’s what makes it transgressive. The Beatles were transgressive," he says.

Billboard lists the tp 20 music Twitter posts of the week.

The Los Angeles Times interviews Daniel Clowes about his new graphic novel Wilson.

The Louisville Courier-Journal examines the enduring tradition of requesting Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" at concerts.

The Toronto Star interviews cartoonist James Sturm about his live without the internet.

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