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May 7, 2010

Shorties (Beer and Music, Beer and Books, and more)

Flavorwire matches beers with music.

At Brews and Books, I pair a beer with a book as part of the site's Book and a Beer feature.

Spin interviews Mike Patton about his new album, Mondo Cane.

The Boston Globe reviews Steve Almond's memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.

A.V. Club Chicago interviews indie rock poet Thax Douglas about his move to Austin.

Guardian readers recommend songs with indecipherable lyrics.

The Wall Street Journal previews this year's U.S. summer music festivals.

Aquarian Weekly interviews Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene.

NME lists 10 tracks you have to hear this week.

The Oregonian profiles Hosannas.

The sound of "Then & Now & Then" at times recalls bands like Animal Collective and Deer Hunter, whose experimental approach to pop is as deconstructionist as it is brilliant. But, having since augmented their membership, the Hosannas' sound is evolving. "It's more psychedelic, with lots and lots of vocals," Brandon says. "Sometimes we'll have some horns now. I don't want to use the word 'epic,' but it's more ... it goes to different places."

Yesterday Radiohead's Thom Yorke released an election day playlist.

The Independent reviews David Mitchell's new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

Ars Technica explains why Google sued a small blues label.

The Guardian Music Blog examines the gender gap in the music industry.

Monkey See reviews one of the most outstanding comic book debuts I have read in years, I, Zombie.

Mashable lists five great ways to find music that suits your mood.

The Wall Street Journal profiles Miguel Syjuco, author of the novel Ilustrado.

Asian Journal reviews the book.

Courtney Love talks to the BBC about the new Hole album, Nobody's Daughter.

The Algonquin Books Blog interviews Bill Alexander about his bread memoir, 52 Loaves.

NPR Music shares a streaming Mother's Day mix.

At Wonders & Marvels, Joe Wallace explains how he researched his wonderful baseball novel, Diamond Ruby.

At the Daily Beast, Scott Turow lists his five favorite novels about the law published before 1980.

Medialoper lists the top 150 albums of the 1980s.

Ayelet Waldman lists three books for a more honest Mother's Day at NPR.

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