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May 17, 2010

Shorties (Bettye LaVette, David Shields, and more)

NPR is streaming Bettye LaVette's new album, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook (out May 25th).

At The Millions, David Shields discusses his personal art of literary collage.

The Millions also shares a list of 100 books (and a few albums) that embody his aesthetic.

Pitchfork interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about the band's new album, Heaven Is Whenever.

Mother Jones interviews author Daniel Handler about his favorite nonfiction reading.

MJ: Are there any books of music writing of which you are particularly fond? What do you think makes for good nonfiction music writing?

DH: There is hardly any good music writing at all. Alex Ross, the classical music critic for The New Yorker, is an exception, and his book The Rest Is Noise is a wonderful book, although an expensive one as anyone who reads it will go out and purchase loads and loads of classical recordings. Recently I read John Darnielle's book on Black Sabbath, which is also fascinating, although the case for it being nonfiction is a slim one.

Chromewaves reviews the new National album, High Violet.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Sleepy Sun's new 9-track Fever album for $3.99.

The May edition of the Music Alliance Pact has been posted, download new music from bands around the world.

Financial Times reviews Joe Meno's latest novel, The Great Perhaps.

Don Was talks to Morning Edition about remastering the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street album.

The New York Daily News interviews John Lydon of Public Image Ltd and the Sex Pistols.

RIP, Ronnie James Dio.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a copy of the Rolling Stones remastered and expanded Exile on Main Street album 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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