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May 20, 2010

Shorties (Local Natives, Advice for Young Music Writers, and more)

Local Natives visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Backbeat interviews the band's bassist, Andy Hamm.


PopMatters has music writers offer advice to those starting out in the field.


The Rumpus has launched its book club, for $25 a month you get an advance copy of a work of fiction, and can participate in online discussion about the book and with its author. The first title is John Brandon's impressive sophomore novel, Citrus County.


The Colorado Springs Independent profiles singer-songwriter Laura Marling.


The Quietus interviews Casey Dienel of White Hinterland.

We were just talking about changes in direction. Why did you decide to stop releasing music under your own name in favour of the White Hinterland moniker?

CD: I think there was a pre-emptive necessity for it. I could see in the future where I was headed, even if wasn't apparent to the people I was working with, and I knew I had to put the structure down early on because I see myself as a long-term musician. I don't think I was one of those people that was hyped really early on in the infancy of their music career. I mean, I didn't even to make my first record. It was something I was doing in the off hours from school. So when I decided to be a musician full time, I made sure to do it the way I wanted to.


The Detroit News lists its songs for summer.


The Georgia Straight profiles Broken Bells, the musical collaboration between DJ Danger Mouse and James Mercer The Shins.


In the Wall Street Journal, playwright David Mamet lists his favorite American plays.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Jane Smiley's new novel, Private Life.


The Guardian excerpts from JG Farrell's 1970 novel, Troubles, which just won the Lost Booker prize.


Take the drum fill quiz at the All Songs Considered Blog.


Flavorpill picks the best and worst book trailers of the year.


We Are Scientists offers blogging tips for musicians.


The Jewish Daily Forward profiles The Shondes.

In fact, despite their name (the Yiddish word for “shame”) and their genre, the Shondes are suspiciously low-key. Their album art looks more Dashiell Hammett than garage band. Their songs have names like “Get Out” and “Fire Again” — names that channel angst, anger and embittered love, but in a way that’s dark and brooding, not kitschy and flamboyant. If anything, in the two years since their first album the Shondes’ music has grown less like straight-ahead punk and — the biggest shonde of all — more like pop.


Brain Pickings lists the top 5 children's books for grown-ups.


The KEXP Blog interviews Joey Ramone.


At Flavorwire, Stephanie Anderson of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore shares a summer reading list for grown-ups.


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)
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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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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