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May 27, 2010

Shorties (Stream Two New Arcade Fire Songs, Ian McEwan, and more)

Nialler9 is streaming two new Arcade Fire songs from the band's forthcoming album.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Ian McEwan today.

MTV lists the greatest summer jams of the modern era.

BlackBook interviews Teddy Wayne about his new novel, Kapitoil.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks about the effects of technology on live music shows with Flagpole.

"Going out and spending time with real people is probably on the decline when you can communicate through Facebook and Twitter and whatever else, you know? I think especially for younger people, they find that as a somewhat acceptable replacement to being around real people. I think in some ways, that's what we sell, or what we offer: an opportunity to get in a room with a bunch of people who have the same interest as you: rock and roll fans. Drink some beer and jump around and bump into people; I think in some ways that's what we're bringing, and due to technology, that's become more and more of a rare thing."

John Darnielle talks to the Georgia Straight about the latest Mountain Goats album, Life of the World to Come.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Rogue Wave's 12-track 2010 album Permalight for $3.99.

Author Lev Grossman examines the arbitrariness of genre definitions in fiction.

6 Degrees of Black Sabbath connects musical artists.

The Huffington Post lists overlooked books by great authors.

Drowned in Sound profiles singer-songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The A.V. Club interviews Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell about the band's new album, Infinite Arms.

At NPR, Jessa Crispin reviews Hilary Thayer Hamann's debut novel, Anthropology of an American Girl.

At first you might reject it like a sugary pop song, but you will find yourself singing along a few days later. Anthropology is so very, very long, and yet it continues to beckon after you think you've finished with it. It becomes ensnared in that Twilight-esque trap of having every male character inexplicably and compulsively in love with its heroine, and yet her reveries on teenage love and lust are so authentic, you don't lose your patience.

Your It List lists its favorite city-inspired songs.

Garrison Keillor deplores the state of publishing in the New York Times, and The Rumpus responds.

Paste debuted a short Those Darlins SXSW documentary film.

The New York Observer reviews One Story's recent Literary Debutante Ball.

Name your favorite song of 2010 and win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a CD of Sleigh Bells' Treats album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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