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June 7, 2010

Shorties (Gaslight Anthem, Bret Easton Ellis, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Gaslight Anthem album, American Slang (out June 15th).

Bret Easton Ellis talks to New York Magazine about his new sequel to Less Than Zero, Imperial Bedrooms.

Pitchfork interviews Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner of the National about their latest album, High Violet.

The New Yorker has posted interviews with its "20 under 40" authors, and offers short stories by several online.

BlackBook interviews Futureheads guitarist Ross Millard about the band's new album, The Chaos.

The June issue of Bookslut is online, and features interviews with Brady Udall, Noah Cicero, and much more. lists the top 10 World Cup songs.

Weekend Edition interviews the editor of Trickster, a comics anthology of Native American folk tales.

The Guardian profiles Mountain Man.

Let's cut to the chase: they're females, they're foxes, they're the female Fleet Foxes. And just as when you first heard Fleet Foxes you did a double take – are these long-lost field recordings that someone has just discovered in a basement in Virginia? – so it is with Made the Harbor, the debut album by the three women who comprise Mountain Man. With just a delicate strum of acoustic guitar, their voices soar virtually unadorned, as pure as the Blue Ridge Mountain air (we're being poetic here; for all we know they could have built a power plant nearby and it could be thick with smog). The music by them that we've heard – the songs Animal Tracks and Soft Skin, on their MySpace – are like Joanna Newsom purged of every experimental impulse. It's closer to the "authentic" traditional folk, country and Appalachian stylings of Gillian Welch – not for nothing did some wag say that hearing them made him want to go and watch O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Salon's new reading club kicks off with Justin Cronin's novel, The Passage as its first featured selection.

The Bootsy Collins Funk University, an online bass guitar school, is enrolling students for its first class.

Salon interviews John Waters about his new book, Role Models.

RIP, author David Markson.

The Los Angeles Times Magazine lists the 50 greatest guitarists ever,

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a case of Sweet Leaf Tea in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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