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June 30, 2010

Shorties (Guided By Voices Reunion, Dirty Projectors & Bjork, and more)

A reunited Guided By Voices will play the 21st anniversary Matador Records gala in October, along with Pavement, Sonic Youth, and others.

The Guardian examines the current wave of backlash against Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Dirty Projectors & Bjork project, Mount Wittenberg Orca, is now available to purchase as an mp3 or lossless download.

The Rumpus Book Club interviews John Brandon about his novel, Citrus County.

Canadian indie bands talk to CBC News about playing the summer music festival circuit.

The Scorecard Review lists the top seven books that should be adapted into movies.

Pop & Hiss interviews Tame Impala's Kevin Parker about the band's inception.

Phosphorescent's Matt Houck talks to PopMatters about his latest album, Here's to Taking It Easy.

The Oxonian Review interviews author Joyce Carol Oates.

Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers talks to The Boot about the band's country music influences.

Book Screening is a website devoted to video trailers for books.

More online best albums of 2010 (so far) lists:

The Awl (songs)
The Dumbing of America (top albums)
On the Record (best albums)

My list of online summer reading lists continues to grow.

MakeUseOf lists 10 music search engines to discover new music.

The Washington Post glowingly reviews the new David Mitchell novel, the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

He startles us again with a rich historical romance set in feudal Japan, an epic of sacrificial love, clashing civilizations and enemies who won't rest until whole family lines have been snuffed out. Yes, the novelist who's been showing us the future of fiction has published a classic, old-fashioned tale. It's not too early to suggest that Mitchell can triumph in any genre he chooses.

Flavorwire also reviews the book.

Pitchfork announced news of Altered Zones, a blog collective featuring DIY music.

True/Slant wondered if this is necessary.

Today's additions to the 2010 Bonnaroo downloads page:

mp3 sets:

The Flaming Lips
John Prine
Punch Brothers

Lossless Sets:

The Flaming LIps
The Funky Meters

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and the new Roots 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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