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July 2, 2010

Shorties (Mountain Man, Anthony Bourdain, and more)

Paste interviews Amelia Meath of Mountain Man, whose debut album Made The Harbor is out July 20th (and is easily one of the year's musical highlights).

Read an excerpt from Anthony Bourdain's new book, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.

Best music of 2010 (so far) lists:

Click Track (top albums)
The Quietus (best albums)

The Independent explores the past fifty years of Harper Lee and her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Boston Globe profiles Mark Robinson, founder of Teenbeat Records.

Unrest never had broad mainstream success, but its influence rippled well beyond record sales. The same goes for Teenbeat, whose deep roster is full of bands beloved by their fans and largely unknown outside of them. Just as Dischord Records chronicled the punk and hardcore scenes of Washington, D.C., Teenbeat showcased rising indie-pop bands such as Velocity Girl, Tuscadero, Versus, Bratmobile, and even Stereolab.

The Wall Street Journal excerpts from Alexandra Popoff's new biography of Sophia Tolstoy.

American Songwriter interviews members of Truth & Salvage Co. about their recently released self-titled debut album.

The Telegraph reviews Chuck Palahniuk's latest novel, Tell-All.

DC9 at Night lists 15 albums on Harry Potter's iPod.

The Huffington Post interviews Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit.

Pop & Hiss interviews music critic Robert Christgau.

The Wall Street Journal examines the current trend of publishing international crime fiction in translation.

411Mania lists the top 10 bands that should reunite.

The Guardian Theatre Blog examines the difficulties fiction writers face as playwrights.

Pop Candy lists Morrissey's funniest video moments.

DIY interviews Gang of Four frontman Jon King about the band's forthcoming album.

Billboard lists this year's top 30 summer songs.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from the new biography, Pearl Buck in China.

NPR shares the streaming "July 4th Music: A Mix for America."

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and the new Roots album in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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