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July 5, 2010

Shorties (Serge Gainsbourg, Kristin Hersh, and more)

The Guardian offers a trio of articles about singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg covering:

his musical themes
his continued inspiration of modern artists
his love life

Rat Girl, the memoir of Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave) is in stores this August. Listen to her read a couple of excerpts from the book (from a Northampton show earlier this month):

"Napoleon's House"
"Taffy & the Silver Bullet"
"The Witch"
"Boston Press"
"The Songs"

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previews this year's Warped Tour lineup.

Guitarists share their love for the legendary Fender Stratocaster at the Guardian.

Glasswerk interviews Heather D'Angelo of Au Revoir Simone.

The A.V. Club lists 25 anti-journalist songs.

The New Yorker features a new short story by Dinaw Mengestu.

Consequence of Sound previews the third quarter of 2010's album releases.

Telegraph critics recommend fiction and nonfiction books for summer reading.

Ryan Ross talks to the Los Angeles Times about his new band, Young Veins.

In his blog for the Guardian, Robert McCrum rebuts Lee Siegel's notion that the novel is dead.

TotalFilm lists 20 rocking documentaries.

The Guardian profiles new U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin.

Remring gathers links to music blog posts (including mine on "Bandwagon") containing the tracks on REM's Fables of the Reconstruction box set (out July 13th).

KCRW is streaming the album (including the bonus disc of demos) in its entirety.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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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