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July 12, 2010

Shorties (Stream the New Books Album, Dennis Cooper, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Books album, The Way Out (out July 29th)).


The Los Angeles Times reviews Dennis Cooper's new non-fiction collection, Smothered in Hugs.


Gary Shteyngart talks to New York magazine about his new novel, Super Sad Love Story.


The Quietus reviews one of my favorite albums of 2010, Sleigh Bells' Treats.


The New Statesman examines the literary legacy of Philip Larkin 25 years after the poet's death.


The Millions profiles author Jennifer Egan.


Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner talks to the Boston Herald about the band's latest album, Expo 86.


Paste lists the 10 best Willie Nelson songs.


At The Story Prize blog, Marisa Silver discusses writing her short story, "Pond."


Undertheradar interview Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt about the documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields.


When Fangirls Attack is a blog that compiles links to articles on gender in comics and comic fandom.


Pitchfork interviews the duo Sleigh Bells.


The Brooklyn Rail solicits summer reading suggestions from writers, artists, and others.


PopMatters profiles Jeremy Earl of the band Woods and the indie record label Woodsist.

You can call it bucolic psychedelia. You can make comparisons to the Beach Boys or the Grateful Dead. You can evoke campfires and fireflies and beachside keg parties. But when you're aiming to describe the hand-made, DIY aesthetic that surrounds the band Woods, the labels Woodsist and F**kit Tapes and the loose fellowship of fellow travelers that surrounds them, please don’t use the term "lo-fi."


The Quietus interviews comics writer Alan Moore.


Drowned in Sound interviews members of the Wave Pictures.

So seeing as people like me persist in somewhat misguidedly hanging the quintessentially English indie-pop tag around their necks, I wonder what the band actually think of the term. After a short period of puffed cheeks at being faced with what has become such a turgid phrase, Tattersall comes up with an answer. 'Well the thing about it is, the term indie ought to mean something good. Like, literally independent in business, and then that ought to imply independent minded. It ought to mean independent record labels, ie not financed by major companies and independent minded original music, that’s what the term ought to mean. But of course what it actually means is blokes who are a bit hairy and smelly looking with guitars…'


We All Want Someone to Shout For lists the best songs of 2010 so far.


At NPR, author Aimee Bender recommends Flannery O'Connor's essay collection Mystery and Manners.


Yesterday's updates to the 2010 Bonnaroo downloads page include mp3 sets by by Young Veins, Isis, and Melvins.


Win the 50th anniversary edition of Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird and a DVD of the film in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

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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