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July 22, 2010

Shorties (Wolf Parade, Peter Carey, and more)

The Georgia Straight profiles Wolf Parade.

If DeCaro's parents' goal was to make sure that their son didn't end up in a band where art is obviously far more important than commerce, then they failed spectacularly. EXPO 86, the third album from Wolf Parade, proudly plants its flag in left field, the album's 11 herky-jerky tracks studded with lurching guitar insanity, fried-circuit synth squalls, and vocals that sound like CBGB back when David Byrne was just another art-school weirdo. In other words, the album finds the four-piece rediscovering the off-kilter form displayed on the blogosphere-approved 2005 debut Apologies to the Queen Mary.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Peter Carey today.

The New York Press interviews Deleted Scenes frontman Dan Scheuerman.

3:AM editors share their summer reading choices.

Speakeasy interviews Doug Dorst about his new short story collection, The Surf Guru.

The Herald Scotland profiles singer-songwriter Hanna Tuulikki.

"(her voice) is a remarkably emotive high-pitched instrument that swoops and keens like some spectral missing link between Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom. Just to make things even more singular, the seven songs of love and death that make up Wilder Shores of Love are inspired by the ancient Greek myth of doomed lovers Hero and Leander."

The New York Times examines the changes to "girl pop" in the past ten years, exemplified by the rise of Lady Gaga.

At Salon, Laura Miller explains the fine, human art of recommending books.

io9 explores the influence of science fiction on he music of Janelle Monae.

NPR recommends soothing and funny summer reading.

Josh Ritter visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Line of Best Fit and Clash offer alternative shortlists for the 2010 Mercury Prize.

NPR is streaming Seu Jorge's new album, Seu Jorge and Almaz (out July 27th).

At Three Guys One Book, Jonathan Evison interviews Joshua Mohr.

Win a copy of Anthony Bourdain's new book Medium Raw and a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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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