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February 24, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Rural Alberta Advantage Album, Chef Memoirs, and more)

Exclaim is streaming the new Rural Alberta Advantage album, Departing (out March 1st).


The Independent previews two hotly anticipated chef memoirs, Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones and Butter and Grant Achatz's Life, On the Line.


PopMatters interviews Andy McCluskey of Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark about the band's reunion.


The Marquee Blog profiles Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Ted Leo's The Brutalist Bricks album.


Today KCRW's Bookworm interviews T.C. Boyle about his new novel, When the Killing's Done.


Oregon Music News interviews Loch Lomond's Ritchie Young.

Regardless of the lyrical content, your sound has a very carefree, youthful feel to it, but that seems to be contrasted by the lyrics of some of these songs.

Yeah, [I was always drawn to] Swans because the lyrics are so dark… I loved them but I thought it’d be fun to put together a band that wasn’t all blood and guts and doom lyrics. But rather a little darker lyrics but with music that’s kind of sunny. I feel like that represents who I am. I like to be happy but I’m kind of a dark, sad person, just like everyone is. Dark and lighthearted… I like the way the two things taste together.


Drowned in Sound interviews Yan Wilkinson and Martin Noble of British Sea Power.


John Lydon won the best book award honour with Mr. Rotten's Scrapbook at the Shockwaves NME Awards.


ArtsDesk interviews Nick Bertozzi about his new graphic novel, Lewis & Clark.


Singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Carsten Jensen's novel We Are Drowned.


Spin lists the 11 "next big things" in music for 2011.


Fresh Air interviews Allison Pearson about her new novel, I Think I Love You.


In a 2003 edition of the Believer, Dave Eggers interviews David Foster Wallace.


NPR is streaming the new Papercuts album, Fading Parade (out March 1st).


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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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