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March 11, 2011

Shorties (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Edith Sitwell, and more)

Stream the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart album, Belong (out March 29th), at the band's website.


Edith Sitwell's great-nephew remembers the poet at the Telegraph.


SheWired is counting down the 100 greatest lesbian albums of all time.


The A.V. Club interviews singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams about her new album Blessed.


Grist lists its favorite hipster farmer band names.


The Arts Desk profiles The Unthanks.

If folk is mainstream again, however, The Unthanks stand out by dint of their unplaceable sound. It's modern but not folk-rock. The roots are traditional but the band doesn’t naturally sit alongside the likes of June Tabor or Kate Rusby.


Songkick lists the hardest working bands of 2010.


Reviews of the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood:

Daily Express
Guardian
Independent
Irish Independent
London Evening Standard
Telegraph

Little White Lies interviews the film's director, Tran Anh Hung.


Spinner previews the new Replacements documentary, Color Me Obsessed.


Austin Town Hall shares a 27-song SXSW music sampler.


New Statesman interviews Nicole Krauss about her new novel, Great House.


Cold War Kids visit The Current studio for a live performance and interview.


NPR reviews and excerpts from Wesley Stace's latest novel, Charles Jessold: Considered as a Murderer.


The Mix shares a playlist featuring 123 musical trailblazers.


Amazon MP3 has a new selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.


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


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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