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April 5, 2011

Shorties (Mountain Goats Unplugged, Karen Russell, and more)

The Mountain Goats play an unplugged set for Spin.

The Palm Beach Post interviews Karen Russell about her novel Swamplandia.

Do bad reviews bother you?

It makes it feel less like a dream I’ll wake up from. It would be fantastic to write a book that everybody loves, but this book is totally weird. I was just thrilled that Knopf agreed to publish it. There’s ghosts and an avian pied piper dude. It’s different. Readers in other parts of the country think I’m so inventive, but Florida readers just go: “Yeah. I had to step over an alligator to get to your reading.”

The Baltimore Sun lists 13 of the best and most memorable songs, films, and books from and about the U.S. Civil War.

Backbeat explains why LCD Soundsystem mattered.

Rebecca Skloot talks to the Oregonian about her busy life after publishing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The Hype Machine is streaming Holy Ghost!'s self-titled debut album.

Gadget Lab features the Ultramods, a band that recorded an entire album in only two weeks using GarageBand on an iPad.

Henning Mankell talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, The Troubled Man.

Spin lists spring's 25 best music tours.

All Things Considered examines the future of libraries in the e-book age.

The Boston Globe profiles the Raveonettes.

The Boston Globe delves into the world of e-book piracy.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Freelance Whales' Weathervanes album.

At NPR, Janeane Garofalo reviews Tina Fey's new book Bossypants.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Sleigh Bells' Treats, one of my favorite albums of 2010.

The April issue of Bookslut is online, and includes interviews with Allegra Goodman, Benjamin Hale, Alan Heathcock, Camilla Gibb, Blake Butler, and much more.

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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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