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April 13, 2011

Shorties (Olof Arnalds, Books for Grammar Lovers, and more)

The Georgia Straight profiles singer-songwriter Olof Arnalds.

Arnalds breaks with that tradition on Innundir skinni, a sophomore album that finds her working with two producers (David Por Jonsson and Sigur Ros’s Kjartan Sveinsson) and a small symphony of backing musicians. The collaboration produced one of the critically adored albums you probably never heard in 2010, its songs striking an improbable balance between dramatic chamber pop and stripped-to-the-bone folk. What's cool is that this dichotomy is often explored within the same song; witness the way that "Vinur Minn" starts out with nothing but monochromatic guitar and voice and then gets a mid-tune injection of cinematic strings and battery-of-angels vocals.

NPR recommends three books for the grammar lover in your life.

The Link interviews singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

Escape From Tha Carter mixes the music of Lil Wayne with soundbites from John Carpenter's film Escape from New York.

Sarah Glidden has a new 20-page comic up at Cartoon Movement about Iraqi refugees in Syria.

Culture Bully shares "How to Avoid Pissing Off Music Bloggers (and Several Other Handy Tips for Artists)."

The Wrap reports that Lost creator J.J. Abrams is collaborating on a book with author Doug Dorst.

Smiling Gardener lists the 50 best organic gardening books.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Kate Nash about her new record label and women in the music industry.

Tell us what you’ve learned from being a woman in the music industry, and what you want to see changed.

I've been attacked by media for the way that I look primarily, people have tried to push me into corners, I've had to explain why I don't use my body to sell my music and I've been encouraged to bitch about other girls. I've definitely experienced sexism. I've also played a lot of live shows, released 2 records, travelled the world, played festivals and done what both men and women in the industry have done. I want to be taken seriously for what I do just like every other musician. I don't want to be judged so politically.

Sound of the City lists the 10 best musician/comic artist friendships.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Francisco Goldman's new novel Say Her Name.

O sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Nicole Atkins' Mondo Amore album.

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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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