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April 14, 2011

Shorties (Stream Cass McCombs' New Album, Walt Whitman, and more)

The Guardian Music Blog is streaming Cass McCombs' new album, Wit's End (out April 26th).

The Quietus reviews the album.

A scholar who discovered thousands of handwritten documents by Walt Whitman discusses their significance with the Guardian.

Paste is streaming David Kilgour's new album, Left By Soft (out April 26th).

The Irish Independent gets children's book recommendations from authors and critics.

The Guardian lists the top 10 food scenes in children's literature.

Belle and Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson talks to the Prague Post.

At The Frisky, Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis explains how taking improv classes changed his life.

Beyond the Margins interviews Steve Almond and Jane Roper about writing humor.

West Coast Sound offers a primer to shibuya-kei, Japanese indie pop.

The Boston Globe explains how the U.S. Civil war changed American literature.

The Colorado Springs Independent interviews Nate Query of the Decemberists.

Indy: I understand the Decemberists are releasing a live EP specifically for Record Store Day, which happens to be the same day you're playing here. How important do you think indie retailers are in the age of Amazon and free downloads?

NQ: The thing about independent retail is that's where you discover music. They're run by people that love music, that want you to love music. And it's great that you can get anything on iTunes, but who wants just anything? People need to find out what to listen to, and that's where independent retailers are so valuable.

Bookworm interviews authors Rick Moody and David Lipsky about David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, The Pale King.

The Museum of Art and Design will host a multimedia exhibit featuring the career of David Bowie this summer. (via)

The New York Times notices a new fad: authors signing e-readers.

Rants & Ramblings compares the publishing and music industries. (via)

Locus offers an overview of 2010's international science fiction and fantasy books.

UGO lists the best comic books you aren't reading.

Iron and Wine visits The Current studio for a live performance and video.

The Cluster interviews cartoonist Julia Wertz.

Drowned in Sound interviews Panda Bear's Noah Lennox about his new album, Tomboy.

At Poets & Writers, publicist Lauren Cerand explains the importance of social media for authors.

The Guardian Music blog explains the hype behind the Coachella music festival.

The Ninth Letter blog interviews author Matt Bell.

At NPR Music, Josh Ritter plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

The most famous cafes in the literary world.

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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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