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April 8, 2011

Shorties (Vivian Girls, A Literary Cat Quiz, and more)

Each Note Secure interviews Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls about the band's new album, Share the Joy (out April 12th.

The Christian Science Monitor offers a literary cat quiz.

Mix Position interviews singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.

Tom Tom Magazine covers female drummers.

The Telegraph declares 2011 the most exciting year for British pop music in a decade.

Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviews Title Tracks' John David about books.

Spinner reports that this week a Kurt Cobain memorial statue was unveiled in Aberdeen, Washington.

Write Place, Write Time is a new Tumblr where writers discuss their writing spaces.

Gibson lists 50 facts about the Les Paul SG guitar.

The New York Times and Variety review the documentary Family Jams, which features Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver.

The New York Times notes that literary journals are thriving in print and online.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Trampled By Turtles Palomino album.

Forbes lists the richest fictional characters.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' self-titled album.

The Record examines how much of your concert ticket goes to the musicians.

Monkey See reviews Jacques Tardi's graphic novel, The Arctic Marauder (just released in English by Fantagraphics).

The Guardian profiles Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards.

She spent much the last 10 years broke, sometimes bin-diving to survive, and travelling long hauls between barely paid gigs in her tiny Chevy. But the release of her ramshackle, melody-rich 2009 debut Bird-Brains – released under her performing name of Tune-Yards – which brimmed with ukulele strumming and the sub-Saharan yodelling traditions she studied in Africa, earned Garbus rave reviews and a growing fanbase; not long after its release, she signed with the legendary label 4AD, and can now count Yoko Ono and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan as fans.

NPR interviews author Abraham Verghese.

The Guardian Music Blog makes a case for AutoTune in pop music.

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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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