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May 28, 2011

Shorties (Gil Scott-Heron, The State of the Novel, and more)

The Guardian Music Blog is streaming the new Herman Dune album, Strange Moosic (out June 7th).

RIP poet and singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron.

In the Boston Review, Jess Row examines the state of the novel (note the lively comment discussion).

The Bend Bulletin profiles Or, the Whale.

Take one part Gram Parsons/Laurel Canyon country-rock, one part winsome indie-pop, one part swirling hippie psychedelics and one part "everybody in" choral harmonies that are all the rage these days, and you've got Or, the Whale, a band with all the tools to take off real soon.

Singer-songwriter Nick Jaina has a regular column at Willamette Week.

At The Browser, Woody Allen lists five books that have inspired his work.

Fox Sports North interviews Steve Wynn about The Baseball Project.

FSN: Why does baseball provide such great fodder for songwriting?

WYNN: I think that more than any other team sport, it's an individual game. It's the kind of game where so often it's one man against the world. If you're at bat in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the bases loaded, it's you against the pitcher. That's very dramatic, and it lends itself to ideas like coming through in the clutch to missed opportunities to nostalgia over what could have happened or excitement over what did happen. I think the songs of The Baseball Project are as personal as anything we write in our own bands because they're all things anybody can relate to. If you look at everything we write, it has parallels to our musical lives or parallels to our personal lives. Not to mention that there's such a long, long history. I mean, we're writing songs about Ed Delahanty.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Regina Spektor's Far album.

At The Week, Jonathan Evison lists his favorite books.

The Rumpus interviews Blake Butler.

NPR lists 10 essential Detroit techno songs.

Wired recommends 10 books that will "fry your mind" this summer.

NPR is streaming live sets from this weekend's Sasquatch Music Festival.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
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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