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May 4, 2011

Shorties (Jim O'Rourke, Literary iPhone Cases, and more)

Crawdaddy! offers a primer to the music of Jim O'Rourke.

Out of Print is now selling literary iPhone cases.

Albert Brooks talks to the New York Times about his debut novel, 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America.

Felice Brothers guitarist Ian Felice talks to the Capital Times about the band's new album, Celebration, Florida (out May 10th).

With references to zombies, interstellar travel and seafaring pirates, "Celebration" contains some of the band's most trippy lyrics to date. Said Felice: "There’s a lot of strange allegory and surrealism, but most of the songs are about characters who are feeling disillusioned with the world and are trying to make some kind of artificial paradise."

At Stereogum, stream the new Man Man Life Fantastic album (out May 10th).

The Mail & Guardian interviews Lauren Beukes, author of the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Zoo City.

At Nialler9, stream the new Gang Gang Dance album, Eye Contact (out May 10th).

The Telegraph interviews authors Peter and Elmore Leonard.

"I went over to my father’s one time and Elmore’s second wife, Joan, was cleaning up the gutters on the roof. And [his brother] Bill said, 'Hey Dad, how come Joan's on the roof?' And Elmore said, 'Because she can’t write books.'"

The Charleston City Paper profiles Wintersleep.

Canadian songwriter Paul Murphy isn't worried about suffering an identity crisis anytime soon. As the shy, slightly brooding frontman for the nomadic indie-rock quintet Wintersleep, he's more concerned with creating strong lyrics and sturdy original rock music than adhering to any sort of categorical tag or cool catchphrase. He especially wants to provoke reactions from new audiences across North America and beyond.

The Minneapolis City Pages reviews the new Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed.

MakeUseOf lists seven sites to help you decide what book to read next.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Chris Adrian's new novel The Great Night.

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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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