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June 8, 2011

Shorties (David Bazan, The Most Powerful Women Authors, and more)

Singer-songwriter David Bazan visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

B-Sides also interviews Bazan.

Forbes lists the most powerful women authors.

CultureMob interviews Patrick DeWitt about his new novel, The Sisters Brothers.

CNNGo lists five Beijing bands you need to hear.

Seattle Weekly lists the 10 best movie trailer songs of all time.

The Telegraph reviews Simon Reynolds' new book, Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past.

At the London Review of Books, Jonathan Lethem discusses his early love for Marvel Comics.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

The A.V. Club interviews John Sayles about his new novel, A Moment in the Sun.

Flavorwire lists non-metal songs about metal. lists the top 10 summer music festivals.

At the A.V. Club, the Mountain Goats cover Jawbreaker's "Boxcar."

Time Out New York profiles Cults.

As many bands who encounter swift viral fame have discovered, an initial wave of press might be the last: If a group can't parlay attention into something more substantive, like a record deal or live bookings, its work can recede back into the Internet's infinite sea of MP3s. A band like Cults, which appropriates a spectrum of vintage song styles in a striking but not particularly original way, is even more at risk. The best songs on its self-titled debut, like "Abducted" and "Never Saw the Point," channel warm, retro grooves and a dusty feel, with simple melodies fortified by colorful percussion. The songs might strike you as sharpened updates of something you've heard before. To achieve that sensation without forcing the issue, Oblivion and Follin worked hard to retain the mind-set of their early recordings, together with a more organic songwriting process.

The New York Times reviews the Robert Bolano essay collection, Between the Parentheses.

The Future Of Journalism Is... Comics!

FACT is streaming Laurel Halo's new EP, Hour Logic (out June 21st).

In the New Yorker, Jhumpa Lahiri explores her early influences as a writer.

Drowned in Sound interviews Tom Vek about his new album, Leisure Seizure.

The Internet Archive is building a physical archive of books it acquires.

Internet Archive is building a physical archive for the long term preservation of one copy of every book, record, and movie we are able to attract or acquire. Because we expect day-to-day access to these materials to occur through digital means, the our physical archive is designed for long-term preservation of materials with only occasional, collection-scale retrieval. Because of this, we can create optimized environments for physical preservation and organizational structures that facilitate appropriate access. A seed bank might be conceptually closest to what we have in mind: storing important objects in safe ways to be used for redundancy, authority, and in case of catastrophe.

Domino Radio is a music stream curated by Domino Records artists.

NPR recommends five books that explain the brain.

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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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