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June 26, 2011

Shorties (Gillian Welch, Innovative Indie Bookstores, and more)

The Guardian reviews the most anticipated album of 2011 (to me, at least), Gillian Welch's The Harrow & the Harvest (out June 28th).

Fans often flock to Americana seduced by the ragged glories of its (frequently male) protagonists; this is no less a heartland release for being still and quietly perceptive. At the heart of much Americana is the idea of letting it all hang out. Gillian Welch is not of a mind to let anything hang out, ever; but she and Rawlings have produced a classic of the genre.

The Boston Globe examines how independent bookstores are innovating to remain viable.

The online list of 2011 summer reading lists has been updated with the Charlotte Observer's recommended children's books and many other lists.

Cover Me shares a stream of Wilco covering Nick Lowe's "I Love My Label."

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Amy Winehouse's Frank album.

The Christian Science Monitor examines the difficulties in getting translated works published in the United States.

Root Hog or Die shares a directory of "online concerns offering indigenous, local, traditional, site- or people-specific music."

The winners of the 2010 Locus Awards for science fiction and fantasy literature have been named.

All Things Considered interviews Norwegian singer-songwriter Ida Maria.

The Comics Journal shares insights into the works of cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

The Audio Perv is streaming videos of several full sets from Glastonbury festival, including Morrissey and Coldplay.

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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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