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June 5, 2011

Shorties (Iron and Wine, American Psycho: The Musical, and more)

The Minneapolis Star Tribune profiles Sam Beam of Iron and Wine.

Throughout all the musical changeups and career bumps, one thing that has stayed relatively unchanged is Beam's evocative, intimate songwriting style. Underneath the organ and saxophones on "Kiss Each Other Clean," you can still hear the scenic, weather-soaked vignettes and innocence-lost, solace-found themes of his first album, especially in the sunrise-like opener "Walking Far From Home" and the elegant single "Tree by the River."

Gothamist reports that American Psycho: The Musical could be in regional theater in early 2012.

The Women’s Liberation Music Archive is an online project that aims to collect "feminist music-making in the UK and Ireland from 1970 - 1990."

The Independent profiles Elbow frontman Guy Garvey.

At The Nervous Breakdown, authors share essays about Facebook.

At the Ms. Blog, June Millington writes about her band, Fanny.

It’s not really possible to talk about women in rock without bringing up my band, Fanny, but people do. Even the newly opened “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland barely mentions Fanny–the first all-woman band to record entire albums for a major label and gain international credibility.

Oscar Hijuelos talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about his new memoir, Thoughts Without Cigarettes.

Pitchfork remembers singer-songwriter and poet Gil Scott-Heron.

NPR recommends cookbooks for summer.

Paste lists the 12 best music videos starring animals.

Forbidden Planet lists 50 science fiction books you must read.

Cover Me shares cover versions of Patti Smith's "Because the Night."

Redecorating Middle-Earth in Early Lovecraft has tallied a list of YA dystopian novels.

roio shares a live recording of Leonard Cohen's December 2, 2010 Vancouver performance.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recommends 52 books for summer reading.

The Observer profiles the reunited band Lamb.

The product of their reconciled differences is a strong fifth album, simply called 5, which should please their existing fans and win over some new ones. Their ambition was to return to the raw, stripped-back feel of their debut, and they follow this through on tracks such as "Strong the Root" and "Build a Fire", a guitar-heavy number inspired by Barlow's recent trip to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. "Rounds", meanwhile, is a nod to the dreamy analogue sound Rhodes has been cultivating in her solo career. On the new album she decided not to sing about romantic love, her default subject matter in the past. Instead, she takes on grief, the limits of language and, on "Wise Enough", the future of humanity.

Undie Press interviews Kate Christensen about her new novel, The Astral.

At Goodreads, Christensen shares a list of five works of literature that celebrate life's losers.

At NPR, stream 29 performances from the Sasquatch Music Festival (several are available as mp3 downloads as well).

Patricia McArdle talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, Farishta.

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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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