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July 1, 2011

Shorties (Bon Iver, Ernest Hemingway, and more)

American Songwriter profiles Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

The Idaho Mountain Express and Los Angeles Times remember Ernest Hemingway on the 50th anniversary of the author's death.

The owner of Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store talks to Talk of the Nation about the future of independent booksellers.

The Chicago Tribune profiles singer-songwriter Tristen.

This weekend, Tristen Gaspadarek is coming home. Four years ago the singer-songwriter uprooted herself from south suburban Lansing, where she grew up, and headed to Nashville after finishing at DePaul University. After arriving in Tennessee she found her voice, her community and acclaim in short order. Going by just her first name, Tristen, she's just released "Charlatans at the Garden Gate," an album where she straddles the line between indie ingenue and traditional country-folk songstress.

Bonnie Jo Campbell talks to the Kalamazoo Gazette about her new novel, Once Upon a River.

Illinois Entertainer interviews Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson about the band's new album, Candidate Waltz.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Aimee Bender.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Colour Revolt's The Cradle album.

Weird Al Yankovic talks to Geekdad about music, children's books, and being a father.

A.V. Club staff list great albums with terrible cover art.

In the Independent, Boyd Tonkin ponders the merits of rewarding authors for longevity.

Flavorwire lists 10 underrated 2011 albums.

Gibson has completed its list of the top 50 American Rock bands of all time.

Cut Copy talks to Drowned in Sound about their latest album, Zonoscope.

Some best albums of 2011 (so far) lists:

North Shore News (Canadian albums)
Paste (Bonnie Steinberg)
Paste (Josh Jackson)
Paste (Max Blau)

The Guardian examines the current connection between musicians and corporate sponsors and brands.

The Graphic Novel Reporter lists the hottest graphic novels of summer 2011.

My list of 2011 online summer reading lists.

Planet Money breaks down the expenses that go into making a hit pop song.

PopCrunch shares "From Walkmans to Streaming Music: An Evolution in Audiophiles."

A Blog Supreme recommends five jazz albums for your Fourth of July picnic.

At the Huffington Post, Douglas Wolk explains how comics became literature for adults.

PopDust recaps the year so far in pop music.

Fresh Air interviews Fareed Zakaria about his new book The Post-American World: Release 2.0.

At the Echo Park Patch, Josh Caldwell of the band Les Blanks lists five films shot in the Los Angeles neighborhood. (via)

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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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