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August 17, 2011

Shorties (Kate Bush, Literary Brooklyn, and more)

The Record profiles singer-songwriter Kate Bush and her musical legacy.

The New York Times reviews and excerpts from Evan Hughes' new book, Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.

Drowned in Sound interviews the band Butcher Boy.

DiS: In some ways your music has been compared to some of the more pivotal artists from the Indie Pop scene, most notably Belle & Sebastian. What do you make of such comparisons?

JBH: I really like Belle & Sebastian, there's no two ways about it. They're a really fantastic band and what they had when they started was really special. They created their own world and since then they've gone on to become really proficient songwriters and pop musicians, so to an extent it doesn't physically bother me. It should grate a little bit that we get lumped in with them - probably more to do with where we're from than how we sound - and it is rather lazy because lyrically, I know that I write about different things, and musically we're quite diverse. It's the same for them really. I know they've got guys in their band who are into very mainstream rock and roll like the Stones and we've got a similar mix, some of us like folk, Duane Eddy, punk...

The Guardian lists 10 of the best books set in Berlin.

am New York lists musicians who have released comics and graphic novels.

CityBeat interviews My Morning Jacket keyboardist Bo Koster.

CB: So you guys are really good about staying connected to your fans and you make a lot of appearances at independent record stores, particularly in Lexington and Louisville. Why is that important to you guys?

BK: Independent businesses are a big deal for us. We believe family-owned, mom and pop-owned places are definitely something hard to maintain with today’s corporate culture and we think that’s a bummer. We think that it is getting harder and harder for people to kind of realize their own dreams on that level because of corporate domination in every sense of the word. We just like to support the little guy that has sacrificed everything in their life to open a business to do something special and do something different.

Mashable profiles music blog aggregator

PWxyz has authors share their summer music memories.

At Sound of the City, Maura Johnston and author Jami Attenberg discuss the new Lady Gaga video for "You and I."

TIME reviews the first issue of McSweeney's new food quarterly Lucky Peach.

It really is great. There's no question its preciousness quotient is off the charts: the magazine includes concert-poster-style woodcuts of Tokyo ramen deities, a recipe for corn with miso butter written entirely in haiku and an appreciation of regional potato chips by the former bassist from Pavement and Sonic Youth, Mark Ibold. The magazine's visual style is like a cross between The Art of Eating, Vice and an exhibition catalog. The air of irreverence, of brilliant and privileged youths indulging their fixations, brings to mind the smarmy young Charles Foster Kane, talking a mile a minute and laughing off his losses of a million dollars a year. Lucky Peach lives on that magical, ephemeral plane.

BBC News examines the music industry's new steps to thwart album leaks.

Book designer and author Chip Kidd talks comics with Comic Book Resources.

BookLamp is an online book recommendation engine.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Viva Voce's The Future Will Destroy You album.

All Things Considered lists three antagonizing literary protagonists you'll love to hate.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best 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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