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September 5, 2011

Shorties (Stream St. Vincent's New Album, Michael Chabon's Picture Book, and more)

NPR is streaming the new St. Vincent album, Strange Mercy (out September 13th).

The Los Angeles Times reviews Michael Chabon's first picture book, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

The beauty of Chabon's latest is that it's written so relatably. The vast majority of picture books, clever or humorous as they may be, are written from an adult's point of view. Their stories and pictures speak to the reader without speaking in the language of the reader, which for picture books is usually for those youngsters between ages 2 and 5.

Out & About interviews k.d. lang about her latest album, Sing It Loud.

The Louisville Courier-Journal profiles Frank Bill and his new story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana.

Bill's fiction might appeal to fans of Cormac McCarthy in its high-flown language and its portrayal of life in the struggling communities around Corydon as desperate, violent and merciless. Bill grew up here, making some mistakes and watching friends do worse, and he has plenty of real-life anecdotes that jibe with the stories he invents.

The Guardian examines filmmaker David Lynch's influence on underground music.

The Guardian lists autumn's best new books.

The Guardian is streaming every album shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize.

At BBC News, each of the nominated artists discusses a ky track from their album.

The Browser recommends five books on U.S. militarism.

Portishead lists its 13 favorite albums at The Quietus.

Simon Garfield talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Just My Type: A Book About Fonts.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Lindsey Buckingham's new Seeds We Sow album.

The September issue of Bookslut is online, and features interviews with Kevin Wilson, Greg Olear, and much more.

Drowned in Sound has announced the nominees for its alt-Mercury Neptune music prize.

The Globe and Mail interviews Michael Ondaatje about his new novel The Cat's Table.

NPR is streaming A.A. Bondy's new album, Believers (out September 13th).

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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