March 14, 2012
Brain Pickings shares six writing tips from John Steinbeck.
Paste makes NCAA basketball tournament predictions based on the colleges' musical alumni.
Apparently, the Japanese have been fetishising this brand of Brit-indie for a while now with bands such as Clams and Hotel Mexico, and maybe that's why Caramel Sunset is so easy on the ear. Taffy haven't fallen into this because it's a safe career move, as one got the impression some of the Thames Valley and Britpop bands did. They've been studying this music for a while, poring over it, honing and finessing it, and have come up with an idealised version that actually improves on what it's designed to be copying. They've perfected something that was deeply flawed.
Lit Reactor recommends 10 graphic novels for the literary minded.
Pitchfork offers a guide to SXSW Music.
Fresh Air interviews Lucy Worsley about her new book, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.
The New Yorker lists 10 video collaborations between photographers and musicians, with comments from many of the artists.
At the Guardian, author Jeffrey Archer lists 10 good examples of multi-volume storytelling.
The Browser interviews George Dyson, author of , who recommends five books on the origins of computing.
"I've always been moved by individual people putting out a real personal statement about where they are, whether it's Bill Callahan or Chan Marshall or Joni or Neil. I always wanted to make a record like that," Ranaldo continues. It's earnest music and not pushing any boundaries but his own open-minded ones. It's as unforced three-decades-too-late solo debut as one can imagine, framed by a distinct texture—lots of acoustic guitars chiming among the electrics, plus John Medeski's organ.
Stream the album at Rolling Stone.
Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.
also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
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