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April 29, 2012

Shorties (Alison Bechdel, Richard Hawley, and more)

The Barnes and Noble Review interviews Alison Bechdel about her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?.

Richard Hawley talks to the Guardian about his new album, Standing at the Sky's Edge.

"It's an angry album. The gloves are off. I don't really write political songs but like most right-minded people I'm angry at what's happening here in Britain. It's to do with having kids, to a degree, and watching them grow and wondering what sort of mess we're going to leave them with."

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The Bat Segundo Show interviews author Tom Bissell.

CBS Sunday Morning shares a collection of classic New Yorker covers.

The Guardian profiles Grimes' Claire Boucher.

Welcome to Grimes's world, where a voguish braindump of techno-mystical pop trash signifiers is given lift-off by Claire's insistence on pushing things a little bit further than your average blog idol. Her sleep-deprived, speed-fuelled working methods may sound extreme but it's hard to argue with the results. Grimes's recent third album, Visions, is a bewitching lo-fi blend of R&B melodies and new age atmospherics, fashioning flimsy components into something sensual and sweetly psychedelic.

The Observer lists the 10 best first lines in fiction.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.

Q: Do you find it odd that such a primitive band can be so popular in an age when most people make music on iPhones?

A: I mean, yeah, we're happy to be successful. But it's just our aesthetic. Our records are done like everyone else, in the studio with digital equipment. The last two were done completely digitally.

Weekend Edition interviews Garry Marshall about his new memoir, My Happy Days In Hollywood.

DIY interviews singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman.

Weekend Edition interviews Josh Chetwynd about his new book, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries and Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat and Drink.

The Observer profiles Shirley Manson of Garbage.

The voice and mind behind 90s alt-rock anthems "Happy When it Rains", "Stupid Girl" and "Supervixen" hates talking about individual songs, or the meaning of lyrics, or what makes this or that tune a good single. But Manson is pleased that the new album retains the sense of "childlike play" that she insisted be a prerequisite for the band's getting back together. That sense of fun had been sorely missing by the time Garbage called it a day. Success – awards, a James Bond theme (The World is Not Enough), arena shows – had overtaken and overwhelmed the four-piece.

At The Week, author Adriana Trigiani lists her six favorite books about artists.

Paste lists 13 exceptionally green bands.

In the New York Times, author Martin Amis recounts his visits to the United States.

The Week lists four controversies about Shakespeare and his work.

Win a DVD of James Franco's Hart Crane biopic The Broken Tower and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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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

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