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April 23, 2012

Shorties (An Excerpt from Ian McEwan's New Novel, Stream Rufus Wainwright's New Album, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Rufus Wainwright album, Out of the Game (out May 1st).

The New Yorker features an excerpt from Ian McEwan's forthcoming novel, Sweet Tooth.

Tone Deaf interviews Mountain Goats bassist Peter Hughes.

The Brooklyn Baker (the official caterer of the Largehearted Lit reading series) is giving away copies of two cookbooks, Cake Pops by Bakerella and Whoopies! by Susanna Tee this week on her site.

New York Magazine profiles Grimes.

It's tempting to peg Boucher, with her nebulous creative background (first as a dancer, then a visual artist, then a musician), as an art-school kid allergic to ambition—"I get offers to do huge-budget music videos with big production companies all the time, but I have no interest. Most of my music videos were made for under $200," she says proudly—but to hear her tell it, she's actually a determined careerist with designs on mainstream pop: "Grimes is all about image-branding, but DIY image-branding. I want to bring a Fugazi-esque ethic together with Michael Jackson and Beyoncé," she explains. "I was like, It would be so awesome if there were an actual pop star who was like a sick super-experimental producer. And then I was like, I'll just do that. I and the people I work with are redefining the music industry and redefining what pop is. Sorry, everything I say is, like, incredibly embarrassing."

The Irish Times examines the writing career of Anthony Burgess.

NPR is streaming Santigold's new album, Master of My Make-Believe (out May 1st).

The Huffington Post lists the 10 most disturbing deaths in Shakespeare's plays.

At Paste, 101 musicians discuss their favorite record stores.

Melbourne Weekly Bayside lists great YA books by Australian authors.

NPR is streaming the new Lower Dens album, Nootropics (out May 1st).

James Franco talks to the New York Daily News about his film The Broken Tower, a biopic about the poet Hart Crane.

The A.V. Club lists 25 iconic snare drum intros.

Martin Salisbury talks to Morning Edition about his new book Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling.

NPR is streaming the new Damon Albarn album Dr Dee (out May 8th).

The Stylist offers a mini-guide to Shakespeare's key plays.

The Record remembers Washington's indie store Melody Records.

"Something they did so well was eclectic jazz and international music and roots and stuff like that, Americana," Dibell says. "Labels like ECM and Lost Highway and Rounder, that would be a go-to store for them. [Melody] could do things with ECM records that other stores wouldn't even carry — where an objective for a record like that is relatively low, they would take a significant percentage of sales nationally in a small store like that."

Saima Wahib talks to Weekend Edition about her new memoir, In My Father's Country.

"I was afraid I might have changed so much that I would go to the country of Afghanistan and hate it," she says. "I was never afraid for my safety. I was afraid of what I might find out about myself and my connection with Afghan people."

Paste is streaming the new Brendan Benson album, What Kind of World (out tomorrow).

Win two of my favorite 33 1/3 books (Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson and Master of Reality by John Darnielle) 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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