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April 21, 2012

Shorties (Beach House, The Most Harmful Novels for Aspiring Writers, and more)

Billboard profiles the band Beach House and the making of their new album, Bloom (out May 15th).

Legrand and Scally conceptualized "Bloom" on tour before recording with "Teen Dream" producer Chris Coady at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas, and mixing at New York's Electric Lady Studios. Bursting with dew-dappled guitar patterns and crisp, haunting vocals, Bloom was created in about nine weeks. The process utilized Sub Pop's resources to create Beach House's most expansive-sounding effort yet.


The Tyee lists the 10 most harmful novels for aspiring writers.


The Big Hurt breaks down the weekly "on-demand chart," that lists songs most played on streaming music services.


PopMatters examines the political realities of Brian Wood's DMZ comics series.

Wood's DMZ is a 72-issue work of extremes, but the parallels to reality are integral to the story. Allusions to real-life run frequently across its grim pages. Perhaps most important of these is the series' characterization of a real-life "civil liberties crackdown." A particularly poignant chapter of DMZ takes place on Staten Island, where a depiction of the U.S. military engaging in torture techniques hits very close to home.


Forbes examines the iTunes success of the band Pomplamoose.

...Conte and Dawn developed a direct relationship with Apple, allowing them to bypass third-party distributors. They upload their music straight to iTunes and take home 70% of the revenue generated by the sale of their MP3s—over 100,000 downloads just last year.


The Rumpus interviews Tom Bissell about his new essay collection Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation.


The Philly Post predicts the Beatles' "slow fade into pop culture obscurity" die to their music's absence from streaming services.


The Telegraph recommends books for a young girl that feature black characters.


Gizmodo lists Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino's six reasons why recorded music should be free.


Talk of the Nation interviews Bill Clegg about his new memoir Ninety Days.

On addicts who worry about not doing well in group settings

"I totally relate to that. Public speaking for me or speaking even in front of a handful of people is my greatest fear. And so the idea of going into a room of strangers and being honest about the things that I had been secretive about and ashamed about my whole life was ... worse than almost any other thing that I can imagine. But I think that that fear of being with people and in group settings and that instinct to isolate is very typical, at least in my experience with alcoholics and addicts. And I would say ... just go. And even if you don't want to speak or even raise your hand, just keep going.


Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald talks to All Things Considered about his new documentary, Marley.


The Guardian lists the top 10 graphic memoirs.


NPR Music shares a 1996 live performance by The Band.


The winners of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes participants Alex Shakar and Ismet Prcic.


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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