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April 7, 2012

Shorties (My Bloody Valentine's New Album, Whit Stillman and Mark Leyner, and more)

Pitchfork interviews Kevin Shields about the new My Bloody Valentine album.

Pitchfork: How much did the 2008 reunion shows have to do with making this new album happen?

KS: A little. I'm just finishing a record that I had started in the 90s. It was going to be, like, the next record. But it was already after the band had half split up, and me and Bilinda [Butcher] were left. Then we got back together. We never broke up, technically; I left the band for legal reasons once, I had to. But other than that, I've always said that we were going to make a record again. You never know, we might finish it really quickly, and it might be up in a few months! I tend to work really quickly, suddenly, and I might be willing to do that right now. We'll see!

Rolling Stone interviews filmmaker Whit Stillman and author Mark Leyner on their first projects in 15 years (Stillman's film Damsels in Distress and Leyner's novel The Sugar Frosted Nutsack).

The Los Angeles Times on the convergence of fashion labels and musical artists:

Indeed, today's market forces have brought music and fashion together like never before. "Florence and the Machine played the Chanel runway show in Paris [last year], and that paid for her band to do several [other] concerts," says Niki Roberton, owner of Iamsound Records, an L.A. label representing Florence and the Machine,Fool's Gold, Salem, Charli XCX and others. Iamsound recently segued into fashion event production, playing musical matchmaker for brands such as Madewell and Vans.

Salon interviews Tom Bissell about his new essay collection,

What are your feelings about nonfiction writers who take liberties with facts?

I think this is the single most interesting question facing nonfiction writers today. All description – all literary description of real events – is a distortion. Always. Something can be factually accurate and be less representatively true than something that somewhat distorts the facts. For example, if you ignore the truly representative details about a person, but describe them in other ways, you can distort the picture of them more intensely than if you were to make up a detail about them that more clearly demonstrates who they are.

DC9 at Night interviews Brent Best about Slobberbone's legacy and famous fans.

The Christian Science Monitor explores the ramifications of Google's closing of its ebook reseller program for independent bookstores.

Hypegram is a desktop streaming front end for the mp3 blog aggregator Hype Machine (currently only available for Windows).

Financial Times examines the current state of the philosophical novel.

Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

At All Things Considered, Rachel Syme recommends books about the Titanic disaster.

The New York Times reports of one group's Passover Seder celebrated at Bruce Springsteen's Friday night Madison Square Garden show.

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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