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April 17, 2012

Shorties (Stream Jack White's New Solo Album, The Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist, and more)

Jack White is streaming his solo album Blunderbuss (out April 24th) at iTunes.

The shortlist for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction has been named.

Morning Edition profiles Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce.

Pierce is playing things safer these days — musically, anyway. The new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light begins with a languid instrumental, in keeping with the psychedelic sound of the band's earlier work. But 60 seconds later, a barroom riff announces the start of "Hey Jane," perhaps the peppiest, poppiest song Pierce has ever committed to tape. He says that in writing and recording the new album, he made a conscious decision to veer away from abstraction.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Dan Wilson.

Congrats on your recent Grammy wins—how was it working with Adele on her songs for 21? You knew you had a huge voice to work with plus an emotionally powerful artist, how did you approach the collaboration?

I went into it as a fan already. I had "Hometown Glory" and "Chasing Pavements" [off of Adele's first release 19] on my most played list from the year before. And when Rick Rubin put us together, I asked him "What kind of thing are you looking for? What are you trying to do?” He just said, "We're just looking for a great song." So I didn’t really have any preconceptions. When Adele and I got together, we hadn't met before. We met in a studio called Harmony in West Hollywood and essentially she played me Wanda Jackson clips on YouTube for about 45 minutes. She was just so excited at that time about Wanda Jackson and also about a kind of down and dirty American musical vibe.

Loudon Wainwright III talks to the A.V. Club about his new album, Older Than My Old Man Now.

NPR Books recommends three books about the true nature of Paris.

Alan Cross lists the 14 unluckiest alt-rock musicians in history. (via)

Fresh Air interviews Sadakat Kadri about his new book, Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari'a Law From The Deserts Of Ancient Arabia To The Streets Of The Modern Muslim World.

The BBC interviews Patti Smith.

The Harvard Crimson reviews one of the year's most anticipated graphic novels, Guy Delisle's Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City.

Whereas most would think of comics as the purview of kids and subscribers of Sunday newspapers, Delisle’s work is clearly directed at a more grown-up audience, due to language, subject matter, and comedic subtlety. Between days of menial wandering and housekeeping, Delisle witnessed key moments in the development of Palestinian territory. The novel follows a chronological pattern: Chapters are demarcated by month of the year, August to July, and further subdivided into episodes of major events therein. This structure helps to facilitate a continuous narrative, a necessary aspect in conveying such ambiguous events. Things follow chronologically, rather than in a contrived conceptualization, which forms an honest reflection of Delisle’s disorienting experiences in a foreign land.

Perfume Genius visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

#amwriting offers Pinterest tips for writers.

More Intelligent Life wonders what is the best musical instrument.

Author Constance Hale is offering a series of writing lessons in the New York Times.

The Soweto Gospel Choir plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

The Huffington Post recaps coverage of the Pulitzer Prize's decision not to grant an award for fiction this year.

NPR is streaming the new Norah Jones album, Little Broken Hearts (out May 1st).

Win Jonathan Lethem's book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music album 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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