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May 7, 2012

Shorties (Alison Bechdel on Memoir, Stream the New Beach House Album, and more)

Stream the new Beach House album, Bloom (out May 15th), at NPR Music.

DOA reviews the album.

Alison Bechdel talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about her new graphic memoir Are You My Mother?.

"If a book is therapeutic for the writer, somehow that makes it a lesser book," Bechdel said. "But I do write these books out of a need to work something out for myself. I do feel kind of subtly transformed, more confident, more able to speak freely and believe in what I'm saying, which has always been a struggle for me."

At the Daily Beast, Hilary Mantel lists her five favorite historical novels.

The New York Times profiles digital music distribution service Tunecore.

TuneCore was founded six years ago by Jeff Price, a veteran independent label owner, as a service for artists working under the radar of the mainstream music industry. Without a label, most acts cannot get their music onto iTunes and Spotify, but for $50 a year TuneCore will place any album on dozens of online services around the world and route all royalties to the artist.

The A.V. Club Minneapolis interviews Jason Pierce of Spiritualized about the band's new album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

32 iPad apps that writers just love.

The Music Diary 2012 project starts today.

The Rumpus interviews Tupelo Hassman about her debut novel, Girlchild.

Stream the new Exitmusic album, Passage (out May 22nd), at NPR Music.

NPR Books recommends three books about motherhood.

This month's edition of Words Without Borders features writing from the Indian Ocean.

Stream the new Best Coast album, The Only Place (out May 15th), at NPR Music.

The Wall Street Journal profiles The Graphic Canon, a three volume set that retells classic literature as graphic novels.

At Drowned in Sound, The Cribs recommend seven bands you need to hear right now.

Hari Kunzru recommends modern classics from around the world at the Barnes and Noble Review.

Win a copy of Alison Bechdel's new graphic novel Are You My Mother? and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this month'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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