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May 19, 2012

Shorties (Kelly Hogan, Herta Mueller, and more)

The Chicago Tribune profiles singer-songwriter Kelly Hogan.

Her forthcoming album, the brilliantly realized "I Like to Keep Myself in Pain," is easily the highest profile of the singer's career (review HERE), which stretches back to the early '90s in the revered but gone-before-its-time Atlanta combo the Jody Grind. After moving to Chicago in the mid-'90s, Hogan hopscotched among countless bands and solo projects, and become one of the most respected harmony singers in the business, working with everyone from Mavis Staples and Otis Clay to Jakob Dylan and Andrew Bird. In between, she's tended bar at the Hideout and embarked on insanely ambitious projects, such as recording a song a week for an entire year.

The New York Times profiles author and Nobel laureate Herta Mueller.

Nashville Cream interviews Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth about his solo album.

At Financial Times, Sam Taylor discusses the perils of translating literary works.

The May edition of the Music Alliance Pact has been posted, and contains 34 songs from 34 music bloggers in 34 countries.

Publishers Weekly revisits Modern Library's list of the top 100 novels and makes some changes.

A.V. Club Indianapolis lists five car-related pop songs that were never really about cars.

The Guardian offers a quiz on the works of Jane Austen.

Jack Hitt talks to Weekend Edition about his new book Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character.

All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter JD McPherson.

How does a former punk rocker raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch end up sounding like a classic rockabilly singer? JD McPherson found his groove in the style of 1950s rhythm and blues, rock and rockabilly. To help create that vintage sound on his debut album, Signs and Signifers, he used vintage mics, old amplifiers and a Berlant reel-to-reel recorder from the '60s — all analog.

Weekend Edition interviews Barbara McCormick about her new young adult novel Never Fall Down.

On telling the story as a young adult novel

Patricia McCormick: "I think young adults get a bad rap for being self-absorbed and self-centered. My experience going around the United States and speaking in schools is that teenagers here are very interested in the fate of their peers around the world. They are deeply compassionate. I think it allows them to see that their lives are endurable, and it gives them inspiration and courage when they see kids like themselves under extraordinarily circumstances surviving."

The shortlist for the inaugural Scottish Album of the Year Award has been named.

The Philadelphia Inquirer offers excerpts from Neil Gaiman's commencement address at Philadelphia's University of the Arts.

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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