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June 1, 2012

Shorties (Heavy Metal Yearbook Photos, Author Mary Karr on Making an Album with Rodney Crowell, and more)

Metal Sucks shares 50 yearbook photos of metal and hard rock musicians.


Author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell discuss their collaborative album, KIN, at the Boston Globe.

"I swear to God I thought he was joking when he said 'Let's get some people up for our record.' I was like 'What record?'," says Karr with a hearty laugh. "If I invited all of my friends to make a record it would be four of the most depressed people in New York City all dressed in black, sitting around my apartment drinking espresso."


The San Francisco Bay Guardian interviews Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar.


io9 examines what the recent science fiction issues of the New Yorker and Tin House say about the current state of the genre.


Stream the new Catherine AD album, Reprise: The Covers Collection (out June 25th).


The Atlantic Wire shares summer reading suggestions from prominent YA authors, including Judy Blume.


The Guardian, in association with National Book Tokens, has launched an interactive map of the UK's best bookshops, literary locations, and events.


The A.V. Club examines the highlights and lowlights of Bob Dylan's discography.


Washington Week recommends books for summer reading.


Comics Alliance offers a preview of Jeff Lemire's new graphic novel The Underwater Welder.


At FACT, Daniel B of Front 242 shares a beginner's guide to EBM (electronic body music).


Paste lists five games that drew inspiration from books.


Singer-songwriter Patrick Watson plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


Fresh Air interviews Andrew Blum about his new book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet.


All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.


Open Culture lists over 450 free and legal audiobooks.


Drowned in Sound is streaming the new dEUS album, Following Sea.


Win the cookbooks The Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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