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June 11, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Fiona Apple Album, Summer Reading Suggestions, and more)

All Things Considered interviews Fiona Apple about her new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (out June 19th).

Stream the album at NPR.

Brain Pickings recommends a summer reading lists of "essential books for cognitive sunshine."

Ransom Notes recommends mysteries for summer reading.

The A.V. Club lists 26 masters of "clever/weird/cheeky" song titles.

The Millions recommends 10 books for Mad Men fans.

John T. Edge talks to All Things Considered about his new book The Food Truck Cookbook.

"It's a really democratic portrait of America," says Edge. "And in the same way that lunch counters were this great democratic space in years past, the democratic space where people of all walks of life are eating at trucks now."

The Guardian shares a history of Dutch pop music in 10 songs.

As part of its "comics as literature series, Geekdad profiles legendary cartoonist Will Eisner.

PopMatters profiles singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

All Things Considered interviews actor Steve Guttenberg about his new book, The Guttenberg Bible.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks beer with Creative Loafing Atlanta.

Is it weird to have a beer on the bus with your name on the bottle?

It was funny, because I wanted to call it Clear Heart Ale to tie in with the album, and we used the graphic from the album. Drew from my management told me about the label, and it said "Craig Finn's Clear Heart Ale." I was like, "Oh, man, I don't know if I want my name on it." And Drew looked at me and said, "Dude! You want your name on it." I wasn't going to get this chance again. It's cool, especially when you see it on the case. I think those guys hit on a really cool idea and I think a year from now there's going to be a lot more bands with their own beer and even more that want it.

The Rumpus Book Club interviews Emily St. John Mandel about her new novel The Lola Quartet.

NPR is streaming Glen Hansard's solo album Rhythm and Repose (out June 19th).

The Rumpus interviews Patrick Somerville about is new novel, This Bright River. Read an excerpt from the book.

NPR is streaming Neneh Cherry's new album, The Cherry Thing (out June 19th).

Chasing Ray interviews Kate Milford about her new novel, The Broken Lands.

Rolling Stone is streaming the new dB's first new album in 25 years, Falling off the Sky (out tomorrow).

Win a copy of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild 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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