June 13, 2016
Shorties (Don DeLillo on His Novel Underworld, Reconsidering the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead Album 30 Years After Its Release, and more)
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The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
The Lower River by Paul Theroux
My Mistake by Daniel Menaker
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
Salon and the Signature podcast interviewed Chuck Klosterman about his book But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past.
Pitchfork profiled the band Whitney.
A product of warm, wishful thinking, Light Upon the Lake feels like standing in the sun with your friends, waiting for someone to hand you a beer. Where Smith Westerns mined the sounds of ’90s Britpop, Whitney reach back further for a more pastoral, homespun sound on loan from Neil Young and the Band. It’s chill, but these songs about fractured relationships and faded dreams also hold some weight. They’re suffused with a heavy sense of wanderlust that can only be cured by going on the road—a sense of turning endlessly until a better sight comes into view.
Rolling Stone interviewed Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell.
Signature listed alternative history books done right.
Turntable Kitchen shared a June mixtape.
Book Riot interviewed author Marilynne Robinson.
The band White Denim visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.
Literary Hub recommended beach reading for June.
PopMatters profiled the band Heron Oblivion.
Salon interviewed David Daley about his new book Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy.
Stream a new Avalanches song that features Toro Y Moi.
Salon listed six film depictions of Ernest Hemingway.
The Cincinnati Enquirer profiled singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.
Stream and/or download Isbell's recent Mountain Jam show at NYCTaper.
PopMatters profiled violinist Sarah Neufeld.
"Those who haven't dipped their toes into Neufeld's solo work might be surprised at its eclectic roots and branches. It’s tuneful but adventurous, owes a debt to the avant garde but never rises to the level of esoteric. It seems only appropriate that she would arrive at that amalgamation. She points to her family’s diverse record collection. Bach and Bartok rubbed sleeves with Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix who in turn rubbed sleeves with rare recordings from South Africa and West Africa. "
TruthDig recommended books about Muhammad Ali.
MTV interviewed punk legend Alice Bag.
American Songwriter interviewed singer-songwriter Will Oldham.
Rolling Stone interviewed Stephen King.
Paste listed bands from the '90s you didn't know were still active.
Actor and author Ethan Hawke discussed his favorite books at The Week.
Drowned in Sound discussed the best albums and songs of 2016.
Noisey profiled the band Bleached.
also at Largehearted Boy:
previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists