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May 3, 2012

Shorties (Best Memoirs About Mothers, Mike Watt's Photography, and more)

Flavorwire lists 10 of the best memoirs about mothers.

Sound of the City interviews Mike Watt about his forthcoming photography book, the fIREHOSE reunion, and playing Stooges covers.

PopMatters excerpts the first chapter from Rob Jovanovic's book Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground.

At Moonshot, Mira Ptacin offers tips on how to run your own literary series.

Misconstrue looks back at 10 amazing Portland bands.

The Santa Barbara Independent profiles the band Cuddle Magic.

What do you get when you mix six classically trained musicians together in a pop band? If you're lucky, something resembling Cuddle Magic. Derived during its players' collective stint at the New England Conservatory of Music, the band combines an ambitious mix of chamber orchestrations, lo-fi folk ruminations, and experimental pop flourishes, resulting in a sound that falls somewhere in between Joanna Newsom's harp-fueled songbook and twee-minded acts like The Moldy Peaches and Castanets.

Bookworm interviews Peter Behrens about his new novel, The O'Briens.

PopMatters lists the top 10 most notable career suicide albums.

The 6th Floor excerpts from Tom Gauld's graphic novel Goliath.

The WQXR Blog examines the changing role of the music critic in a digital age.

Flavorwire lists 10 beautiful literary boxed sets.

BBC Wales Music lists examples of the unexpected dangers of playing live music.

Neil Gaiman interviews Stephen King.

The A.V. Club interviews Jack White about his new album Blunderbuss.

The Chicago Tribune interviews Anne Rice about her latest novel, The Wolf Gift.

Paste recommends 12 North Carolina bands you should listen to now.

LitFactor is a new website that facilitates joining authors with agents.

The Guardian is streaming both versions of the reissued Loveless album by My Bloody Valentine.

Tablet shares tips on how "not" to read aloud to kids.

Win a DVD of James Franco's Hart Crane biopic The Broken Tower 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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