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August 22, 2014

Shorties (An Indie Bookstore Roadtrip Map, An Interview with Bob Mould, and more)

Chin Music Press is compiling an indie bookstore road trip map.


Marc Maron interviewed singer-songwriter Bob Mould.


The Rumpus interviewed Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn.


Quirk Books listed the best books that feature golf.


BrooklynVegan interviewed Daniel Kessler of the band Interpol.


All Things Considered interviewed an independent bookstore owner about selling diverse books.


PopMatters shared an excerpt from the book Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock.


The Jewish literary map pf New York City.


The Guardian looked back on the career of singer-songwriter Kate Bush.


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


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 and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
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)

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August 22, 2014

Daily Downloads (Futurebirds, The Features, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Adam and I: Adam and I Sampler EP [mp3]

Emblems: "Transitions" [mp3]

The Features: Old Familiar Melodies - 2008-2013 album [mp3]

Former Friend: Six Before Five EP [mp3]
Former Friend: Bill EP [mp3]

Futurebirds: "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" [mp3]

Lonesome Leash: "The Night Was Old" [mp3]

Robbie Santis: Seasons EP [mp3]

Sneakout: "The Art of Hanging On" [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Mothers: 2014-08-15, Athens [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists

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August 21, 2014

Book Notes - Elissa Washuta "My Body Is a Book of Rules"

My Body Is a Book of Rules

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Elissa Washuta's My Body Is a Book of Rules is a bold and powerful memoir of mental illness and identity, a precisely told and captivating book.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

"In a reliably honest, original and frank fashion, Washuta's ruminations lift the veil of her chronic (and highly medicated) bouts of mental illness to reveal the confused, frenetic and often traumatic reality of living with overwhelming bouts of depression and mania."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Elissa Washuta's Book Notes music playlist for her memoir My Body Is a Book of Rules:


My memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, is a book of my early twenties. I tell the story of my bipolar disorder diagnosis and treatment, my Native American/Euro-American identity confusion, and trauma following episodes of rape and sexual assault. The book is not exactly linear: I interweave my own story with pop culture references and present chapters in different forms, like a college term paper and a Match.com profile, to create a snapshot of my bipolar brain at a particular point in time. It's a story about how I stopped seeing my body as the cruel master of my brain and began to believe the whole package of myself was worth caring for.

Timbuk 3 – "The Future's So Bright, I've Gotta Wear Shades"
In June of 2007, nothing could pull me down by my mortarboard's bright red tassel or silken commencement cords. Things were going great and only getting better: I was too high on my brain's own brand of dopamine to choke. In the mornings, my body made freckles and vitamin D poolside while my brain tried to fold in the antipsychotics that would turn me from beast to beauty. Heavenly blessed and worldly wise, eyes on the grad school escape hatch that would transport me out of there, at night, I poured vodka over all the brain cells that got me graduated.

Depeche Mode – "Personal Jesus"
There was a time when I believed in divine mysteries, folded my hands across the lap of the plaid skirt of my uniform jumper, and trusted the Lord to work me out. As a child, when the Eucharist dissolved on my tongue, I believed that I was not alone. I reached out, groped, and touched nothing when the nuns promised me that God was everywhere. I did not lose faith so much as withdraw it from the Lord once I knew he wasn't listening, and I shoved it onto every body I met—the cruel boys, young and grown, then the tiny forms of every pill, one savior after another. Someone would hear my prayers. Someone would deliver. I asked for so much but had so little sense of what, exactly, I was asking for.

The Gits – "Second Skin"
One of the first things I learned in college was that I was in the wrong skin. If I was to be Native American, the other students said, I should not look so white. I needed a second skin, something born from deep in my bones to hold me up, swaddle me, and remind me I was a Cowlitz woman with special strength. "But you don't look Indian," strangers would say, and I'd tell myself, girl, just let it breathe, but they took away my lungs, my mouth, and even my pores.

Joy Division – "Day of the Lords"
I thought I would live a long time bearing my hymen like a shield. I thought it kept me impenetrable. I never knew I could bleed so much without seeing a wound. Outside my bathroom's locked door, sleeping like a seraph, was the fucker I'd trusted—the one who promised we'd take it slow but, in darkness and silence, delighted in bloodsport. This room, where he slept in defiance after I told him not to take my body, was the start of it all.

Liz Phair – "Fuck and Run"
I had a boyfriend, and then I didn't. Yes, I wanted all that stupid old shit—letters and sodas. I also wanted to work all the hate out of my body, like a gymnast practicing the correct moves over bad learning. I fucked and I ran but the malignancy was in my own body cavity, so I let it run me.

Nirvana – "You Know You're Right"
The summer before my senior year of college, I became convinced that I was addicted to infatuation. I saw a psychiatrist who told me that condition didn't exist, but he could offer me straight-up depression and some pills to knock it right out. My ex-boyfriend kept asking me, "Where did Elissa go? What have you done with Elissa?" and I told him that she was gone. I no longer had to hide: I was a shark and I had eaten that dumb little girl.

Motörhead – "Ace of Spades"
Who would have known that depression and bipolar disorder require different forms of drug treatment? My doctor would have—but instead he glanced at the results of my intake quiz and found me sad. Who would have known the antidepressants would turn me into the vibrating string of a guitar, my moods quivering in rapid movements through mania and depression over the course of a day. I liked to gamble: drinks on an empty stomach, men with weapons and tempers, the worst neighborhoods at ugly hours. When mania and depression mixed, it was all the same to me, and when no drug would fix me, it all became a game to me: will I or won't I let myself out of this place alive?

Nirvana – "Big Long Now"
Halfway through senior year, my doctor and I found a drug that worked, a drug peerless in its class. Soon after I was stabilized near the top of my endless climb, my body was covered in a recognizable rash, about which all patients are warned, signaling a potentially fatal reaction. I went off the drug and back to the pharmacy line, imploring a new drug to fix me. I had shown my face, for a few days, to the sun. Now I knew I would never leave this pit.

Tom Waits – "Goin' Out West"
Skip back to where I began this list. I juggled drugs. I discovered the sun. I graduated. And then I left for Seattle with my real scars and my baby face, where I hoped somebody would appreciate me, because I'd had about enough of myself.

Jay-Z – "Change Clothes"
Fresh to death: It's my birthday. It's my first time at this bar. It's Halloween. I'm new in this city. I'm new to karaoke. I'm new to online dating. I promise you, it's no substitute: it's just me and my pickled brain straining to be seen and not seen behind my shield. What you want me to do?

Neil Young – "Fuckin' Up"
I did not mean for the curves beneath my flowing gown to be an invitation. My heart was meat and my legs were jelly the night a second hound found my scent and came for what he wanted. I said no and he said all kinds of things. Drifting on the road at dawn, hand up for a cab, I asked the friend's voice on the other end of my phone, "Why do I keep fuckin' up?" Over and over, I would ask the question, and nobody would tell me that mine was not the leash that had broken.

Britney Spears – "Toxic"
A pill like this should wear a warning: one that makes me unable to sweat, unable to do anything but scrapbook and thrift-shop; one that makes holes in my memory that I can put fists through; one that slaps forty pounds onto my abdomen. Instead, the pill bottles tell me not to drink alcohol and not to get pregnant. My kidneys are filled with lithium sludge. I'm slipping under within forty minutes of taking my antipsychotics nightly, so I never complain. I love what they do, and I know that they're toxic.

Throwing Muses – "Delicate Cutters"
In late 2007, I quit writing fiction and started writing about my real dread. I spent years in rooms turning regrets into beginnings and endings. I turned back to look at my early wounds through clear windows of prose, then threw my head through the panes. I cut the wide sheet of memory into delicate shapes and hung them on my screaming walls. This segment of life would have another ending: I would write myself out the door of my madhouse.

Massive Attack – "Teardrop"
Love is a verb, a doing word, and I could perform no greater act of love for my embattled self than turning her into a narrator, scrutinizing her, and letting her be done with the horrors and of her extended adolescence. I stumbled; I've been shaken. Only my wrenching words could make me lighter.


Elissa Washuta and My Body Is a Book of Rules links:

the author's website
video trailers for the book

Kirkus review
Publishers Weekly review
The Stranger review
The SunBreak review

HTMLGIANT interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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Book Notes - Choire Sicha "Very Recent History"

Very Recent History

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Choire Sicha's Very Recent History is a clever and witty satire of life in the New York City.

All Things Considered wrote of the book:

"Choire Sicha's writing charms and delights, but beneath the biting wit and cynicism [he] dares to explore the darker underbelly of human avarice and capital, a book that's equal parts blindingly terrifying and smartly humorous, and one of the most clever reads I've encountered in a long time."


In his own words, here is Choire Sicha's Book Notes music playlist for his book Very Recent History:


I mostly did not much appreciate 2008 and 2009 in music much at the time, but then I was distracted. Weren't we all?

Very Recent History, because it's nonfiction, although no one seems to want to believe that, did have an actual soundtrack of that time, the music of clubs and bars, the music of the top charts that follow us around everywhere, the music spilling out of the cars in summer. The songs were about falling in love or falling out of love, like almost all the songs all the time everywhere. So this is quite literally the soundtrack of the book.

There were also some recession jams, BLESS.

This was just shortly after the beginning of the dominance of Rihanna, an era (March, 2007-???) in which we still live. But/and it was also a very good time for gays; not only was there good actual gay music...

Scissor Sisters - Invisible Light from CANADA on Vimeo.

...in some ways this new post-house era is sort of Disco Redux, right? Rihanna wants to be Madonna, and she probably is, and that's gay enough, but in some ways she's Donna Summer (five Grammys, twelve gold singles) too.

Here is music from 2008 and 2009, music that I appreciate now, even as I found some of it grating or even stupid and just plain basic at the time. Tastes change, but also nostalgia flavors things quite tastefully. That is indeed how people grow up.


Choire Sicha and Very Recent History links:

All Things Considered review
The Atlantic review
Entertainment Weekly review
Full Stop review
Globe and Mail review
Mother Jones review
New Yorker review

Interview Magazine interview with the author
Los Angeles Times profile of the author
Slate interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - August 21, 2014

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story

Fairy Tales: When Architecture Tells a Story
by Blank Space Publishing

Fairy Tales is the result of an unconventional architecture competition, in which the call was for architects to submit narrative-based design proposals. Synthesizing architecture and storytelling through stories, poems, memoirs and comics, illustrations, photos and diagrams, this book contains the 24 best “fairy tales” out of over 300 entries from over 50 countries. Submissions were judged on both their story and the strength of their design proposal. This innovative collection aims to render architecture more accessible to non-architects, and proves that design ideas can be effectively communicated through prose.

White Girls

White Girls
by Hilton Als

If you haven’t yet had the chance to read Hilton Als’ genre-blending, category-defying collection of essays exploring race, gender, identity through a dissection of pop culture, there has never been a better time to do so, now that White Girls is available in paperback. Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, this fearless and personal cultural critique merits all of the hype and praise that has been lavished upon it.


The Believer #109 – The Music Issue

The Believer #109 – The Music Issue

Boasting a cover by Marcel Dzama (who is also featured within) as well as a free 7-inch vinyl record complete with new music from Dzama and members of Arcade Fire, the much anticipated Music Issue has finally arrived! Inside you’ll find interviews with Meredith Monk, Nancy Sinatra, Killer Mike, Glenn Branca, a feature on Arcade Fire’s tour of Haiti, a deconstruction of tUnE-yArDs, and a consideration of the literary merits of the memoirs of rock star exes.


Lucky Peach #12 – The Seashore Issue

Lucky Peach #12 – The Seashore Issue

Quarterly food journal Lucky Peach turns their focus seaward in their twelfth issue. As you’d guess the content is pretty sea-critter heavy, featuring articles, essays, art, recipes and photo spreads in keeping with the nautical theme. We’re particularly enticed by the recipes inspired by the iconic coast depicted in 1980’s classic film, The Goonies, but this wonderful cinematic homage is but one of many awesome features, including stories of a shrimp farm in Indonesia, the sea monsters of Korean BBQ, clam-shucking on Long-Island, and so much more! Bonus: a tear-out sixteen-page BEACH READS comic book to take on your seaside jaunts, featuring Jason Jägel, Tony Millionaire, and others.


Anorak 32 – The Cities Issue

Anorak 32 – The Cities Issue

Anorak Magazine aptly calls itself “the happy mag for kids,” though its stellar graphic design and content make it a joy for children and adults alike. As you may have guessed by its theme being “Cities,” the most recent issue takes readers on a journey around cities past, present and future, both real and imaginary. Readers can delve into the depths beneath the pavement of “Anorak Metropolis” to discover what lurks there, as well as learn from a real town planner how cities are built. In addition to the excellent games, crafts, and illustrated stories that are standard in every issue, there is also a brand new column entitled “Ask Stuff” where the answers to important questions (such as “Why do cats sleep so much?” are revealed!


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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Shorties (An Interview with Margaret Atwood, The Best Overlooked Film Soundtracks, and more)

Vulture interviewed author Margaret Atwood.


Word and Film listed the best overlooked film soundtracks.


Time, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Wall Street Journal reviewed the new Haruki Murakami novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.


Bookworm interviewed author Kevin Birmingham.


SPIN interviewed Alex Levine of the band So So Glos.


Vogue interviewed Italian novelist Elena Ferrante.


Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij discussed his Broadway scoring debut with Stereogum.


All Things Considered examined diversity in the publishing industry.


Deceptive Cadence chronicled the use of classical music on The Simpsons over the years.


The Guardian listed the best restaurants and bars in modern literature.


Royal Blood discuss their new self-titled album track-by-track at Drowned in Sound.


Time Out New York interviewed author Justin Taylor.


Strand of Oaks visited The Current for an interview and live performance.


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


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 and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
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)

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Daily Downloads (S, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Angela Perley: "Hurricane" [mp3] from Hey Kid

Ian McGlynn: A Map to Get Away: The Collection album [mp3]
Ian McGlynn: Christmas Past & Present Sampler EP [mp3]

Lauren Shera: Live at Hotel Cafe EP [mp3]

Roadkill Ghost Choir: Slow Knife EP [mp3]

S: "Vampires" [mp3]
S: "Vampires (Swim Good remix)" [mp3]
S: "Brunch" [mp3]

Una Lux: "Simon" [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Chartreuse: 2014-08-17, Athens [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists

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August 20, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - August 20, 2014

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores.


Augustus

Augustus
by John Williams

From the famed author of Stoner, this lyrical, engrossing novel in imaginary letters advances a speculative version of the common lives of extraordinary men and women from Rome in the time of Augustus. John Williams imbues the figures of that period with intimacy and vividness.


Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

This novel does parallel narratives really well -- one in the present after the family's daughter has disappeared, and one that starts with the parents' lives and elucidates the circumstances that brought us to the present. Ng's narrative weaving is masterful.


Flings

Flings
by Justin Taylor

NYC's own Justin Taylor returns with a clutch of new stories rife with strong characters, complex but clear story lines, and enough humor to anchor the otherwise bleak, dispiriting results of ambition, romantic or otherwise.


Twitter: The Comic (The Book)

Twitter: The Comic (The Book)
by Mike Rosenthal

The absurdities of The Feed come alive in this collection of cartoon renderings of odd, creepy, and ridiculous entries into the great ephemeral stream of Twitter.


WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Tumblr
WORD on Twitter
WORD's Facebook page
WORD's Flickr photos


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)

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Shorties (Fall's Best New Books, The Best Sappy Love Songs of the 1970s, and more)

The Slanted recommended fall's best new books.


PopMatters listed the best sappy love songs of the 1970s.


All Things Considered examined the challenges writers of color face in MFA programs.


Singer-songwriter Ty Segall played guest DJ at All Songs Considered.


Scott Cheshire discussed plotless novels at Electric Literature.


Brow Beat lists the best fictional mixtapes from books and movies.


Lev Grossman wrote about finding his writing voice in the New York Times.


Pitchfork listed the best music videos of the decade so far.


The Guardian examines the rise in popularity of experimental fiction.


The Atlantic examined the history of the word "the" in band names.


Mother Jones shared a list of songs about police brutality.


Authors recommended the best books about identity for teenagers at the Guardian.


OK Go visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Publishers Weekly interviewed publisher Amy Einhorn.


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


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 and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
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)

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Daily Downloads (SOS, J Fernandez, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Brother Earth: "City of Gold" [mp3] from Positive Haywires (out September 16th)

Glasmus: Glasmus EP [mp3] from Orphan EP (out September 2nd)

Heidemann: "Well Well" [mp3]

Mumblr: "Roach" [mp3] from Full of Snakes (out September 16th)

The New Victorians: Dustpile single [mp3]

SOS: "Dead or Alive" [mp3] from Orphan EP (out September 2nd)

Tamden Shy: Tamden Shy EP [mp3]

Umphrey's McGee: UM Covers It: Live from Wanee: 04.12.14 album [mp3]

Various Artists: Alt/Punk Vol. 3 (ALGB 005) album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

J Fernandez: 2014-03-15, Austin [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists

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August 19, 2014

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - August 19, 2014

Orenda Fink

Orenda Fink's Blue Dream is by far my favorite new release this week.

Imogen Heap's Sparks and Literature's Chorus are new albums I can also recommend.

Three Fela Kuti albums have been reissued on vinyl, Confusion, Sorrow, Tears and Blood, and Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense

What new releases are you picking up this week? What can you recommend? Have I left anything noteworthy off the list?


This week's interesting music releases:

Addison Groove: Turn Up the Silence EP
Apache Dropout: Heavy Window
Ark Life: The Dream of You and Me
Arndales: Dog Hobbies USA
Aviator: Head in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt
Bahamas: Bahamas Is Afie
Bebel Gilberto: Tudo
Benjamin Booker: Benjamin Booker
Bishop Allen: Lights Out
Bob Carpenter: Silent Passage (reissue)
Botanist: VI: Flora
The Brokeoffs: Restless Leg
Buddy: Last Call for the Quiet Life
Caroline Rose: I Will Not Be Afraid
Castanets: Decimation Blues
Christian Gregory: Count On You
Connections: Into Sixes
Cream: Best of Cream
Crime: Murder By Guitar
Daniel Johnston: Fun (reissue) [vinyl]
Electric Würms: Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate): You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
Fela Kuti: Confusion (reissue) [vinyl]
Fela Kuti: Sorrow, Tears and Blood (reissue) [vinyl]
Fela Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (reissue) [vinyl]
The Human League: Dare! (reissue) [vinyl]
Imogen Heap: Sparks
Israel Nash: Rain Plans
Japan: Tin Drum (reissue) [vinyl]
Jenny Hval and Susanna: Meshes of Voice
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas: Secret Evil
jj: V
Joel Gion: Apple Bonkers
John Lennon: Shaved Fish (reissue [vinyl]
Joy: Under the Spell of Joy
Julia Holter: Tragedy [vinyl]
Kimbra: The Golden Echo
The Kinks: Lola Versus Powerman & The Moneygoround, Part One
The Last Internationale: We Will Reign
Liam Bailey: Definitely Now
Literature: Chorus
Moon Duo: Live in Ravenna
Music Go Music: Impressions
Octagrape: Emotional Oil
The Offspring: Smash 20th Anniversary Reissue [vinyl]
Opera Multi Steel: Opera Multi Steel [vinyl]
Orenda Fink: Blue Dream
Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden
Peliroja: Injusticia
The Posies: Failure
Punch: They Don't Have to Believe
Roedelius: Flieg Vogel Fliege
Sarah Jaffe: Don't Disconnect
Sleeping Bag: Deep Sleep
Smoke Dawson: Fiddle
Snow Patrol: A Hundred Million Suns (reissue) [vinyl]
Souls of Mischief: There Is Only Now
Spiritualized: Fucked Up Inside (reissue) [vinyl]
Spiritualized: Let It Come Down (reissue) [vinyl]
Statik Selektah: What Goes Around
Tashi Dorji: Tashi Dorji
Various Artists: Kompakt Total 14
Various Artists: Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited
Wiz Khalifa: Blacc Hollywood


also at Largehearted Boy:

weekly music release lists

100 online sources for free and legal music downloads
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)

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Shorties (Dani Shapiro on Memoir Writing, Stream the New Gemma Ray Album, and more)

Dani Shapiro discussed memoir writing at the New Yorker.


MOJO is streaming the new Gemma Ray album Milk for Your Motors.


YAY!LA interviewed author Jim Ruland.


SPIN interviewed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.


The Guardian shared a guide to Chicago in literature.


Weekend Edition interviewed singer-songwriter Imogen Heap.


Guernica interviewed author Karen Russell.


Pitchfork listed the 100 best albums of the decade so far.


Fresh Air interviewed Stephan Erik Clark about his debut novel Sweetness #9.

Read an excerpt from the book.


NPR Music is streaming the new Shovels and Rope album Swimmin' Time.


Flavorwire listed 25 authors who wrote great books before they were 25.


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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 and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
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)

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