Shorties (Osamu Dazai: TikTok Star, Jamie Stewart on the New Xiu Xiu Album, and more)

Daily book & music news & links.

The New York Times examined TikTok’s influence on Osamu Dazai’s book sales.

Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart discussed the band’s new album with Our Culture.

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Paste previewed March’s most anticipated albums.

BuzzFeed recommended March’s best new paperback books.

NPR Music explored the significance of De La Soul’s discography being available to stream.

It’s about more than the songs being ready at our fingertips. If you didn’t grow up in the 90s, or earlier, living and breathing De La Soul’s music on car speakers and in headphones, its trio likely exists in a mythical space.

Rafael Frumkin recommended novels about complicated queer relationships at Electric Literature.

Bandcamp Daily, All Songs Considered, Pitchfork, BrooklynVegan, and Paste listed the week’s best new albums.

The New York Times and BuzzFeed recommended the week’s best new books.

Pitchfork remembered jazz great Wayne Shorter through six of his songs.

Shondaland previewed March’s best books.

David Mura discussed his book The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself with Electric Literature.

The Creative Independent interviewed author Delia Cai.

I used to always go to author’s readings and loved the question whenever they were asked, “How much of this is real?” And it always made me laugh when people would act like, “How could you say this? It’s totally made up.” There’s an investment in kind of pretending that this is totally made up and just a figment of the imagination. I think as a reader figuring out what you think is probably true and what is made up is half of the fun sometimes.

Claire George covered Sufjan Stevens’ ‘To Be Alone With You.’

Town & Country recommended spring’s best books.

SPIN shared an oral history of Cursive’s The Ugly Organ album.

The New York Times’ lit trivia focuses on science fiction trilogies this week.

The Guardian shared an oral history of the 2000s UK indie rock scene.

Stream a new song by the Album Leaf.

Stream a new song by Gabby’s World.

The New York Times Style Magazine recommended books that should be added to the new Black literary canon.

Stream a new song by Sparks.

Stream a new song by the So So Glos.

Stream a new Buzzy Lee song.

Stereogum reconsidered Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt album on its 10th anniversary.

Though she was only in her early twenties when Cerulean Salt came out, the album does not feel like the work of a novice. Crutchfield channeled the isolation of being young and missing someplace familiar into songs that are raw and bone-deep weary, confident in their sparse execution.

Stream a new song by Miya Folick.

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