Shorties (An Excerpt from Amber Caron’s New Collection, A Profile of Black Belt Eagle Scout, and more)

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Electric Literature shared a story from Amber Caron’s new collection Call Up the Waters.

Premiere Guitar profiled Black Belt Eagle Scout’s Katherine Paul.

The music of Black Belt Eagle Scout, helmed by Katherine “KP” Paul, is an expression of the heart, one that just so happens to be deeply entwined with Paul’s indigenous roots. And on the band’s latest release, The Land, The Water, The Sky, she’s distilled her personal connection with nature, as well as that love she has for her ancestry, into a set of new atmospheric, lambent, alt-rock tracks, with a range of textures that embody that self-defined world.

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Paste profiled Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers.

Though Heaven Is a Junkyard is the first Youth Lagoon album in eight years, Powers couldn’t let the idea of a “comeback album” enter his headspace when making it—because the record simultaneously felt like a Youth Lagoon album and something new and raw and unfamiliar at the same time. Bursting with grit and glazed over in hypnotic sepia, Heaven Is a Junkyard is, in no uncertain terms, a rebirth.

Leila Slimani discussed her novel Watch Us Dance with The Cut.

Nick Cave and Debbie Harry covered the Dun Club’s “On the Other Side.”

Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Shondaland and Town & Country recommended July’s best books.

Cover Me recapped June’s best new cover songs.

Writers recommended summer reading at the Guardian.

Stream a new song by Kieran Hebden and William Tyler.

Diana Whitney recommended poetry collections about transformation at Electric Literature.

Paste recapped June’s best albums.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s talked to Shondaland about their poetry collection, Negative Money.

One of the things that I was thinking about when writing these poems is that there are so many different types of money … and we all probably use several many times a day. We are always exchanging, contracting, negotiating — sometimes with legal tender and sometimes with emotions and behaviors. We are always “paying” for something — the past, present, and future all at once — and our monies come from different places, like capitalism, colonization, etc.

Stream a new song by the Wytches.

Jack Driscoll discussed his collection Twenty Stories with Electric Literature.

Pitchfork remembered Rick Froberg of the bands Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, and Obits in five songs.

Parker Young talked to Full Stop about his new story collection Cheap Therapist Says You’re Insane.

I probably like first-person perspective because it automatically adds a layer of distortion to the story that I find compelling.

Members of bdrmm broke down their new album at BrooklynVegan.

Mihret Sibhat recommended books about women across the world searching for agency at Electric Literature.

Bratmobile reunited for the first time in over 20 years.

Jhumpa Lahiri talked to the New Yorker about her story in this week’s issue.

Jenny Lewis discussed her new album with Weekend Edition.

Garth Greenwell interviewed author Edmund White.

Collaborators of Richard Swift remembered the musician five years after his death at Aquarium Drunkard.

Hiromi Kawakami talked to the New Yorker about her story in this week’s issue.

Stream a new song by Margo Cilker.

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