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May 6, 2009

Shorties (Art Spiegelman, The National, and more)

The Washington Post's Comic Riffs blog interviews comics legend Art Spiegelman.

nyctaper shares mo3s of the National's May 3rd Radio City Music Hall performance.

RIP author Marilyn French

IGN lists the top 100 comic book villains.

The Guardian reports that Nick Cave's rejected script for a sequel to Ridley Scott's Gladiator has surfaced.

AfterEllen interviews singer-songwriter Emily Wells.

AE: Something great about your music is that it doesn’t really fit into a specific genre. It seems like the two main styles you merge in your music are hip-hop and classical. What other influences are there?

EW: I love folk music. I like Bob Dylan ... but so does everyone. He’s definitely someone I totally respect. I would say I’m also heavily influenced by Jazz, although I’m not sure how much of that makes it into my work. Gosh, I love anything I can get my ears on. Just like instruments — whatever I can get my hands on. Old country music, I love—

At IGN, Madina Lake chooses their top 10 concept albums.

Drowned in Sound recaps April's music releases.

The Globe and Mail profiles one of my favorite comics publishers, Drawn & Quarterly.

"For a long time, there was an impenetrable mindset in North America that comics were genre-based junk for children," says Adrian Tomine, whose D&Q-published Shortcomings was selected as a 2007 New York Times Notable Book. "D&Q did a lot to change that."

Drowned in Sound interviews the Horrors' Tom Cowan.

WHYY's Fresh Air interviews author Ayelet Waldman about her new essay collection, Bad Mother, and excerpts from the book.

Salon reviews Waldman's book.

Read Waldman's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book.

NPR's Morning Edition explores the world of Tibetan rock music.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from Rodriguez.

This week's Largehearted Boy giveaway: three Harvey Pekar graphic novels, including his latest, The Beats: A Graphic History.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists