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April 17, 2010

Shorties (Record Store Day, Avett Brothers, and more)

Today is Record Store Day, get out and support your local independent record store.

The Reno Gazette-Journal interviews Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers.

io9 lists 11 science fiction novels for fantasy fans.

Information Is Beautiful offers an infographic about how much music artists earn from online sales.

The Globe and Mail previews books still to be released this spring.

The Financial Times notes the increasing convergence between the worlds of graphic novels and pop music.

In the Guardian, Canongate publisher Jamie Byng profiles singer-songwriter and poet Gil Scott-Heron.

The poet Gwendolyn Brooks once described Gil as a "rough healer". It's perfectly put, capturing the rare blend of ingredients that makes him such a powerful and affecting artist. But why does this colossus remain relatively unknown? Is he too political? Too uncompromising? Too angry? Too satirical? Too painful? Too playful? Too alive? Too black? Too human? Gil is all of these things and yet these descriptions only give you a slice of his rich output and complicated personality. When he was brought to Arista by Clive Davis in 1975 he was billed by the label as "the black Bob Dylan". While over-simplistic and racist, it is true that Gil is a poet of enormous subtlety and warmth, a political and social commentator who has always railed against those things in the world that he believes are wrong.

Monitor Mix and its readers share their love for indie record stores on Record Store Day.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
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Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists