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May 1, 2010

Shorties (The Hold Steady, Daniel Clowes, and more)

WXPN is streaming last night's Hold Steady concert.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews the band's guitarist Tad Kubler.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Daniel Clowes' new graphic novel, Wilson.

DCist interviews Clowes about the book.

Access Atlanta lists the "25 books all Georgians should read."

The Telegraph lists 10 of Europe's best summer music festivals.

The Atlantic examines how record stores can survive the internet age.

Deadbolt lists the top 5 albums of 2010 so far.

The Times-Picayune interviews singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins.

The Guardian offers a pronunciation guide to tricky band names. aims to help you find your favorite records on vinyl.

Today is Free Comic Book Day! Visit your local comic book store for free comics & festivities.

In the Guardian, author Blake Morrison discusses the high cost of quoting music lyrics in books.

For one line of "Jumpin' Jack Flash": £500. For one line of Oasis's "Wonderwall": £535. For one line of "When I'm Sixty-four": £735. For two lines of "I Shot the Sheriff" (words and music by Bob Marley, though in my head it was the Eric Clapton version): £1,000. Plus several more, of which only George Michael's "Fastlove" came in under £200. Plus VAT. Total cost: £4,401.75. A typical advance for a literary novel by a first-time author would barely meet the cost.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best visions of heaven in literature.

A Google Maps atlas of places mentioned in songs by the Mountain Goats.

The Guardian examines the role of talking animals in fiction.

On sale at Amazon MP3: She & Him's debut album, the 13-track Volume One for $3.99.

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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