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March 14, 2011

Shorties (Worst Albums of 2011, China Mieville, and more)

Blog on the Tracks gets an early start and names the worst albums of 2011 (already).

Unsolving the City interviews author China Mieville.

Annia Ciezadio talks to Weekend Edition about her new book, Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War. An excerpt is also shared.

The Music Alliance Project's March installment is online, and features 36 new songs from around the globe.

The Guardian Books Blog lists the best 10 American poems.

Bradley's Almanac shares mp3s of three live covers:

Rival Schools covering the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now"
Superchunk covering SSD's "Glue"
Wild Flag covering Patti Smith's "Ask the Angels"

At Metro, Jami Attenberg profiles the Pizza Island collective of cartoonists and illustrators.

On the edge of industrial Greenpoint, in one tiny, sunlit room lined with computers and desks, sits a collection of some of the finest up-and-coming female graphic novelists, cartoonists and illustrators in New York City. They contribute to The New Yorker and Vice, The New York Times and The Believer alike. They publish zines, comic books and memoirs. They work quietly, with their heads down, but sometimes they share business tips or give each other input on their work. Also, they gossip. The name of the studio is Pizza Island.

Ellen Meister talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, The Other Life.

J. Mascis talks about his favorite guitarists with the Guardian.

James Carroll talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World.

Paste lists the best concert films.

Amazon MP3 has a new selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
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