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April 4, 2016

Shorties (April's Must-Read Books, 2016's Best Albums So Far, and more)

Vulture and Flavorwire previewed April's must-read books.

Dazed listed the best albums and mixtapes of 2016 so far.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist by Thomas Beller
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
The Lost Tribe of Coney Island by Claire Prentiss
Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson
South on Highland by Liana Maeby
The Time Is Noon by Pearl Buck

Los Angeles band Golden Daze shared some in-studio songs at Aquarium Drunkard.

The Guardian profiled author Maggie Nelson.

Stereogum interviewed musician and author Ben Watt.

Hazlitt interviewed author Leanne Shapton.

The Poughkeepsie Journal profiled the Mountain Goats.

Author Eileen Mules discussed her career at the Guardian.

The Guardian recommended essential underground Australian albums.

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discussed her new short story "The Burglar" with the New Yorker.

FACT profiled musician Tim Hecker.

Bret Easton Ellis talked to the Guardian about the 25th anniversary of his novel American Psycho.

NIaller9 shared a playlist of March's best songs.

Literary Hub interviewed Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney about her debut novel The Nest.

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright discussed his favorite books at the New York Times.

Rob Spillman talked to the Los Angeles Times about his memoir All Tomorrow's Parties.

Ane Brun played a Tiny Desk Concert.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recommended new books about baseball.

Flavorwire listed April's essential new albums.

Author Helen Macdonald discussed her favorite books at The Week.

Catfish and the Bottlemen visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Author Yann Martel discussed his favorite books with Books Live.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)