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July 24, 2014

Book Notes - Maya Lang "The Sixteenth of June"

The Sixteenth of June

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Maya Lang's debut novel The Sixteenth of June is a clever reworking of James Joyce's Ulysses set in modern Philadelphia.

Booklist wrote of the book:

"Lang’s clever first novel tracks three twenty-somethings… They all find some resolution by the end of the day, although it isn’t necessarily the one they expected or hoped for… What matters more is the family dynamic and its currents of longing, loss, and love."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Maya Lang's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel, The Sixteenth of June:


The Sixteenth of June features three twentysomethings grappling with that post-college, pre-thirties stage of life, a sort of second adolescence as they negotiate adulthood. It also involves quite a bit of music, as one of the characters is a singer.

"Damage" by Yo La Tengo

I love this song's lyrics and haunting vocals. I had this in mind for Nora, grieving over her mother and feeling generally lost. Nora finds that time isn't helping; she thinks about her mother (dead for nearly a year) now more than ever. This melancholic, moody song captures her mindset.

"Mr. Brightside" by The Killers

The novel opens with Leo turning the volume up on an unnamed song. This is the song I had in mind, not only because it played incessantly in 2004 (when the novel is set), but also because it's perfect for Leo, a frat boy, doggedly optimistic by nature, a populist in his tastes. I imagine him blasting it on his commute to work.

"I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel

I have my books/ And my poetry to protect me;/ I am shielded in my armor,/ Hiding in my room, Safe within my womb / I touch no one and no one touches me. These lines describe Stephen, the brooding intellectual, perfectly. He would wince and protest that it's too folksy and be annoyed with me for choosing it.

"The Very Thought of You" by Ella Fitzgerald

Nora performs at a jazz club on Saturdays. The novel takes place on a Friday, so it made sense to me that she would be going over the notes in her head. I wanted to find a song cheerful on its surface that Nora would turn into something darker. This is a love song, springy and bright and brassy, but Nora ends up changing the key. I imagine her arrangement sounding more like the Etta James version.

"The Flower Duet" from Lakmé

The fact that I first heard this on a British Airways commercial tells you just how familiar I am with opera. I needed an aria for Nora to be rehearsing when Stephen first hears her, practicing in her college dorm room. I wanted that moment to be arresting, Nora's voice startling in its beauty. It had to be a piece I genuinely loved in order to connect with it.

"Golden" by My Morning Jacket

I wrote much of the novel at a coffee shop in Seattle where the tables are just barely bigger than the laptops and you're at constant risk of brushing elbows with the person next to you. (I should note that I had a colicky newborn at the time and needed to get out of the house to write.) The acoustic quality of the song made me feel like I was in a bigger space; it has a cavernous, echo-y quality that's quite mesmerizing. The song also has a feeling of forward momentum that I found encouraging.

"Weird Fishes" by Radiohead

I'm a huge Radiohead fan, and this is one of my favorite songs of theirs. I listened to it on loop while writing The Sixteenth; its play count is absurdly high on my computer.

"Hearts on Fire" by John Cafferty

This is where I lose all music credibility and reveal myself to be the absurd creature I am. I listened to this song (from the Rocky IV soundtrack) when it was time to query agents. I listened to it before my book tour events, before my first big interview, and I still listen to it when I need a boost. I don't know why I identify with a boxer doing calisthenics in the middle of Siberia, but there you have it. No pain.


Maya Lang and The Sixteenth of June links:

the author's website

Bookreporter review
Kirkus review

CarolineLeavittville interview with the author
Monkeybicycle interview with the author
Philadelphia Inquirer profile of the author
Washington Post interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists


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July 24, 2014

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - July 24, 2014

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Motor City Burning

Motor City Burning
by Bill Morris

Set in the chaos of the Detroit race riots, this searing novel follows disillusioned young civil rights activist Willie Bledsoe, who finds himself in the crosshairs of a driven white cop who suspects him of murder. A rich and thrilling read from an acclaimed author.


Pure Green Magazine #8

Pure Green Magazine #8

This latest issue of the Ontario-based magazine is focused on the concept of home. There are eco-tips for home maintenance, there is a feature on a couple who lives in a vintage Airstream camper, plus features on two other unique living spaces. There are even some tasty-looking organic recipes at the end!


Comics Squad

Comics Squad
by Various

What a dream! Comics Squad collects work by a large list of kid-focused cartoonists, including Raina Telgemaier of Drama and Smile fame, Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints, Level Up, American Born Chinese), Dave Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and so many more! Pizza monsters, aliens, bullies, heroes, jokes, and terrible puns abound!


The Walk Home

The Walk Home
by Rachel Seiffert

An unsparing novel that explores national dramas as they are played out on an intimate scale. Seiffert illuminates the intricacies and emotions of Scottish sectarianism, and contrasts them against the experiences of contemporary Polish immigrants in Glasgow. The Walk Home is being hailed as brave and perceptive – Seiffert clearly continues to be a writer to watch!


The Symmetry Teacher

The Symmetry Teacher
by Andrei Bitov

This metaphysical mystery by the contemporary Russian master attempts to recall a long-forgotten and now untraceable English novel via his own long-ago hurried translation of the text. The result as a sort of literary palimpsest that lovers of Calvino, Borges and Nabokov will surely enjoy.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


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Shorties (Curtis Sittenfeld on Alice Munro, Underrated Pop Albums, and more)

Author Curtis Sittenfeld discussed the works of Alice Munro at the Wall Street Journal.


Flavorwire listed underrated pop albums of the past 20 years.


The Guardian listed the top child narrators in literature.


The Quietus interviewed Luke Turner of Mogwai.


The Almost Live at Mellow Pages podcast interviewed author D. Foy.


Pitchfork is streaming the new Hooray for Earth album, Racy.


Emma Straub listed the top 10 vacations in history at the Guardian.


The Quietus profiled singer-songwriter Kiran Leonard.


Author Sean Michaels discussed theremins and music blogging with the Los Angeles Times.


Singer-songwriter Bob Mould visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Temporary literary tattoos.


The Memphis Commercial-Appeal is counting down the 100 best songs about the city.


Motherboard offered a feminist science fiction primer.


Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show listed his top five songs about prison at The A.V. Club.


Mother Jones interviewed author Roxane Gay.


NPR Music is streaming live performances from the Newport Folk Festival this weekend.


Tom Bissell interviewed William T. Vollmann at the New Republic.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
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)


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Daily Downloads (Strand of Oaks, Marah, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Edwards Crossing: Edwards Crossing EP [mp3]

Go Life: "I'm Not Really Here" [mp3]

The Gromble: "Don't Stand a Chance" [mp3] from

Jamie Lono and Noble Heart: Jamie Lono and Noble Heart EP [mp3]

Mandolin Orange: Live Tapes EP [mp3]

Manican Party: "Rakim (Dead Can Dance cover)" [mp3]

Melt Like Clouds: Sun Drip album [mp3]

The Pharmacy: "Strange" [mp3] from Spells (out August 12th)

Strand of Oaks: World Cafe Session EP [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

Marah: 2014-07-12, New York [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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July 23, 2014

Book Notes - Susan Scarf Merrell "Shirley"

Shirley

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Susan Scarf Merrell's Shirley is a brilliant homage to both the life and works of author Shirley Jackson, a psychological literary thriller as captivating as it is fascinating.

Booklist wrote of the book:

"Jackson has always been one of the more intriguing and misunderstood writers of her generation, a woman writer at the cusp of feminism's second wave who nevertheless was erroneously dismissed for writing mere 'domestic fiction.' Merrell brings this complicated and compelling woman to life through the kind of taut and intimate thriller Jackson herself would have been proud to call her own."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Susan Scarf Merrell's Book Notes music playlist for her novel, Shirley:


Shirley Jackson was very musical, and loved just about all of it—from classical to piano jazz to bullfighting music. Her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman was a fan of jazz and blues and folk, and the record player in their house was in constant use. I myself have the kind of singing voice that sounds like a sick cat, and an appropriately tin ear (I sound okay to ME). But ever since I was a child, I've loved the music of poetry as much as I love prose—one of the first "songs" I remember hearing was my mother reading Poe's Annabel Lee out loud. So the pieces here are selected on the basis of story for the most part. If the music pleases you, it's because I'm lucky enough to live in a household of musical people, who mostly prevent me from ever hearing the bad stuff.

Shirley is Rose Nemser's book. It's driven by her vision and what her past brings to the world of the story: the impoverished nature of her childhood, her yearning for love without really understanding what it is, her need for someone to care for and to care for her, her need for a maternal figure on which to model herself. So when I think about music to enhance the way one reads Shirley it's in terms of Rose. Romantic and sentimental, but a little bit cursed at the same time.

1. There's only one song that matters within the novel, a folk song called "The House Carpenter" (sometimes "The Demon Lover"). "Well met, well met, my own true love/Long time I have been seeking thee/ I am lately come from the salt sea/And all for the sake, love, of thee." The version here, from the Library of Congress' Archive of Folk Culture (Anglo-American Ballads, Vol. 1), is hoarsely beautiful, so scratchy and idiosyncratic that the listener's brain immediately provides a whole life story for the distinctly unpolished singer.

2. A poetry anthology my English class studied in the 8th grade included the text of Paul Simon's song "Dangling Conversation." It was the first time I intellectually understood the link between musical lyric and poetry, and I often think about the pure simplicity of these verses and the haunting ambivalence of Simon's storytelling.

3. Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love," because how could you be 19-year-old Rose in 1964 and not love this song?

4. And Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose," because not only would Rose adore the song for its wistful yearning, but she'd also adore its Gallic sophistication.

5. There's one spontaneous after-dinner dancing scene in the novel, and it's most definitely NOT to The Magnetic Fields' "Nothing Matters When We're Dancing," but the movie romance of the dance floor is so inherent to this song, and movie romance so much a part of learning what one believes love is, that it begs to be here.

6. Vetiver's "Houses." Because houses. Jackson. You know. "I could never make it in your house/You could never make it in mine."

7. Wilco's dreamy, haunting "Reservations" saturates your ears, so that you almost don't realize how creepy and sad it is. It's the same way Shirley Jackson's writing prickles the reader—you are amused and entertained but creeped out as well, in a most delicious way.

8. I had to add Lena Horne's version of "Someone to Watch Over Me." Rose would find Horne's version mesmerizing, and the song itself is the essence of what Rose wants for her own life.

9. Hearing Bombadil's "Honeymoon" for the first time, my initial thoughts were about how nothing ever really changes—"honey if you took back all the promises and rings/and little things and when he sings/ would you still know/what lies behind that honeymoon."

Relationship IS danger, as much as it is safety and home. The other is never completely known…There's something so eternal about this song; I would have wanted to hear it decades ago as much as I like to listen to it now.

10. The Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line": Shirley has been called brooding and dark, but I don't think it is. Accepting that love is complicated—that there's romance in surviving and compromising and living with and next to the other—is, to me, perhaps the most ridiculously wonderful notion there is. "Well it's all right/ the best you can do is forgive."

11. Porches' "Good Book." Maybe it's not about love, and yet of course it is. Like every song ever written. "baby I'm just a good book/that you pick up when you want to/and put it down when you are tired/but fold the page when I knew you/and you knew me/it's a good one"


Susan Scarf Merrell and Shirley links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry

Independent review
Kirkus review
LitReactor review
Washington Post review

The Daily Beast profile of the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists


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Book Notes - Phil Elverum "Dust"

Dust

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

I have long been a fan of Phil Elverum's music, his bands the Microphones and Mount Eerie have been staples of my playlists for years. His new photobook Dust exposes his talent for storytelling through photography, each spread of photos is hauntingly balanced in this beautifully designed volume.

Exclaim wrote of the book:

"Like Mount Eerie, there's a certain otherworldly quality to Dust that's easy to get lost in, with each page flip bringing you deeper into Elverum's faraway and often ghostly world. No, there's no actual record hidden within the pages, but there doesn't need to be; Dust is a beautiful statement in its own right."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In his own words, here is Phil Elverum's Book Notes music playlist for his novel, Dust:

This is a wordless book of photographs that has no story and no point. Honestly, it is very difficult to come up with music that relates to the book because for the most part my aim in assembling these images was to convey some kind of statement about impermanence and void. I guess most people would try to relate these ideas with something more visually bleak, but I think it's very interesting to consider these ideas while walking around in beautiful places, in the midst of the realistic sensory overload that is everyday life. To me, a picture of a new red car parked in front of a dilapidated karate building says "emptiness" because I notice the bushes growing through the window and the many layers of history erasing and replacing each other. Many layers on every page, in every view, all the time every moment, physical matter churning around so constantly that nothing is really solid. Appropriate music for this book would really be non-music, just the sound of a breeze, a trickle of water, traffic, etc. But here are some of my favorite songs anyway and some ideas about how they might relate:

(NOTE: I designed the book as pairs of images meant to be viewed as spreads. That's why they are listed that way here.)

pages 5 & 6
"The Piano Drop" by Tim Hecker (from Ravedeath, 1972)
The whole album is amazing and deserves to be heard as one piece of music, but for the purposes here this song will do. The glimmer on empty water, the moon in an empty sky, sharp symmetry, a razor horizontal line, a circle. The real wild world occasionally makes straight lines and points, poking our minds open. This music is an excellent interweaving of the wild and the precise.

pages 9 & 10
"Open Field" by Maher Shalal Hash Baz (from "Blues du Jour")
The photo on page 9 is literally of the man who made this music, Tori Kudo. On tour in Matsuyama, Japan I had the good luck to spend a morning hanging out with him. I can't summarize his work here, but the way the figures seem to accidentally pass and miss each other (on both pages) and the disorienting skew of page 10, plus the piercing moon, pretty much capture the sensation of Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Moments of accidental brilliance, constantly.

pages 11 & 12
"Some Lightning" by Thanksgiving (from "Nothing")
Specifically the words "the shape of those rocks coming out of the ocean, that is my shape". These rocks seem to jut out so strikingly that they become charismatic personalities. Mirrored by the mid-summer toasted wild grass on a sloping hill, the atmosphere here is of a young poet hanging out under a tree by the water saying sayings to the inanimate surroundings. This early Thanksgiving song was made by a very young brilliant Adrian Orange, an actual real-life lounging grass-grove poet who went on to write the best songs in human history. I picture him in that grass.

pages 33 & 34
"Generous Palmstroke" by Björk (from Vespertine singles)
The house on page 34 is a couple blocks from my house. I walk past it daily, listening to music in my headphones. Frequently I listen to this specific Björk song, trying to figure out how she made that close humming texture, while I walk to the studio to work on my own music. Close and spooky and dynamic. I haven't been able to figure it out but I've been listening to it for many years. Many nights I walk past this house's roses lit like that, dramatically. Both of these images have a similar close and spooky feeling. Unusually intimate.

pages 41 & 42
"Hello Earth" by Kate Bush (from "Hounds of Love")
Even though Kate Bush doesn't always sound so detached from earth (usually persistent and prominent snare hits), this song is totally loosed and floating. These images are from a morning drive through Somerset in southern England. I don't know where in England Kate Bush is from, but it's close enough. Wandering through unearthly trees in a British fog, thinking of generations past, diverting frequently into spooky eastern European mens' choirs, voices from behind trunks. These trees almost look like a set from a movie, but it was really like that.

pages 49 & 50
"Over Dark Water" by Mount Eerie (from "Clear Moon")
OK, yeah, I know, it's taboo for me to put my own song on this list, but it is very appropriate. This image on page 50 is exactly of what the song is about. This photo was taken on Deception Pass bridge late into a sunset, looking west. You can see the strip of orange sky through a slit in the clouds, out past beyond the dark water and the blinking green light of a lighthouse. Geneviève, the singer in the song, appears at an unnatural elevation, lit from the side by distant headlights. The song is about mentally riding on those high winds, like valkyries or witches, westward over these exact waters towards the ocean, illuminated orange and wild. The murk on page 49 is the tumult of the water below, the distorted bass.

pages 83 & 84, plus 91 & 92
"Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog" by Wolves In The Throne Room (from "Black Cascade")
Pages 83 & 84 are meant to basically scream "Pacific Northwest". The image of Snoqualmie Falls is hopefully immediately recognizable from the opening credits of Twin Peaks, appearing here as a lazy visual shortcut, but foggier. The shredded massive cedar trunk feels like a scream to me. I don't know what could do this to a tree. Epic forces exist here. Wolves In The Throne Room is definitely the music for these images. Their whole project is to give voice to this epic force, specifically Pacific Northwestern, in an exaggerated and sacred way. This song in particular starts with a pretty amazing primal scream, something definitely coming up from beneath. The title is a reference to a painting I love by Caspar David Friedrich of a lone wanderer looking out over an "other world" type of landscape, back to the viewer, weird and alien and symmetrical. The image on page 92 is a nod to that painting: 3 figures watching an indistinguishable orb in a copper night fog. The vivid sharpness of the stars on page 91 is also found in the music, chiming in the overtones (if you listen to it loud enough).

pages 107 & 108
"Renihiliation" by Liturgy (from "Renihiliation")
Two thick black metal songs in a row, sorry. I think it is necessary to do it all the way if you're going to do it at all. Liturgy makes music like a very sharp blade. It is precise and enveloping. It brings me immediately to another place, cold and clear. These 2 images, blasting through piercing snow in a car and arriving in the thickest of white walls of snow, so thick that everything goes dark, this is the feeling of Liturgy's music. They call it "transcendental black metal" and I agree. It is a movement to a brighter place, not darker, but somehow so blindingly brighter that it feels like a wall of white noise. It might as well be black. That wall of trees might as well be solid.

pages 131 & 132
"Tirili Tovann" by Kirsten Bråten Berg (from "Nordisk Sang" compilation)
Page 131 was taken in western Norway, traveling up the fjord, up the river, into the mountains. This is a traditional Norwegian song. I'm not sure what it's about exactly but I made out the word "skogen" (forest). It is easy to picture Kirsten Bråten Berg on that ridge in the background, singing out to a neighbor 2 fjords over, like Swiss yodeling but much more beautiful, like a bird that can fly super high and loves getting whipped around on the high atmospheres, or like a wild river that gracefully consumes tree groves. The placid river scene on page 132 is at home in the Skagit Valley and is also a component of that music, the omnipresent low drone note on the fiddle.

pages 57, 58, 59 & 60
"Aavehuminaa (Katjalle)" by Es (from "Kaikkeuden kauneus ja käsittämättömyys")
This is the sound of my imagined version of Finland, made by actual Finnish people. These first 3 images are in Helsinki. There is no picture of a sauna here, but the feeling is there. Inside those ordered buildings on 57 & 58 (taken a year apart incidentally) there is clearly some coziness happening, behind an iconic birch trunk and a grid of walls and window coverings. On 59, a power plant and the setting sun's glow stand in for the transforming otherworldly sauna feeling. Out of nowhere a stack of trucks blasts across west Texas, into a new thing, like the ice plunge wakeup. This song by Es is one of my favorites ever and brings me immediately to a snowy tundra in my mind, high winds whistling and squealing, opening the door to a tiny hot room where everything transforms.


Phil Elverum and Dust links:

the author's website
excerpts from the book

Exclaim review

Exclaim profile of the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists


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WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - July 23, 2014

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores.


How a Mother Weaned Her Girl From Fairy Tales

How a Mother Weaned Her Girl From Fairy Tales
by Kate Bernheimer

The tale is in the telling, and this new collection of lyrical, exhilarating fairy tales makes use of the moribund, ruthless aspects of the Brothers Grimm and the lilting, calmative qualities of Mother Goose.


Levels of Life

Levels of Life
by Julian Barnes

Master storyteller Julian Barnes applies his erudite, unsparing hand to the wrenching experiences of growing older and losing what one loves and cherishes to passing time and to death.


Hunted Down

Hunted Down
by Charles Dickens

"What young men will do, sometimes, to ruin themselves and break their friends" ... Charles Dickens, of course! But this time it's in the setting of the classic detective tales, "stories in which the men of the law make their mark."


Doug Unplugs on the Farm

Doug Unplugs on the Farm
by Dan Yaccarino

Doug Unplugs on the Farm is the perfect fable to inspire the Minecraft generation to reacquaint themselves -- or acquaint themselves -- with the world beyond the Apple product.


WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Tumblr
WORD on Twitter
WORD's Facebook page
WORD's Flickr photos


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
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)


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Shorties (The Man Booker Prize Longlist, Jenny Lewis Profiled, and more)

The longlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize has been named.


Paste profiled singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.


Full Stop interviewed author D. Foy.


Stereogum listed essential songs from the golden era of emo.


CBC Books listed its favorite literary references on The Simpsons.


The Guardian listed the best parody songs.


GQ listed its top 20 beach reads.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Interpol guitarist Daniel Kessler.


Lauren Groff wrote about the mermaids of Weeki Wachee at the Oxford American.


Paste listed songs with obscure soccer references.


Comic Book Resources interviewed Mimi Pond about her graphic novel Over Easy.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
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)


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Daily Downloads (The Raveonettes, Sea Wolf, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

Adryelle: The Waiting Room album [mp3]

Fever Shakes: Concrete Echo album [mp3]

Geology: Our Intertwining Words album [mp3]

Jmzs Smith: Pretty People EP [mp3]

Raveonettes: "Sisters" [mp3] from Pe'ahi

Sea Wolf: Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke album [mp3]

Sincerely Iris: License Plate Sessions EP [mp3]

Various Artists: Doomed and Stoned in Portland album [mp3]

Various Artists: 2014 Summer Sampler: Mist and Moss album [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

King Buzzo: 2014-07-14, Brooklyn [mp3]


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other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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July 22, 2014

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - July 22, 2014

The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes' surprise new album Pe'ahi is by far my favorite new release.

Alvvays' self-titled album, The Black Angels' Clear Lake Forest, and PS I Love You's For Those Who Stay are other discs I have heard and can recommend.

What new releases are you picking up this week? What can you recommend? Have I left anything noteworthy off the list?


This week's interesting music releases:

Alvvays: Alvvays
The Amazing Snakeheads: Amphetamine Ballads
Anti-Flag: A Document of Dissent 1993-2013
Big Deal: June Gloom (Deluxe Edition)
The Black Angels: Clear Lake Forest
Blind Thorns: Blind Thorns
Colony House: When I Was Younger
Common: Nobody's Smiling
Dakota Suite and Quentin Sirjacq: There Is Calm to Be Done
Donato Dozzy and Say DJ: Polarity EP [vinyl]
Electric Funeral: Total Funeral [vinyl[
Field Mouse: Hold Still Life
Fleetwood Mac: Boston Vol. 3 [vinyl]
Floor: Homegoings and Transitions / Shadowline [vinyl]
FREEMAN: FREEMAN
Got a Girl: I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Haitian Rail: Solarists
Jonwayne: Cassette on Vinyl
Joyce Manor: Never Hungover Again
La Hell Gang: Thru Me Again
La Roux: Trouble In Paradise
Lawrence English: Wilderness of Mirrors
Lee Hazlewood: Friday's Child (reissue)
Martyrdod: Elddop
Matthew Young: Recurring Dreams [vinyl]
Midnight Masses: Departures
Mike Doughty: Live at Ken's House
Mogwai: Come on Die Young (Deluxe Edition)
Mutilation Rites: Harbinger
Neil Hamburger: First of Dismay
Nico Vega: Lead to Light
Nona: Through the Head
OBN IIIs: Live in San Francisco
PS I Love You: For Those Who Stay
The Raveonettes: Pe;ahi
Real Friends: Maybe This Place Is the Same and We’re Just Changing
Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics
RX Bandits: Gemini, Her Majesty
The Story So Far: Songs of (Acoustic EP)
White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent


also at Largehearted Boy:

weekly music release lists

100 online sources for free and legal music downloads
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)


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Shorties (Folio Society Changes with the Times, A New Raveonettes Album, and more)

Publishing Perspectives examined how Folio Society is changing with the times.


Drowned in Sound interviewed Sune Rose Wagner about the new Raveonettes album, surprisingly released this week.


The Japan Times profiled Annie Clark of St. Vincent.


PopMatters listed the top 25 albums in Merge Records' history.


Author Porochista Khakpour shared her daily habits with Adult.


Will playlists replace the album?


Author Yannick Murphy interviewed herself at Publishers Weekly.


The A.V. Club listed the best albums of 2014 so far.


The Rumpus interviewed author Lucy M. Johnson.


Paste listed the most visually captivating music videos.


R.I.P., author Thomas Berger.


Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen played a solo Tiny Desk Concert.


The Guardian predicted books that will make the 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist.


Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" posts.


also at Largehearted Boy:

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

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
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)


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Daily Downloads (Shovels and Rope, The Sunshine Fix, and more)

Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads.


Today's free and legal mp3 downloads:

2:54: two tracks [mp3]

Casey Jack: "Not in Love with the Modern World" [mp3] from Casey Jack (out August 26th)
Casey Jack: "Stay Away" [mp3] from Casey Jack (out August 26th)

L'anarchiste: The Traveler album [mp3]

Populous: "Brasilia" [mp3] from Night Safari

Shovels and Rope: Swimmin' Time Primer EP [mp3]

The Teaspoons: free and legal The Teaspoons album [mp3]

Turning Plates: "Falling Lives" [mp3] from The Shouting Cave (out September 22nd)

Wednesday's Wolves: The Queen EP [mp3]


Free and legal live performances at other websites:

The Sunshine Fix: 2003-09-20, Athens [mp3]


search for more free and legal music downloads at Largehearted Boy


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily free and legal mp3 downloads
covers collections
100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, books, and pop culture news and links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtrack)
weekly new album lists


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