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June 25, 2009

Shorties (Haruki Murakami, Amanda Palmer, and more)

The Yomiuri Shimbun interviews author Haruki Murakami. (part 2 of the interview)



How indie musician Amanda Palmer made $19,000 on Twitter in 10 hours.


Yesterday's updates to the 2009 Bonnaroo music festival live show downloads page include mp3s of performances by moe., Citizen Cope and Toubab Krewe, and lossless bittorrent downloads of the Bruce Springsteen show.


The A.V. Club interviews Amadou Bagakoyo of Amadou & Mariam.


The Tennessean profiles Those Darlins.


Philadelphia Weekly aggregates tributes to its departed writer, Steven Wells.


Time Out Chicago and Paste interview Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.

The Detroit Free Press interviews the band's drummer, Steve Shelley.


Marvel Comics shares an mp3 of the theme song for its Runaways comic.


NPR's Morning Edition talks to author Petina Gappah, and excerpts from her stunning debut short story collection, An Elegy for Easterly.


On Sale at Amazon MP3 for $1.99: Grag Laswell's 12-track album, Three Flights from Alto NIdo.


NPR's All Things Considered profiles singer-songwriter Todd Snider.


Decider Austin interviews the members of Double Dagger about the intersection of post-punk and graphic design.

D: Post-punk and spare design aesthetics have a long mutual history. Any idea why?

BW: If I was to venture a guess, I’d say that because post-punk is generally an artier take on punk rock, a lot of people who are into that music also have an interest in art. Or maybe they just have friends who are graphic designers. [Laughs.]

NS: I think that as a whole, post-punk is historically a little more stripped down and austere, which is a reaction against this great piling on of everything that you get in punk.


At Drowned in Sound, Andy Falkous of Future of the Left dissects the band's new album, Travels With Myself And Another, track-by-track.


"Why New Novelists Are Kinda Old."


NPR recommends nonfiction books for summer reading, and Oprah shares her summer reading suggestions.


Win 50 CDs and 50 books in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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