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June 18, 2010

Shorties (Chillwave, Best 20 UK Writers Under 40, and more)

The Japan Times examines the chillwave music genre.

So what exactly is, ahem, chillwave? At its core, it is melodic, blissful electronic grooves influenced by 1980s synth pop and shoegaze. Often self-recorded on laptops, the use of different effects and filters add a lo-fi, psychedelic edge to the songs. The mellow dance tracks are suited well for sunny afternoons spent reminiscing.

The Telegraph lists Britain's best 20 novelists under 40.

Today's additions to the 2010 Bonnaroo downloads page:

mp3 sets:

Jimmy Cliff
Kris Kristofferson
The National (the first mp3 dl listed is new)
Norah Jones
She and Him
Tori Amos

Lossless sets:

Dave Matthews Band

Video sets:


Click Track asks, "Which music video best steals from modern art?"

At Slate, Rosecrans Baldwin examines the prevalent use of dogs barking in fiction.

Flavorwire lists songs inspired by modernist literature.

We All Make Music is an online guide to help "musicians thrive in a post-label world."

NPR lists the top crime novels for summer reading.

Canada's Polaris Music Prize has named the 40 albums longlisted for the 2010 award.

Adam Ross talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, Mr. Peanut. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and a collection of Alabama barbeque sauces in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

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