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July 18, 2010

Shorties (Mountain Man, Adam Ross, and more)

Weekend Edition profiles Mountain Man, whose forthcoming album Made the Harbor (out July 20th) is truly one of the year's outstanding records.

Adam Ross, author of the new novel Mr. Peanut, lists his literary influences at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The Seattle Times interviews Alison Mosshart of Dead Weather and the Kills.

The Arizona Republic interviews Robert Plant about covering two Low songs on his new album.

Q: You've chosen two songs ("Silver Rider" and "Monkey") by American indie group Low for the new CD. Did that band's sparse arrangements leave plenty of room for interpretation?

A: Atmosphere is what Low works on; it's the fuel that drives them. So I've tried to stay close to that property but at the same time make it more Band of Joy, (adding) the psychedelic aspect of it.

Today's Soundtrack interviews Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay.

Bryan Lee O'Malley talks to the Toronto Star about the whirlwind currently surrounding his Scott Pilgrim series.

Mix With Love offers a monthly downloadable mixtape of new music.

Sam Kean talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The Disappearing Spoon, which shares the histories of the elements in chemistry's periodic table.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Pavement's classic 14-track Slanted and Enchanted album for $3.99.

Paper Cuts interviews John Brandonabout his new novel, Citrus County.

WXPN is streaming live sets from this weekend's XPoNential Music Festival, including shows by Alejandro Escovedo, The Felice Brothers, The Walkmen and many more.

At Impose, Newspaper Blackout poet Austin Kleon lists the best books he's read recently.

The finalists for comics' 2011 Harvey Awards have been named.

This Recording lists the 50 best songs of 2010.

The Rumpus interviews David Means about his new short story collection, The Spot.

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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

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