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July 23, 2010

Shorties (The Fiery Furnaces, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and more)

Assembly Journal interviews Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces.

People are just as happy with the talk about the object, or the talk about the processes making the object, being interesting. They don't mind that the object or the processes themselves aren't interesting. There's no difference to them. They’re very happy with having Vampire Weekend in place of Elvis Costello. As the media gets smaller and smaller, because of closer small-worldness I guess, success is the only thing that’s interesting.

Cinematical reviews Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

As far as deadpan hipster comedies are concerned, Scott Pilgrim is the Godfather of the genre – a massive, sprawling epic that builds and builds while offering just enough ironic asides to make fully sure that no one involved is taking themselves too seriously.

Variety also reviews the film. interviews Justin Cronin, author of The Passage.

The Los Angeles Times remembers the glory days of LA's alt-weekly comics.

Moviefone lists the five children's books that Hollywood should tackle next.

Go! Magazine shares a list of essential Old 97's songs.

The Irish Times profiles singer-songwriter Will Oldham.

The Huffington Post shares a definitive Mad Men reading list.

The Boston Globe delves into the cassette tape revival.

Billboard Business News examines Amanda Palmer's success in self-marketing her Radiohead covers album.

American Songwriter interviews Radiohead drummer Philip Selway.

Help fund the Welcome to Daytrotter documentary.

Graphic Policy is a blog that covers the intersection of comics and politics.

Drowned in Sound has announced the nominees for its Neptune Music Prize 2010 (an alternative to the Mercury Prize).

At HOBART, author Andrew Ervin interviews Bayo Ojikutu.

NPR lists 10 hot reggae songs for summer.

Win a copy of Anthony Bourdain's new book Medium Raw and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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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