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July 9, 2010

Shorties (Toro Y Moi, To KIll a Mockingbird, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick.

The Huffington Post excerpts Anna Quindlen's essay from the new book, Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Talk of the Nation interviews the book's editor, and shares another excerpt.

mp3 sets added yesterday to the list of 2010 Bonnaroo downloads:

Against Me!
The John Butler Trio
She and Him
the XX

American Songwriter interviews the Guggenheim Grotto.

At Salon, Laura Miller cautions about taking book blurbs at face value.

So when publishing people look at the lineup of testimonials on the back of a new hardcover, they don't see hints as to what the book they're holding might be like. Instead, they see evidence of who the author knows, the influence of his or her agent, and which MFA program in creative writing he or she attended. In other words, blurbs are a product of all the stuff people claim to hate about publishing: its cliquishness and insularity.

The Guardian gauges bloggers' reactions to Pitchfork's new blog collective Altered Zones.

The Guardian talks to bloggers, editors, promoters and DJs about the prevalence of online mixes served as podcasts.

At The Faster Times, Michael Kimball interviews author Kevin Sampsell.

In the Guardian, Tom Ewing examines the changing face of lo-fi indie music.

Author Ben Greenman exchanges letters with Art Beat.

Singer-songwriter Jimmie Webb talks to PopMatters about his new album, Just Across the River.

Book designer Eric Hanson discusses his cover of John Waters' Role Models at Faceout Books.

Up on the Sun lists must-hear songs from the first half of 2010.

At The Millions, Emily St. John Mandel shares a "particularly catastrophic" summer reading list.

Brandaroo is a blog about branding at music festivals.

The Nervous Breakdown excerpts from James P. Othmer's new novel, Holy Water.

The BBC Music Blog lists its favorite albums released in June.

io9 lists the best science fiction and fantasy books for summer escapism.

Alt.Latino profiles women who rock in Spanish.

NPR lists summer's monster hit books.

Win 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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