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August 19, 2010

Shorties (Amanda Palmer, Jennifer Egan, and more)

The Boston Phoenix profiles singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

The Morning News profiles author Jennifer Egan. is a new music streaming service, "internet-radio made by music blogs."

The Millions offers a primer to the work of author David Markson.

Rocks Off lists the 10 worst back to school soundtracks.

The Voice of Russia reports that leading Russian soccer players will take part in a children's literacy campaign.

The Christian Science Monitor recommends three noteworthy summer mystery novels, including Zoe Ferraris's City of Veils.

The Georgia Straight profiles Casiokids.

These days, Casiokids no longer sound like a Norwegian version of Girl Talk—or the latest answer to the Dirty Wolf Bear Collective. Instead, whittled down to a quintet, the group comes on like a block party headlined by Matt & Kim, Sigur Ros, and Fela Kuti. Yes, Topp stemning pa lokal bar is that awesome. Sung entirely in Norwegian, the songs swing confidently from the indie-rock–sprayed keyboard-pop of “Gront lys i alle led” to gorgeously layered world-music dalliances like “Verdens storste land”.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Martha McPhee today about her novel, Dear Money.

PopMatters responds to Gibson's list of the top 50 guitar albums with a top 10 list of its own.

Paste lists the 23 greatest sci-fi songs of all time.

NPR recommends nonfiction reading for the end of the summer.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Morning Benders' 10-track album Big Echo for $3.99.

Orbit Books compares fantasy fiction book covers from 2008 and 2009.

Writers on Process interviews Best Coasts's Bethany Cosentino about songwriting.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and the Friday Night Lights : Season Four DVD 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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