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August 3, 2010

Shorties (Arcade Fire, Justin Cronin, and more)

On sale at Amazon MP3: The Arcade Fire's new 16-track album, The Suburbs, for $3.99.

Pop & Hiss, Muso's Guide, Speakeasy, Austin Music Source, Paste, and the Seattle Times review the album.

Win Butler talks to CBC News about The Suburbs.

The Telegraph profiles Justin Cronin, author of the bestselling novel The Passage.

Margaret Cho talks to Spin about her forthcoming music album, Cho-Dependent.

Gaper's Block offers a video of Cho's song, "I'm Sorry," which features Andrew Bird.

The Quietus interviews Chuck Rowell of Crocodiles.

So, devoid of any scene in which to neatly slot Crocodiles, the band has been tagged as a Jesus and Mary Chain sound alike.

"It's just lazy. I don't think we sound like them at all, certainly not the new album anyway. When we started out, we were just two people onstage with a drum machine so I can guess people jumped to conclusions."

The Wall Street Journal lists the five best books about female adventurers.

The Chicago Sun-Times previews this weekend's Lollapalooza music festival.

The Book Studio previews August's top new books.

PopMatters interviews Alison Mosshart of the Dead Weather and the Kills.

The Atlantic profiles author Tao Lin.

The Georgia Straight praises the songwriting of the Drive-By Truckers' Mike Cooley.

50 novels to read when you need a good laugh.

Paste lists Roseanne Cash's book tour dates for her memoir, Composed.

The Awl lists the most stolen books at New York's McNally Jackson bookstore.

Bombay Bicycle Club talk to Clash about the surprising success of their acoustic album Flaws.

Anne Rice talks Christianity with All Things Considered.

The Beatles Complete on Ukulele now offers 80 mp3s of Beatles covers.

Fresh Air interviews author Gary Shteyngart about his new novel, Super Sad Love Story.

Win a $100 Threadless gift certificate and the Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa box set from the Criterion Collection 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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