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August 28, 2010

Shorties (Peelander-Z, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

The Toronto Star profiles Peelander-Z.

A bombastic three-piece garage band who sound like Melt Banana voiced by The Ramones, Peelander-Z, made up of guitarist Peelander Yellow (Kengo Hioki), bassist Peelander Red (Kotaro Tsukada) and drummer Peelander Green (Akihiko “Cherry” Naruse), stick to their story. Their colourful Power Rangers-esque costumes, they insist, are not clothing, but their actual skin.

The Independent profiles author Jonathan Franzen, and the Globe and Mail interviews him.

Paste lists 10 worthwhile September music releases.

The Guardian interviews author Lynne Truss.

The Los Angeles Times offers a travel guide to literary New Orleans.

Wayward Blog lists five modern copycat songs.

The Rumpus reviews Andrea Scrima's novel, A Lesser Day.

The Guardian profiles cartoonist Posy Simmonds, whose graphic novel Tamara Drewe has been adapted into a feature film.

The Record holds a female music writers roundtable discussion.

Catherine Price, author of the travel book 101 Places Not to See Before You Die, talks to Morning Edition. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

LCD Soundsystem visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: the 13-track Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros self-titled album.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best railways in literature.

The Smoking Section lists 75 great somgs from 2010 (so far).

The longlist for the Guardian First Book Award has been announced, and includes Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Steven Amsterdam's Things We Didn't See Coming.

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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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