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September 1, 2010

Shorties (Jenny and Johnny, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

Vanity Fair interviews Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice about their duo, Jenny and Johnny, and new album, I'm Having Fun.

There seems to be a revived interest in the last few years in the duet format— She & Him, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson have had recent success—what’s unique and fun about this approach?

Jonathan Rice: To me, selfishly, I find it more interesting, than hearing just myself.

Jenny Lewis: I never intended to set out and be a singer-songwriter. I just sort of became one, because I put out my own record. But it’s very difficult to do everything all on your own; to stand up there and sing all alone and having to field questions. It’s a lot easier when you’re part of a gang, or a duo. And we feel happy to be a part of the ampersand-band movement.

SoundSpike also interviews the duo.

The A.V. Club interviews Jonathan Franzen about his new novel, Freedom.

The Christian Science Monitor reviews the novel.

Stuff profiles Sleigh Bells.

"I think the music we make is reflective of the atmosphere we want to create in a live setting ... We want the crowd to be hot and sweaty and dancing. We want this to be the type of record people blast in their cars really loudly when they're driving to the beach, or dancing in a club."

NYU Local lists the 20 best songs of the summer.

The Chicago Tribune previews fall's top album releases.

A Blog Supreme
recommends five jazz albums for hip hop fans.

Capital New York profiles Antony and the Johnsons.

Jeph Jacques (the cartoonist behind the webcomic Questionable Content) lists his favorite albums of 2010 (so far).

Flavorwire lists 10 essential hip hop films.

At Fast Company, Ryan Marshall explains how he used social media to promote his charity album, Do Fun Stuff: Vol. 1 (and land it the top spot on iTunes' children's charts).

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Nell Freudenberger.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a Mondo Boys, Tidal Wave mixtape of summer music.

Cartoonist Hope Larson talks to Robot 6 about adapting Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time into a graphic novel.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Ryan Bingham's 13-track Junky Star album for $3.99.
Jonsi's 9-track Go album for $3.99

The Guardian talks to artist Catherine Anyango about adapting Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness into a graphic novel.

Invisible Oranges has a classically-trained voice teacher analyze five classic male metal singers.

The Guardian lists the top 10 books about UFOs.

Morning Edition talks to Alex Cohen about her new book, Down and Derby: An Insider's Guide to Roller Derby.

An excerpt from the book is also shared.

At All Songs Considered, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch previews the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival.

Win all three books in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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