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September 24, 2010

Shorties (Of Montreal, Daniel Kehlmann, and more)

Of Montreal visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Guardian profiles author Daniel Kehlmann.

The Guardian lists favorite novels set in Oxford.

The Wall Street Journal offers a field guide to live music online.

The Herald profiles singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose.

There are all sorts of influences swirling around in Rose’s songs – 70s AOR, indie-folk, 60s girl-pop – but there’s little doubt that country music runs in her blood. That much was clear from the moment she first popped up on the radar late last year with the Dead Flowers EP. Featuring a sparse but faithful cover of Cline’s Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray, it suggested that this was someone who instinctively knew her way around the dusty heartlands of old-time country.

The Los Angeles Times profiles the ukulele cover band, Ooks of Hazzard.

WalletPop interviews singer-songwriter Aimee Mann about making a living as an indie musician.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter Amelia Emmet, who performs under the moniker of Mr. Sister.

Emmet performs as Mr. Sister, whose dark-hearted songs sound like they could have been released yesterday or nearly 60 years ago on Harry Smith's "Anthology of American Folk Music."

The New Republic reviews Jonathan Franzen's novel Freedom.

Stream the new Baseball Project song, "Don't Call Them the Twinkies," which features vocals by Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

At io9, six scientists select the most accurate science fiction novels in their fields.

Wikipedia's comparison of online digital music stores.

At Drive On, a GM audio engineer lists 10 songs to test your car stereo.

Maud Newton interviews William Gibson about speculative fiction and his new book, Zero History.

Cartoonist Eric Drooker talks to the Wall Street Journal about his animations for the Allen Ginsberg film, Howl.

NPR lists five books to ignite an opera obsession.

Win a copy of Roger Ebert's new book, The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker, 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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