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September 9, 2010

Shorties (Superchunk, The Future of E-Book Covers, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Superchunk album, Majesty Shredding.

Booktwo examines the future of book covers for e-books. (via)

Sam Lipsyte talks to The Millions about his novel, The Ask.

The National frontman Matt Berninger talks to the Georgia Straight about the band's success.

"We are realists," the baritone singer says. "We've been in a band that’s been trying to get to this point for years. And we know that when you have some attention, it can go away so fast. It's music. It's rock 'n' roll. Bands are hot and then, you know, people lose interest. So we know that we have to dive in and deliver and make our mark while we can."

CBC News interviews Anthony Bourdain.

The Duluth News-Tribune interviews singer-songwriter Mark Olson.

For Folk's Sake interviews Sea of Bees' Julie Baenziger.

The Canadian Press lists the five most explosive music documentaries.

Midnight Sun shares videos of the top five cover songs performed by Vampire Weekend.

Now Toronto profiles The Do.

The Do’s music is every bit as stylish. Substantial, too. A Mouthful’s wistful lyrics are coloured by a spectrum of instruments, styles and eras: the strings of 60s pop, thumping drums that sound transplanted from 90s indie rock, Cuban jazz claves. Then there are Merilahti’s idiosyncratic vocals, which belong to the pleasantly awkward vocal tradition of Bjork, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Vendela Vida today about her novel, The Lovers.

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice talk to the Omaha World-Herald about their new album, Jenny and Johnny's I'm Having Fun Now.

Shmoop lists eight of the most frustrating relationships in literature.

NME lists the most vicious put-downs in music.

Monkey See reviews Howard Cruse's classic graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby.

Read Cruise's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book.

At NPR, Michael Schaub reviews one of the year's finest novels, Paul Murray's Skippy Dies. An excerpt from the book is also shared.

The Guardian is streaming the new Vaselines album, Sex with an X (out September 14th).

Win a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation 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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