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October 13, 2010

Shorties (Frankie Rose and the Outs, Howard Jacobson, and more)

The Village Voice profiles Frankie Rose and the Outs.

The record is Rose's latest step in her pursuit of perfectly washed-out dream pop; her Dum Dum departure wouldn't be terribly notable if this weren't the third fast-rising band she has ditched in as many years. The others are Vivian Girls, who Rose co-founded in 2006, and Crystal Stilts, who she joined in 2007, both popular indie-pop outfits that made her a venerable fixture on the fuzzed-out circuit. "But now I'm known for quitting bands," she says, head in hands, at the kitchen table in her South Williamsburg loft. "So many people have asked me, 'Why would you leave a popular band? They're doing amazing stuff. They're going to tour and see the world.' But I just had to do my thing." She also points out that the bands she's played in are merely Pitchfork-famous, and don't make much money—at least not yet.

Howard Jacobson has won the Booker prize for his comic novel The Finkler Question.

The Local profiles Brooklyn indie record label Ba Da Bing Records.

NME reports that Morrissey has called Hannah Scanlon of Doll & The Kicks the "best British singer in years."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviews Nick Hornby about his musical collaboration with Ben Folds, Lonely Avenue.

The Vine interviews Low's Alan Sparhawk about the beand being covered on Robert Plant's latest album.

Deutsche Welle examines Germany's fascination for American fiction.

The Quietus interviews Sufjan Stevens about his new album, The Age of Adz.

Flavorwire lists literature's 10 best-dressed authors.

Fact lists the worst band names of the year so far.

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden is funding her next project, a book tentatively titled Stumbling Through Damascus, on Kickstarter.

Mystery Tricycle offers seven streaming music alternatives to Pandora and

Ra Ra Riot visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

School Library Journal reports that librarians are buying more comics and graphic novels than ever for their institutions.

NPR is streaming last night's Deerhunter Washington performance.

At Tablet, a first-time reader of Philip Roth shares her reaction to his fiction (she read eight of his books in a month).

The Bay Bridged shares a Treasure Island Music Festival mixtape.

Fresh Air interviews Nicole Krauss about her new novel, Great House. An excerpt from the book is also presented.

At Vulture, Krauss lists her favorite riveting confessions in literature.

The Guardian music section this week is being taken over by Antony and the Johnsons coverage.

At Paper Cuts, author Ben Greenman shares a music playlist.

Win a copy of David Sedaris's new book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk 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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