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October 29, 2010

Shorties (Of Montreal, All Hallow's Read, and more)

The Los Angeles Times profiles Of Montreal.

All Hallow's Read is a campaign to give books instead of candy this Halloween.

Shelf Awareness interviews author Kate Bernheimer.

Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg talks to the Tallahassee Democrat.

The shortlist has been named for the 2010 Guardian First Book Award.

Drowned in Sound offers an oral history of Oneida's Each One Teach One album.

The Huffington Post lists nine non-writers who have influenced literary history.

The Riverfront Times interviews Sleigh Bells' Derek Miller about the band's next album.

PopMatters interviews neurologist and author Oliver Sacks.

Aquarium Drunkard shares four Bob Dylan covers by Antony and the Johnsons.

The Baltimore Jewish Times profiles author Philip Roth.

Birmingham Weekly interviews Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes.

BW: How do feel about the instant-access of iTunes, Youtube, Myspace and other modern outlets versus the over-saturation of music and artists in this era?

TG: The over-saturation thing is a real thing. Touring is the only way bands make money. Now that records aren't being sold as much, bands are touring way more, so in any city you're going to have exponentially more shows each week from touring bands than what it would have been several years ago. It's so easy to record at this point and you can get your music out there even if you don't have the money to book studio time. Despite the over-saturation of it, I think it's really good for music because I think everything should be available to people.

Vanity Fair interviews new author Nicole Richie about her literary contemporaries. (via)

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

Conor Oberst's Outer South album
Florence + the Machine's Lungs album
Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster album

At NPR, Michael Schaub glowingly reviews one of the year's finest novels, Brock Clarke's Exley.

American Songwriter lists five Halloween songs that are better than "Monster Mash."

More lists the books the magazine loved this year.

Aquarium Drunkard shares another Halloween mixtape.

Win 14 graphic novels from Top Shelf Comix 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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