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October 18, 2010

Shorties (Superchunk, Nicole Krauss, and more)

Pop & Hiss profiles two older indie bands, Superchunk and the Vaselines, who are currently touring together.

The Globe and Mail interviews Nicole Krauss about her new novel, Great House.

Crossfade lists the five best blogs to download electronic music.

The London Review of Books reviews Tao Lin's latest novel, Richard Yates.

Tres Sugar lists 10 famous unfinished novels.

The Boston Globe profiles The Drums.

A deep melancholy lurks in the Drums' strident but intentionally minimalist indie-rock. On "Saddest Summer," from last year's "Summertime!" EP, the breakneck tempo and sunny melody belie the sad-eyed sentiments about loving the one you're with — because it could all go away in a flash. The song dissolves into this year’s loneliest coda: the sound of fireworks popping in the distance as a saxophone wails a few back-alley notes.

20 essential works of postmodern fiction.

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Bad Books' self-titled debut album.

10 documentaries every musician must own.

Hey Marseilles plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Sound on the Sound reviews Justin Bieber's autobiography, First Step 2 Forever: My Story.

NPR is streaming Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger's self-titled debut album (out October 26th).

Win a copy of Bob Dylan's The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9) album 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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