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October 1, 2010

Shorties (The Mountain Goats, The Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, and more)

Peter Hughes talks to Move about the evolution of the Mountain Goats.

Granta names the best young Spanish-language novelists.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Arcade Fire's 10-track Funeral album.

The Boston Globe profiles Gayngs.

Falling somewhere between R&B and ambient lounge music, the songs take their time, shifting shapes through a haze of psychedelic guitars, chunky basslines, gauzy keyboards, human beatboxing, and loverman vocals drowned in reverb.

The Telegraph interviews Jonathan Franzen about his new novel, Freedom.

The New York Times profiles Chinese author Eileen Chang.

The Boston Globe interviews Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about songwriting.

MySpace is streaming many of the live performances from this weekend's Matador at 21 event.

Big Box of Tapes is a blog that shares live recordings from a variety of musical genres.

The Guardian talks to members of Belle and Sebastian about the band's new album, Write About Love (out October 12th).

Blitzen Trapper visits The Current studios for an interview and live performance.

Drowned in Sound interviews of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes.

The Guardian Books Blog lists reasons to be cheerful about literature in translation.

Flavorwire lists the most anticipated albums in the last quarter of 2010.

The Papers for the Border podcast #3 is a tribute to the classic era of Guided By Voices.

Win copies of two of my favorite novels of the year, Exley by Brock Clarke and Room by Emma Donoghue, 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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