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October 22, 2010

Shorties (Warpaint, Another Haruki Murakami Film Adaptation, and more)

The Irish Independent glowingly reviews one of my favorite albums of the year, Warpaint's The Fool (out October 25th).

Embracing a wide range of influences -- from post-rock wig-outs to gentle country and dream pop -- they somehow manage not to sound disjointed. In fact, this is an album in the old-fashioned sense -- great thought has been given to the sequence in which the songs appear, and the resulting collection ebbs and flows wonderfully.


The Japan Times interviews filmmaker Robert Logevall about adapting Haruki Murakami's story "All God's Children can Dance" into a feature film.


The Montreal Gazette reviews Sean Willentz's new book, Bob Dylan in America.

Bob Dylan in America is not a biography, nor is it a linear trawl through Dylan's huge (and very much still growing) body of work. Rather, it is a set of entry points, using Dylan as a living prism through which endlessly subdividing and merging folkways can be seen if viewed in the right light.


Writer's Digest lists the positive aspects of attending an MFA program in creative writing.


The Boston Phoenix interviews Oliver sacks about his new book, The Mind's Eye.


The Chicago Tribune interviews Sleigh Bells' Derek Miller about the band's next album.

How would you characterize the new stuff?

It's definitely more metal, it's a little less dance-y. I think the arrangements are much stronger, and it's more melodic. Some of the stuff on "Treats" has a party vibe, like fist-in-the-air type of songs. There may be less of those.


The Globe and Mail interviews author Andrew O'Hagan.

Product: E-books. Revelation or abomination?

Oh, I love e-books. Good writing will sing off the screen and off the page just the same. On the other hand, there's one serious disadvantage to e-books that nobody has considered. What are the book-burners going to do? I'm from Scotland via Ireland, places where people have a history of burning books -- and Germany is a near neighbour, and Iraq's never off the telly. E-books may prove to be a serious challenge to the unenlightened. On the up side, nobody will be burning books.


Blare interviews Jenny and Johnny (aka Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice).


Guided By Voices has opened its own digital music store, with both studio albums and live recordings available.


Foodtourist lists its 50 favorite cookbooks.


Hypebot lists 10 truths about the modern recording industry as an addendum to MediaShift's list covering the same topic.


The Los Angeles Times reviews Joann Sfar's graphic novel adaptation of The Little Prince.

In a new adaptation, graphic novelist Joann Sfar reinterprets this French classic with reverence and in saturated color. Gone are the art-naif watercolors that Saint-Exupery inked for the original, as is most of the text. Presented in neat, six-panel pages that preserve the most salient plot points, key phrases such as "draw me a sheep" are layered over drawings that illustrate the bond that forms between the two. At 110 pages, the graphic novel is longer than the original book, yet it is quicker to read because the prose is so condensed.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Doors' L.A. Woman album.


Flavorwire lists anti-adjective quotes by authors.


Playbutton is an mp3 player in a pinback button preloaded with music.


NPR recommends three books that "play out in the shadow of the movie industry."


The Walkmen visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Chicagoist interviews Adam Levin about his new novel, The Instructions.


At the Guardian Music Blog, Warpaint's Emily Kokal remembers Ari Up of the Slits.


Fiction Uncovered is a new literary website devoted to promoting the finest British authors.

The Guardian profiles the website.


Today is the last day to enter & 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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