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November 5, 2010

Shorties (Roky Erickson, Paul Auster, and more)

Legendary singer-songwriter Roky Erickson talks to Click Track about his music career.

Goodreads interviews Paul Auster about his new novel, Sunset Park.

The Cult also interviews Auster.

The Boston Globe profiles the band Dawes.

Its pastoral palette conjures a vintage era of American music when bands forged country, folk, blues, rock, and blue-eyed soul into something new, something old. Cosmic American music, as Gram Parsons was fond of calling it. If there’s any constant, it’s Goldsmith's connection to where he grew up.

"I feel a very strong connection with California music that developed before I was even conscious of it," Goldsmith says. "Someone pointed out to me that all the music I listen to is from California groups, and I looked at my playlist, and it was all Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, and Graham Nash. I was like, 'Whoa, they’re right.' Other than John Prine, I'm on a pretty steady diet of California."

I started aggregating online "best books of 2010" lists yesterday, and will be updating the list daily.

Author Bill Peschel shares a music playlist with Paper Cuts.

Pitchfork lists the top 40 musical artists who use Twitter.

Justin Bieber talks to the Associated Press about why he wrote his memoir, Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story.

Mother Jones profiles singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn on the road.

Paste lists seven goth songs that would make great country songs.

WNYC profiles Claudia Gonson of Magnetic Fields.

NME lists 25 debut albums everyone should own.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Haaretz profiles cartoonist Sarah Glidden and her new graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.

Prefix lists the 10 best songs under a minute long.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

Matt Costa's 12-track album Mobile Chateau
Anamanaguchi's Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game (Original Videogame Soundtrack)

Drowned in Sound lists the 10 worst album covers of the '00s.

Flavorwire lists "fist-fueled" author feuds.

Jenny and Johnny visit WXPN's World Cafe for an interview and live session.

Win a copy of the Dead Snow DVD and S.G. Browne's novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament 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)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists

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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