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February 8, 2011

Shorties (Stream The Dears' New Album, Ryu Murakami, and more)

The Hype Machine is streaming the new Dears album, Degeneration Street (out February 15th).

The New York Times reviews Ryu Murakami's novel, Popular Hits of the Showa Era.

Mr. Murakami's novels are filled with entertaining psychopaths. But often there is a narrator, a stand-in for the author, who explains how their grotesque behavior is a logical response to a society that discourages expressions of individuality, self-reflection and personal ambition. "Popular Hits of the Showa Era" lacks any such guide, so the message is conveyed through extended metaphors (Mr. Murakami compares the characters to kamikaze pilots and Vietcong soldiers) and asides to the reader.

The National Post interviews Eric Martin and Stephen Elliott about their new novel, Donald.

American Songwriter breaks down Virtual Music's list of 2010's top music consumption sites.

NPR recommends three books on entering strange new worlds.

Jon Spencer talks to PopMatters about the recent Blues Explosion reissues Orange + Orange Experimental Remixes and Acme .

Time lists the 10 worst live renditions of the U.S. national anthem.

Author Wesley Stace is guest blogging this week at PowellsBooks.Blog.

Bradley's Almanac previews 2011's anticipated album releases, with sample mp3 downloads and song streams for most of the releases. lists 10 bands to watch at SXSW 2011.

At Interview Magazine, Will Oldham interviews R. Kelly.

The top 100 indie music blogs for students.

KPLU and listeners chose the 100 quintessential jazz songs.

The Malcolm Gladwell Book Generator

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Online "Best Music 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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