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February 4, 2011

Shorties (Ted Leo, Eminem's Literary Fans, and more)

Eater interviews Ted Leo about food & drink.

USA Today lists Eminem's literary admirers.

The Detroit rapper, who has sold more albums than anyone in the past decade, has a vast following of disaffected suburban youth drawn to his rage, sarcasm and bitter humor. His posse of admirers also boasts an unlikely elite circle of heavy hitters from the book world.

In the Guardian, Hari Kunzru discusses meeting fellow author Michael Moorcock.

The Boston Globe profiles the Radio Dept.

Initially an indie sensation in its native Sweden, the dreamy pop trio gradually amassed a fan base in this country but never toured here extensively. Everything you knew about the Radio Dept. you had to glean solely from the music, which offered a beguiling blend of gauzy shoegaze and jangly guitar pop.

The Phoenix New Times interviews Interpol's Sam Fogarino.

Exclaim! lists 10 bands Coachella should pay to reunite.

The Guardian reports that 15 unpublished Dashiell Hammett short stories have been found.

Speakeasy profiles a Syracuse University class on the Beatles.

The Sydney Morning Herald visits ABBAWorld in Mebourne, and talks to ABBA's hardcore fans.

The Huffington Post lists nine websites for music lovers.

Pop & Hiss shares videos of five great White Stripes covers.

The Oxford American recommends albums for late winter.

Esquire catches up with what Beavis & Butthead have done with their lives.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Beach House's Teen Dream album, one of my favorites of 2010.

Smalldoggies Magazine interviews Emma Straub about her new short story collection, Other People We Married.

Mogwai's Stuart Brathwaite shares a music playlist with The Quietus.

Stars plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Sunday's update (the final one of the year) to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included I Guess I'm Floating's best songs, Stereogum's most overlooked albums, WFMU DJs' top albums, and much more.

Last Thursday's final update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included The Utne Reader's books of the year,'s best poetry books, the PopMatters' best fiction and nonfiction books, and more.

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
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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