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February 10, 2011

Shorties (Wild Nothing, Unfilmable Books, and more)

Click Track interviews Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum.

When talking to people about your sound, do you ever feel like you’re taking a quiz where people just throw out obscure ‘80s bands and ask if they were an influence?

For the most part it’s fine, especially when it's fans at shows. I love talking to people about what they hear in my music. It depends. It gets a little bit [weird] if people throw out a bunch of names. There are a ton of bands that I listen to and enjoy that I don't really mention. But when people ask about it I just keep it simple. I don't think I’m fooling anybody. I pretty much am totally honest about saying I was listening to dream pop, shoegaze and '80s indie pop bands. I'm totally cool with talking about that if people want to.

PopWatch lists unfilmable books.

Aquarium Drunkard shares a mixtape curated by Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhung Hai.

USA Today examines the fate of small bookstores in a digital age.

The Sword frontman J.D. Cronise talks to the Dallas Observer.

"The music itself is just kind of extreme and loud," Cronise says of metal as a whole. "It's either heavy or fast or a combination of both, and it's generally played by young men who have a lot of testosterone and are prone to flights of fancy, while really being into monster movies and tales of spaceships. So, that energy sort of permeates the youthful, masculine energy that heavy metal is based upon, and it lends itself to ridiculous subject matter."

The Knoxville Metro Pulse interviews author Kevin Wilson.

The Georgia Straight profiles the Smith Westerns.

With their ultra-polished new sound, Omori hopes that Smith Westerns will be able to shake the pesky garage-rock tag that reviewers affixed to their early recordings. " 'Garage' kind of means that you have an inability to play your instruments very well," he suggests. "I feel like this record is so musically constructed. I’d rather have you call it 'prog rock' than 'garage rock'. "

Jewcy lists the 50 most essential works of Jewish fiction of the last 100 years.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews Tatjana Soli about her novel The Lotus Eaters.

The Oakland Indie Music Examiner profiles singer-songwriter John Vanderslice.

from the desk of... interviews cartoonist Adrian Tomine about his workspace.

The New Music Seminar lists the top 100 musical artists on the verge in 2011.

Comics Alliance previews the forthcoming Steampunk Palin comic.

CBC Radio 3 is searching for the best music website in Canada, and has announced its longlist of 100 sites. My vote is split between Chromewaves and Said the Gramophone.

Fresh Air interviews singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell about his new memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.

Rob McLennan's Blog interviews Deb Olin Unferth about her new memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War.

At Barnes & Noble, Christopher Kimball of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated lists his top 10 cookbooks.

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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)
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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)
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