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March 8, 2011

Shorties (DeVotchka, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman's Television Drama, and more)

The National Post profiles DeVotchKa.

The story of DeVotchKa is as unlikely as the music they make. The band — whose songs nod to a variety of musical traditions, including traditional Romani, Mariachi, Klezmer, Arabic and Cuban, as well as Western indie, punk and folk — formed more than a decade ago in Denver's insular music scene, by a New Yorker named Nick Urata. After moving to the mountain town, Urata experimented with a variety of players and conscripted the band's current, and permanent, lineup after a series of chance encounters.

Variety reports that Michael Chabon and Ayelet waldman are collaborating on an HBO drama, tentatively titled Hobgoblins.

Scribe Michael Chabon and his wife, author Ayelet Waldman, have set up an offbeat drama project at HBO that revolves around a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII.

NPR is streaming the new album by The Joy Formidable, The Big Roar (out March 15th).

Austinist interviews Okkervil River's Will Sheff about the band's forthcoming album.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: Alexi Murdoch's new album Towards the Sun.

Mulholland Books lists 10 of crime fiction's leading female characters.

Drowned in Sound interviews Reuben Wu of Ladytron.

The March issue of Bookslut is online, and includes interviews with Rebecca Hunt, Patrick Somerville, Deb Olin Unferth, and much more.

Epitonic has relaunched, and is once again a vital resource for carefully curated free and legal music.

At NPR, Mat Johnson reviews Fran Ross's novel Oreo.

All Songs Considered interviews Jack White about his record label, Third Man Records.

Amazon MP3 has a new selection of 100 digital albums on sale for $5 this month.

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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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