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March 3, 2011

Shorties (Indie Rock Food Blogs, Anthony Doerr, and more)

Squid Ink points out a new trend: indie rock food blogs.

Anthony Doerr has won The Story Prize with his collection Memory Wall.

The Record lists the top-selling vinyl albums of 2010.

PopMatters interviews Akron/Family bassist Miles Seaton.

At BlackBook, Lykke Li lists her favorite shameless pop songs.

The Audiophiliac recommends albums that will make your speakers sound better.

Today KCRW's Bookworm interviews U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin.

The Guardian profiles Tw1tterband, a group that formed and records songs via Twitter.

Crowd-sourcing a song via Twitter is an intriguing notion, but Heap has already been pipped to the post by Richard Newman, a Twitter devotee from Chichester who admits to having no musical ability. Around the time Heap was revealing plans for her project in a swanky Cannes hotel, Newman decided to celebrate two years on Twitter by seeing if he could use the site to form a band and record a cover of Rod Stewart's Maggie May.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Mat Johnson's new novel, Pym.

The Sisterhood interviews Miriam Katin about drawing comics.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Old 97's live album The Grand Theatre Volume One.

At Tablet, Elizabeth Wurtzel profiles Lou Reed.

NPR reviews and excerpts from chef Gabrielle Hamilton's new memoir Blood, Bones, and Butter.

Nicole Atkins visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

NPR lists three gutsy literary heroines to celebrate women's history.

Drowned in Sound interviews Gossip's Beth Ditto.

Periodic table of fictional materials.

The Record examines how musicians are "crowdfunding" their albums through fan donations.

Moviefone lists the best music scenes in movies.

Shelf Life offers a brief excerpt from the sequel to Justin Cronin's novel The Passage.

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

Flavorwire explains what your favorite punk band says about you.

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)

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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