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March 25, 2011

Shorties (Music for Japanese Earthquake Relief, Ian Rankin, and more)

The Morning Benders and Chad VanGaalen have both released benefit EPs for Japanese earthquake relief.

Ian Rankin talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, The Complaints.

Up on the Sun lists five Japanese bands worthy of heavy rotation.

The New York Times profiles successful self-published author Amanda Hocking.

BlackBook interviews Richard Ashcroft about his new album, United Nations of Sound.

Dzanc Day is April 9th, a nationwide day of creative writing workshops held at locations all over the United States.

The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun interview John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about his new album, All Eternals Deck.

Jacket Copy profiles Bill Ryan, the blogger behind Insulted By Authors.

The Guardian profiles the band Rush.

Rush, and Rush fans, are long used to being the butt of the joke – kimono-wearing, book-learning, heavily moustachioed Canadian prog-rock overlords never seemed likely to be at the cutting edge of cool. But what's really interesting is how their fan archetype – that nerdy, computer-club, Dungeons and Dragons-playing, comic-reading, sci-fi geek – has moved from the margins right into the very heart of the mainstream. Rush have been uncool for so long that they are, finally, perhaps the coolest band in the world.

AbeBooks lists the best alternative histories in literature.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary album
The Clash's London Calling album
David Bowie's The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars album
The Decemberists' The Crane Wife album
The Ramones' expanded edition of their self-titled album

The Daily Beast lists the five best books on college basketball.

The 6th Floor interviews Gorman Bechard, director of the new Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed.

Publishers Weekly interviews singer-songwriter Steve Earle about his debut novel, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

Fresh Air interviews John F. Mariani about his new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World.

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