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March 4, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Dodos Album, Haruki Murakami, and more)

Stream the new Dodos album, No Color, at the Hype Machine.

Director Tran Anh Hung talks to the Guardian about adapting Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood for the big screen.

Cale Parks of BRAHMS talks to Oregon Music News.

The latest offering of BRAHMS' darkly atmospheric, surging style is the self-filmed music video for "Repeat It," the B-side to their soon-to-be-released debut 7-inch. "'Repeat It' is like ’90s, Front 242 industrial gothic with actual melodies–a dance track but still our thing," according to Parks.

The National profiles the Iranian rock band Hypernova.

A product of Tehran's underground music scene, this 28-year-old singer and guitarist leads an unapologetically angular rock band. He is joined by the guitarist Kodi, the bassist Jam, and the drummer Kami (the band's members go by first names alone, in order to avoid reprisals back home). Their influences include Interpol, The Strokes, The Sisters of Mercy. The band's 2006 EP, Who Says You Can't Rock In Iran?, married Raam's stentorian, baritone voice to spiky guitar work. It was, of course, a statement of principle.

Designers.MX shares streaming mixtapes from leading designers.

The London Evening Standard examines the trend of rock musicians scoring films.

Fictionaut interviews author Susan Henderson about writing and her debut novel Up from the Blue.

BBC 6 Music interviews Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood about scoring films and the band's future.

Show and Tell interviews Benjamin Percy about his novel The Wilding.

Smith Westerns visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

BookClubIt offers resources to start an online book club.

Drowned in Sound is streaming Kurt Vile's new album, Smoke Ring For My Halo (out March 8th).

Songwriters on Process interviews Nicole Atkins.

Fresh Air interviews chef Grant Achatz about his new memoir, Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat.

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

NPR reviews and excerpts from Margaux Fragoso's memoir Tiger, Tiger.

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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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