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April 16, 2011

Shorties (Record Store Day, Best New Baseball Books, and more)

All Songs Considered lists 10 reasons to visit your local music shop today on Record Store Day.

The Farmer's Almanac lists the year's best new baseball books. is a new website to share online mixtapes.

The New York Times reviews and excerpts from Marjorie Garber's new book, The Use and Abuse of Literature.

The Arty Semite profiles the band Yuck.

With their weighty rhythms, distorted guitar rifts and poppy retro vibe, the band has drawn comparisons to older groups such as Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and Neutral Milk Hotel. Their sounds vary dramatically from track to track, from the soaring guitar anthem "Get Away" to the quieter, stripped-down sounds of “The Wall” to the hypnotic underwater feel of "Rubber."

Financial Times interviews T.C. Boyle.

The Baltimore Sun examines the cassette tape comeback.

The Wall Street Journal lists ways to discover new music online.

The April Music Alliance Pact has been posted, and contains 36 songs curated by 36 bloggers in 36 countries.

Time lists 10 great American record shops.

The New York Times reviews Sigrid Nunez's new book, Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.

Art Beat interviews author Howard Jacobson.

The New York Times reviews Geoff Dyer's new essay collection, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition.

The Rumpus interviews Dyer about the book.

The Frisky opines about judging people by the books they read.

Author Susan Orlean talks to MediaShift about how Twitter affects her long-form writing.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Cold War Kids' Mine Is Yours album.

The London Review of Books reviews David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King as well as David Lipsky's Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.

Financial Times, The Irish Times and USA Today also review The Pale King.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Lupe Fiasco's Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor album.

Low visits The Current studio for an interview and a live performance.

All Songs Considered explains why vinyl albums aren't really making a comeback.

All Things Considered interviews former baseball player and executive Bill White about his new book, Uppity: My Untold Story About The Games People Play.

The Los Angeles Times lists the best baseball books.

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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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