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May 17, 2011

Shorties (Ted Leo, Lionel Shriver, and more)

Ted Leo has released a new EP with his old band, Citizens Arrest.

In the Guardian, Lionel Shriver discusses the success and film adaptation process of her novel We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Sentimentalist interviews Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Your album was available as a free stream on your site the first week or so. Do you find it hard to make money on album sales these days?

I think people who like our music are responsible. They'll download it for free and then they'll buy tickets for a show and then they'll buy the vinyl at some point. It's just the order by which they come to the music, and that's totally fine. I do that too. I'll download something and if I don't like it, I didn't lose any money. Then, I'll just totally delete it. But for the things I do like, I might download them first and then when I'm in a record shop, I buy the vinyl. It's exciting. It's a way of experiencing the music before making the actual, physical purchase, but it still is a process that’s important. Independent retailers do have a place in the contemporary music landscape and they do serve as places where you can discover new music and have access to things you don't know you liked. Sometimes you don't know what you want until you’re flipping through a bin of records and see stuff.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its 2011 lineup.

The Collagist shares an excerpt from Michael Kimball's new novel, Us.

Stream three cover songs from the Perkins School Children's Choir's forthcoming album All The Sound Of Life.

Crave lists the top 10 comic book documentaries.

Flavorwire lists 33 women music critics you need to read.

Daniel Clowes talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about his latest graphic novel, Mister Wonderful.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Hank Williams III's new album Hillbilly Joker.

Salon lists the world's most inspiring bookstores.

Drowned in Sound and The Line of Best Fit interview Explosions in the Sky guitarist Michael James.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Ion-Ion Goulian's new memoir, The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt.

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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 new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
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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