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June 7, 2011

Shorties (New Order, Jeffrey Eugenides, and more)

Bernard Sumner talks to BBC News about the genesis of his band New Order.

The Book Bench interviews Jeffrey Eugenides about his short story "Asleep in the Lord," taken from his forthcoming novel The Marriage Plot and part of the New Yorker's summer fiction issue.

The Boston Globe profiles Dengue Fever.

Dengue Fever stands out through the sheer wondrous strangeness of its cultural synthesis, a Pacific Rim sound built upon vintage Khmer pop and surf rock. Launched in 2001 by brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman, the group united around their mutual love of Cambodia’s ebullient psychedelic movement of the late 1960s and early ’70s, when the Southeast Asian nation boasted a giddily creative scene sparked by surf rock, soul, and garage-band hits broadcast by US Armed Forces Radio to troops in Vietnam.

The Today Show profiles celebrity novelists.

Glasvegas frontman James Allan talks to the San Francisco Examiner about the band's new album, Euphoric///Heartbreak///.

The Exhibitionist lists the most literary drugs.

The June issue of Bookslut is online.

Drowned in Sound is streaming the new Dananananaykroyd album, There Is a Way (out June 21st).

At The Browser, Andrew Sarris recommends five books on film criticism.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Sondre Lerche's new self-titled album.

Technology Review lists the best hard science fiction books of all time.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the 50-track Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli album Quintesential.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recommends nine summer reads about technology and your life.

The Sam Roberts Band visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is a videogame adaptation of the Hegre classic cartoon series that ties in with the upcoming feature film.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and 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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