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August 26, 2011

Shorties (Beirut, Tom Perrotta, and more)

The Irish Independent profiles Beirut's Zach Condon.

Returning from a 24 month lay-off, Condon has been surprised to discover that, far from the forgotten man of ukulele-soaked chamber pop, he's on his way to becoming a proper star in the indie firmament. Tim Robbins is a fan, as is Sean Penn, who took time out from filming in Dublin to attend Beirut's Tripod show last year. Blondie went so far as to cover their song Sunday Smile on their latest album (throttling it half to death).

Fresh Air interviews Tom Perrotta about his new novel, The Leftovers.

"I don't feel like I'm a satirist. I don't even think I ever was, but that label has stuck to me because the movie Election was a brilliant satire, and it amped up some elements that were muted in the book to do that. And that's the first way people became familiar with my work. Labels tend to stick and first impressions tend to stick, but I will say that what happens for me is that I do start in a place that feels like it might lead to a satire, and then the process of spending time with characters — getting inside their heads, trying to see the world the way they see it — pulls me away from satire. And I think a lot of times you can't see where you're going to end up."

Tim Kasher of Cursive talks to the Tallahassee Democrat about the "Omaha sound."

At the New Yorker, Ben Greenman suggests a playlist fo songs for a windy weekend.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram lists five must-hear fall albums.

The New York Daily News reviews MTV's new series, I Just Want My Pants Back.

Read David J. Rosen's Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist essay for the novel that inspired the show.

Rolling Stone offers a guide to the work of comics writer Grant Morrison.

eMusic commissioned artists to create artwork for the fictional albums mentioned in Dana Spiotta's novel Stone Arabia.

Flavorwire lists 10 essential rarities albums.

Songwriters on Process posted its 100th interview yesterday with Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

Amazon MP3's free song of the day is Battles' "Futura."

The Daily Beast lists every book Barack Obama has read since his presidential campaign.

At NPR Music, singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

The Boston Review interviews Richard Nash about the state of publishing.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best 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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