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August 19, 2011

Shorties (Death Cab for Cutie, Bill Plympton, and more)

West Coast Sound offers a bluffer's guide to the discography of Death Cab for Cutie.

Salon interviews cartoonist Bill Plympton.

Flavorwire recommends 10 specialist blogs music nerds need to bookmark.

io9 lists 10 science fiction books that changed history.

The Independent examines the growing relationship between musicians and corporate funding.

NPR recommends five "heady, not heavy" playful summer books.

The Record examines how major labels marketed electronica to American audiences.

NHPR interviews Vanessa Veselka about her debut novel, Zazen.

At NPR Music, Other Lives plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

At The Rumpus, Roxane Gay eloquently reviews The Help (both the book and film).

The Atlantic lists 24 songs that prematurely expanded our vocabularies.

Granta interviews author Hari Kunzru.

Cover Me shares five good cover versions of The Band's "The Weight."

The authors of Hipster Puppies are giving away a limited edition compilation cassette with their book at select outlets.

iTunes features 22 "indie spotlight songs" on sale for 69 cents each.

At Kickstarter, help fund Souls of Toys, a photography book spotlighting 80s toys by Jeremy Schultz.

Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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