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August 8, 2011

Shorties (Harry Nilsson, Antonya Nelson, and more)

At SnagFilms, stream the documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) in its entirety.

Fictionaut interviews author Antonya Nelson.

At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Grace Krilanovich reviews Kids of the Black Hole: Punk Rock in Postsuburban California by Dewar MacLeod.

Salon profiles the writers who "keep popular authors alive" by continuing their book series.

Pitchfork reviews the new Beirut album The Rip Tide, giving it 7.7/10.

There's a newfound sense of restraint and stateliness on display here, and it's impressive that within five years and at such a young age, Condon's developed so quickly as an arranger and songwriter. Watching him ease into adulthood (he was 19 when Gulag Orkestar dropped) means we've been able to track the maturation of that rich, golden voice he possesses; On The Rip Tide, it occasionally sounds huskier and, in the case of his slight trembles of "Santa Fe" and "Goshen", a little more unstable.

The A.V. Club Twin Cities interviews Dntel.

AVC: If you could get anyone to put down a guest vocal on your next album, who would it be?

JT: I really like Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys. I really like his voice. It's not much more complicated than that. There's moments in Pet Shop Boys songs that get super pretty and kind of ethereal with his voice, but there's not a lot of those moments. There's a few moments per album, maybe, where they add some delay to it and it's a pretty breakdown. I would like to make a whole song like that.

At the Barnes and Noble Review, author Haley Tanner recommends three vital works of American fiction.

PopMatters reviews Simon Reynolds' new book, Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past.

Fifty-Two Stories shares "Alaska" by Tom Franklin.

Amazon MP3's free song of the day is Fela Kuti's "Zombie."

Care2 lists 15 books to that teach about Islam.

Peter Meehan talks to All Things Considered about McSweeney's fabulous new food quarterly Lucky Peach.

Stream the new Raccooners (Jeff Tweedy and his sons) single at Pitchfork.

Weekend Edition interviews Peter Spiegelman about his new novel, Thick as Thieves.

"I think 20 years of some life experience and 20 years of hanging out on trading floors was actually pretty good education for somebody who's interested in watching people and interested in how they behave under pressure," he says, "and interested in writing crime fiction."

Drowned in Sound interview Mark Wilkinson, the artist behind many of Judas Priest's album covers.

Jim Ottaviani talks to USA Today about his graphic novel biography of physicist Richard Feynman.

"He's basically perfect for comics," says Ottaviani. "He was a genius but he was also always willing to do whatever he wanted to make his life interesting."

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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