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August 16, 2011

Shorties (Stream Stephin Merritt's New Album, Tom Perrotta, and more)

Stream Stephin Merritt's new rarities compilation Obscurities (out August 23rd) at Paste.

Variety reports that Tom Perrotta is adapting his novel The Leftovers for HBO.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur.

The Los Angeles Times profiles the band David Wax Museum.

Students of musical Americana will hear plenty of rustic sounds when David Wax Museum plays Wednesday night at the Wiltern, including shades of folk, blues, rock and bluegrass, along with the Mexican regional varietals of son jarocho, son huasteco and son calentano. Guitars, fiddles, accordions and the Mexican jarana, a baroque eight-string cousin of the guitar, all are part of the Boston-based group's lush instrumental mix.

The Chicago Tribune examines the evolution of the post-9/11 thriller.

Flavorwire lists the harshest musician-on-musician insults in history.

Alexandra Fuller talks to Morning Edition about her new book, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.

The Guardian interviews legendary singer-songwriter Brian Wilson.

Emily Griffin talks to the National Post about the film adaptation of her novel, Something Borrowed.

CinemaBlend reports that Patti Smith is adapting her memoir Just Kids into a screenplay.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Helen Schulman's new novel This Beautiful Life.

Paste lists 50 musicians worth following on Twitter.

Fresh Air interviews Nancy L. Segal about her new book, Someone Else's Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth.

Drowned in Sound interviews Mogwai guitarist Stewart Brathwaite.

At Flavorwire, author Lev Grossman lists 10 must-read fantasy novels.

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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