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September 7, 2011

Shorties (PJ Harvey, Novels About Terrifying Futures, and more)

PJ Harvey has won this year's Mercury Music Prize with her album, Let England Shake.

SBTRKT won Drowned in Sound's alternative competition, The Neptune Prize, with its self-titled album, and The Liminal awarded its Uranus Prize to Philip Jeck's album An Ark for the Listener.

Drew Magary, author of The Postmortal, recommends three novels about terrifying futures at NPR.

The A.V. Club New York interviews Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay about his new EP of Journey covers.

Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane talks to the Village Voice about his new album, Where Are the Arms (out September 13th).

Thomas G. Smith talks to All Things Considered about his book, Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins.

The Oxford American profiles singer-songwriter Karen Dalton.

Flavorwire lists 11 books that are existential classics.

At Underwire, Courtney E. Smith, author of Record Collecting for Girls, lists five essential online tools for finding new music.

Fresh Air reviews and excerpts from Amy Waldman's new novel Submission.

Christianity Today examines the naturalism in the music of Death Cab for Cutie.

Death Cab has also, for better or for worse, taken its place as one of the most coherent and articulate representatives of naturalism on the American music scene today. Their songs probe the implications of the ideas that guide them, and more broadly, the culture at large; they provide an intelligent challenge to Christians considering the ultimate question of man's purpose and existence. If their music has resonated in our culture, it is because their lyrics attempt to attach ideas to the experiential soma sweep of postmodernism.

PWxyz lists five fictional diseases in literature you don't want to be real.

Flavorwire shares a brief history of rock star offspring.

Nick Lowe talks to All Songs Considered about his new album The Old Magic, and shares a playlist of songs that have inspired him.

At the Guardian, Megan Abbott lists her top 10 novels of teenage friendship.

All Things Considered profiles cellist Zoe Keating.

At The Rumpus, Jami Attenberg interviews Cole Stryker about his new book, Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan’s Army Conquered the Web.

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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