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September 3, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Wilco Album Tomorrow, Flann O'Brien, and more)

Wilco will stream their new album The Whole Love (out September 27th) tomorrow on their website for 24 hours. (via)

At the Irish Times, some of the country's leading writers remember author Flann O'Brien.

The Globe and Mail interviews Nicholson baker about his new novel, House of Holes.

The Record shares a playlist of "15 rock star odes to the little lady left behind."

WXPN is streaming yesterday's Deer Tick performance.

The Ranting Dragon lists the top 20 steampunk books.

The Guardian profiles the band Friends.

If you played us Friends' new double-A-side single I'm His Girl/My Boo, and told us they were a long-lost band from the ZE stable, we'd believe you. File, basically, next to the Waitresses and ESG. Hold on, ESG weren't on ZE, although they did release a record on Factory. But that's OK, that makes sense, because ZE did subversively exuberant dance music while Factory always made sure even their darkest records were danceable, and that's what Friends do: bring the uptempo noise but undercut it with a sense that the good times won't last.

Monkey See examines the future of "hybrid books" that combine combine printed texts with electronic extras.

RIP Laurie McAllister of the Runaways and Orchids.

The Salt Lake City Weekly previews lesser-known book-to-film adaptations arriving in theaters this fall.

We Who Are About to Die interviews author Terese Svoboda.

John Banville talks noir fiction writing with Morning Edition.

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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