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September 12, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Tori Amos Album, The Darkness of Roald Dahl, and more)

At NPR, stream the new Tori Amos album, Night of Hunters (out September 20th).

BBC News explores the darkness in the children's books of Roald Dahl.

New York Magazine profiles indie rock band Wild Flag.

Another way to piss off the band is to call them a supergroup. "Carrie said this really well," Timony says. "Calling us a supergroup waters down the term. We're not that famous. We're not the Traveling Wilburys." But it does matter that Wild Flag are all women. Gender is not an overt part of Wild Flag's creative identity—as it often is with Hole or Le Tigre or Bikini Kill—but it is part of their power.

Flavorwire lists 10 sports-related books you don't have to be a fan to enjoy.

PopMatters interviews Battles drummer John Stanier.

Nick Lowe talks to the A.V. Club about some of his most famous songs.

At NPR, stream the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album, Hysterical (out September 20th).

The Quarterly Conversation examines the notion of contemporary existentialism in the works of author Per Petterson.

Drowned in Sound interviews Zach Condon about the new Beirut album, The Rip Tide.

Kelly Hogan remembers the car wreck that ended her first band, The Jody Grind.

At NPR, stream Miles Davis: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (out September 20th).

In the Miami Herald, Andrew Ervin reviews Denis Johnson's new novella Train Dreams.

Johnson's new novella may be his most pared-down work of fiction yet, but make no mistake — it packs a wallop. The text originally appeared in the venerable Paris Review in 2002 and now finds its way back into print not a moment too soon. I'm not sure why Johnson waited so long to resurrect this story, but I’m glad he did. Perhaps the growing popularity of e-readers is contributing to the recent resurgence of the novella form. Whatever the reason, Train Dreams is a small book of weighty ideas. It renders the story of America and our westward course of empire in the most beautiful and heartbreaking manner imaginable.

Stream the new album by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor (recording as CANT), Dreams Come True (out September 13th). aims to be an "online home for the steampunk movement in all its forms."

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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