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September 17, 2011

Shorties (U2, A Literary Brooklyn Quiz, and more)

Salon reviews Davis Guggenheim's U2 documentary, From the Sky Down.

The Christian Science Monitor offers a literary Brooklyn quiz.

OffBeat interviews Okkervil River frontman about the band's new album, I Am Very Far.

You wrote that piece about Viking black metal for McSweeney’s, and I know John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is also a huge metal fan. What is this strange correlation between wordy indie rockers and Norwegian black metal?

I’m not as big of a fan as John is, but I respect all heavy metal. To me, it’s a matter of the masculinity of it, and the sensation of aggression that’s really powerful about metal. I really enjoy it when I put it on, but it’s not something I’d do on a daily basis.

Crossfade pairs food with the music of Peter Bjorn and John.

The Christian Science Monitor lists iPad book apps for serious book lovers.

The A.V. Club offers a guide to choosing the right entrance song for relief pitchers.

The National Post reviews Chad Harbach's debut novel, The Art of Fielding.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain album.

Financial Times profiles author Haruki Murakami.

FACT is streaming a mix Radiohead's Thom Yorke made for Mary Anne Hobbs' XFM show.

Actress Jane Lynch talks to Morning Edition about her new memoir, Happy Accidents.

The Record reviews Cameron Crowe's new Pearl Jam documentary.

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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