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September 23, 2011

Shorties (Wilco, The Zen of Steve Jobs, and more)

Wilco members discuss the band's new album The Whole Love with the Los Angeles Times.

"On this one," Kotche continued, "Jeff was very clear: 'Any ideas get explored.' … It was more similar to the way 'Yankee' was made, with just layers of stuff. I felt a lot more freedom to just mess around."

Forbes excerpts four more pages from the forthcoming graphic novel The Zen of Steve Jobs.

The Telegraph reports that Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the UK's most popular song on mp3 players.

Four in every ten MP3 players in the UK contain Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, making the 1975 rock operetta the country's most popular digital song, new research shows.

The Telegraph interviews author Roddy Doyle about his new children's book, A Greyhound of a Girl.

PopMatters interviews John Linnell of They Might Be Giants about the band's approach to songwriting.

Monkey See reviews Kate Beaton's new comics collection, Hark! A Vagrant.

You'll be hearing a lot about Beaton's gift for historical and literary humor as her book tour starts up, because that aspect of her work allows people who'd otherwise sniffily dismiss the comics form to justify to themselves how much they're enjoying it. Hey, whatever works.

The Hook interviews Stephen Malkmus about his new album,

The A.V. Club interviews Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff.

The Record looks back on the Riot Grrrl movement 20 years after it started.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the music of Nick Cave.

The Free Music Archive now contains 39,699 mp3s to stream and/or download in a great variety of music genres.

Guyism lists the top 10 fictional bars.

Drowned in Sound interviews M83's Anthony Gonzalez about the band's forthcoming album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (out October 18th).

Stephen Hessel talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Time for Outrage.

All Things Considered interviews Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne.

Fresh Air interviews Dana Spiotta about her wonderful new novel Stone Arabia.

"I did read a lot of old Cream magazines. And when I was growing up, I read a lot of New Musical Express and Melody Maker — so I was trying to get what Nik would have read because he has all of these rock 'n' roll tropes in his head that had to be from his time period. ... He makes up quotes from people, and so it was fun to try to make up a quote that would be Nik trying to be something else."

Morning Edition interviews Butch Vig about producing Nirvana's Nevermind album.

At NPR, author Tahmima Anam explains her love for Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's book Sultana's Dream.

Despite having my roots in a culture that has yet to completely challenge the patriarchal order, I, too was raised to believe that the struggle for equality was of paramount importance. My parents participated in the war for Bangladesh's independence, and they have reminded me that while I was lucky enough to be born in a free country, citizenship always comes with privileges and responsibilities. Hossain was an early pioneer of this campaign, and I think of her as a kindred spirit.

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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