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September 28, 2011

Shorties (Wilco, Nobel Prize for Literature Odds, and more)

Salon interviews Wilco's Jeff Tweedy about songwriting.

Spinner also interviews Tweedy, and the Atlantic profiles the band..

Rolling Stone, Aquarium Drunkard, and Paste review the band's new album, The Whole Love.


The Guardian lists the current odds for this year's Nobel Prize for literature.


At the Atlantic, Sloan guitarist Jay Ferguson shares R.E.M.'s influence on his music.


At Rookie, author Emma Straub discusses teacher crushes.


Paste is streaming Exitmusic's new EP, From Silence (out October 4th).


The Atlantic examines the coming audiobooks boom.


The Noise profiles the band Dreams.

The voice of Billie Holiday blended with a drop of folk and an electro-infused ka-pow of Afro-pop. It's the stuff of dreams, isn't it? Sort of. Dreams, besides being the mind's subconscious porthole, is a new East Bay indie supergroup. Lead by Emily Ritz (of Honeycomb and Yesway) and keyboardist Rob Shelton (of the Moanin Dove) and backed by steel guitar, vibraphone, and a hand-held rhythm section (along with drums), the group skips through genres, time, and traditional percussion expectations.


Flagpole gathers R.E.M. memories from Athens, Georgia residents.


At Patheos, G. Willow Wilson reviews Craig Thompson's new graphic novel Habibi from the perspective as a Muslim and a woman.


American Songwriter interviews singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose.

Nashville's always been a huge music town. But between Those Darlins, Middle Brother, Jonny Corndawg, Tristen, and now your record, do you feel like there’s something happening now? A new "movement" per se?

Not so much a Nashville movement. Music is just coming back to the forefront in a way it hasn't been for a long time. Nashville is having a nice little pinnacle right now, which is funny because nobody thinks of Nashville as a REAL music town. It's country music – mainstream kind of stuff for sure – but it's getting a reputation for more than that now. I think it's getting the spotlight because there's so much great stuff coming out of there. There's been great stuff coming out of Nashville for a long time, so it’s nice it's starting to get attention in a town that always had a reputation for a different kind of music.


The Philadelphia Inquirer explores the current trend of adapting classic books into graphic novels.


Drowned in Sound lists the best music videos from the third quarter of 2011.


Fresh Air interviews Mark Bowden about his new book, Worm: The First Digital World War.


On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3 today: Patti Smith's Outside Society album.


Win Chad Harbach's debut novel The Art of Fielding and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.


Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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