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September 11, 2011

Shorties (Wild Flag, Chad Harbach, and more)

Salon interviews the members of Wild Flag about their self-titled debut album (out September 13th).

A lot of Pacific Northwest bands sound like the Fleet Foxes...

Brownstein: ...who I love by the way. I just can't write music like that... without it seeming like a joke. I don’t have a pretty voice, but if I even tried to write guitar like that, I would think I was emulating my dad's Dan Fogelberg records.

Weiss: Real subdued, gentle music. Music isn't meant to give you hugs. I'm not here to give you a hug. I'm just not. This is meant to inspire you, to wake people up, and engage people and make people feel alive. I don't want to make people feel like they want to go to sleep. I would feel like a failure if that happened.

At Goodreads, Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding, recommends five baseball books.

The Irish Independent previews fall's anticipated new books.

The Vancouver Sun lists 11 albums that defined 9/11 and its aftermath.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews Alex Shakar about his new novel Luminarium.

Comic Book Movie examines the literary worth of comics.

The Newark Star-Ledger examines songwriters' responses to 9/11.

At Strand Books, Chuck Klosterman recommends his favorite books.

The Tottenville Review interviews author Emma Straub.

The Quietus revisits Nirvana's Nevermind album twenty years after its release.

Robot 6 lists six great superhero comics by unlikely cartoonists.

Halloween, Alaska visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Monkey See recommends three books about school.

Amazon MP3 has 100 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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