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October 28, 2011

Shorties (Amanda Palmer, Haruki Murakami, and more)

PopMatters traces the career arc of singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

At the Paris Review, John Wray interviews Haruki Murakami.

The Atlantic examines the trend of band's starting their own music festivals.

Southeast Missourian interviews author Heidi Durrow.

Pop & Hiss interviews Florence Welch about the new Florence + the Machine album, Ceremonials (out November 1st).

The Guardian profiles St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

Isak offers an exclusive audio excerpt from Jeffrey Eugenides's new novel The Marriage Plot.

NBC New York interviews singer-songwriter Jennifer O'Connor about her forthcoming album, I Want What You Want.

paidContent profiles Emily Books, an innovative online boosktore started by Emily Gould.

The Free Times interviews Ted Leo.

To me, you stand among a select set of '90s rockers who haven't really faded with age. As your life becomes more settled, where do you find the motivation to produce records and shows that resound with so much energy?

Thanks. Like the question about lyrics, I don't know that I can say, I get it here or there. In one way, I'd say that because what I write about is generally so important to me, I don't know that I could put it across nonchalantly. And, lyrics aside, I just like to move. I like to dance. Music moves me, so I move. More considered, I'd also say that my relationship to music and especially the performance of it remains grounded in the hardcore shows of my own youth, I guess. With all this talk of the ’90s, it's like, if you saw some of those late '80s/early '90s Fugazi (or any of a million other bands') shows, you get it in your head that that’s what a show is supposed to be like — that level of intensity. Now, I don't take everything we do quite that seriously, but I take most of it pretty seriously. So how could you not want to try to carry on in that tradition?

Three Guys One Book interviews Drew Magary about his novel The Postmortal.

Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons talks to PopMatters about his live promotions company.

The Ranting Dragon lists 20 must-read fantasy epics.

The A.V. Club Philadelphia interviews Stephen Tow about his new book, The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge.

The California Literary Review lists its favorite films and television shows inspired by Shakespeare.

At the Guardian, Craig Finn celebrates the still vital Faith/Void split album.

This is the sound that went on to shape much of what came after, especially later period DC bands such as Embrace and Rites of Spring, both of whom shared members with the Faith – and who are often charged with being the founding fathers of emo, though you'll find little in the Dischord catalogue that has much in common with the bands described as emo nowadays.

NPR reviews Daniel Woodrell's new short story collection, The Outlaw Album.

At the A.V. Club's new series One Track Mind, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner discusses and performs her song "Holy Holy."

Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Alt. Latino suggests songs for the Day of the Dead.

Win Haruki Murakamki's new novel 1Q84 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital 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)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
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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