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October 26, 2011

Shorties (Wild Flag, The Phantom Tollbooth, and more)

Mary Timony talks to the Times-Picayune about her band, Wild Flag.

OffBeat also interviews the band's keyboardist, Rebecca Cole.

I've noticed in interviews that there's been an emphasis on making it clear that this is a real, operational band, not a one-off project. With that in mind, do you guys have any plans for the future?

We're going to do this tour, and next year play a lot more. We’re already working on new songs, which hopefully we can play on this tour. I think as long as there’s this sense of newness and excitement, this sense of wonder around the songs, that that’s something that we’d all four want to get together and do.

At NPR, Norton Juster explains the genesis of his "accidental masterpiece," The Phantom Tollbooth.

Findings is an online community to share highlighted text from eBooks and the internet.

Rolling Stone explores the new economics of the music industry.

The Culture Trip is an online store that sorts its books and films geographically.

Singer-songwriter Olof Arnalds shares her most played iTunes songs with Reverb.

The Guardian offers a "motorways in literature" quiz.

NME lists rumored Stone Roses 2012 UK and Europe tour dates.

Talk of the Nation interviews filmmaker and author Guillermo del Toro about his obsession with monsters.

Noise profiles singer-songwriter Debbie Neigher.

This week’s Localized Appreesh is the lush-vocal’d Debbie Neigher. She's a stunning jazz-tinged singer-songwriter, who recorded her recently released self-titled LP with John Vanderslice at his Tiny Telephone Studios, along with the backing orchestral help of Minna Choi of the Magik*Magik Orchestra

Salon wonders if crowdsourcing and wealthy patrons may be the future of publishing.

Soundcheck lists recently released concept albums worth checking out.

PopMatters lists the five best "poetry spittin'" television characters.

phillyBurbs recommends 16 holiday albums.

World Cafe explores the family tree headed by the band Uncle Tupelo.

The Washington Post profiles all six finalists for the World Fantasy Best Novel Award.

American Laundromat Records' Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to the Smiths album is available for preorder.

NPR and The Millions review Haruki Murakami's new novel, 1Q84.

At Grantland, Chuck Klosterman weighs in on LULU, the Lou Reed and Metallica album (out November 1st).

Fresh Air interviews Walter Isaacson about his new book, Steve Jobs: A Biography.

"Microsoft, which licensed itself promiscuously to all sorts of manufacturers, ends up with 90 to 95 percent all the operating system market by the beginning of 2000," says Isaacson. "But in the long run, the end-to-end integration system works very well for Apple and for Steve Jobs. Because it allows him to create devices [like the iPod and iPad] that just work beautifully with the machines."

eMusic lists the 13 grisliest murder ballads of all time.

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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