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October 5, 2011

Shorties (Bjork, Flann O'Brien, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Bjork album, Biophilia (out October 11th).

The Guardian profiles author Flann O'Brien.

His writing was so innovative that it couldn't be comfortably processed by the culture of its creation. It's different now; his works chime better with our sensibilities. You could easily imagine the novels, or the Myles na Gopaleen newspaper columns, being written today. There's a familiar sarcasm and cynicism, a controlled absurdity, an awareness of the ridiculousness and power of the media; and of course, that maelstrom of self-reflexive gags and delirious punning and bookish allusions and cultural riffs.

The Santa Barbara Independent profiles the band Dawes.

Not surprisingly, the quartet’s sprawling sophomore effort, Nothing Is Wrong, was written mostly from the road, and it very much feels like a band on the move. Like its predecessor, the tracks vary between full-blown country rock and twangy, Laurel Canyon-imbued folk, each colored by a mix of fat, punching drum work, parlor-style pianos, whirling analog organ tones, and sing-along-ready harmonies that call to mind ’60s greats like Crosby, Stills and Nash and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

CBC Books interviews Erin Morgenstern about her new novel, The Night Circus.

The Baltimore Sun interviews Kori Gardner of the band Mates of State.

The National Book Foundation has named its 2011 5 Under 35 honorees. Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor John Corey Whaley.

Jay Rubin talks to CNNGo about translating the works of Haruki Murakami.

Salon discusses the disappointment of hypertext novels.

The Power of Independent Trucking has unearthed a 1981 R.E.M. demo cassette.

20 American poems every student should know.

RIP, guitarist Bert Jansch.

The New Republic reviews Art Spiegelman's new book, MetaMaus.

Country Grind] lists the five best musical moments on Arrested Development. (via)

Hector Tobar talks to Morning Edition about his new novel, The Barbarian Nurseries.

St. Vincent visits The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

NPR reviews Chuck Klosterman's new novel, The Visible Man.

Chuck Klosterman's second novel, The Visible Man, is an example of elegant notebook-to-novel translating. Love him or hate him, Klosterman's stoner-genius extemporizing is unmatched, and here he offers theories on everything from why Facebook caught on with adults to why North America has more crazy people than the population of every other industrialized nation combined. But The Visible Man isn't just an occasion for Klosterman to rant and flaunt; his book's complicated premise forces some of the biggest epistemological questions to the plot's surface. Its revelations are the sort you make when you're tipsy, mentally polish on the cab ride home, and wake up in the morning to discover they're still pretty damn good.

CNN interviews Klosterman about the book.

Tablet revisits the Beastie Boys' License to Ill album.

Monkey See reviews Sarah Wendell's new book, Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels.

NPR offers concert downloads and streams from the recent All Tomorrow's Parties music festival.

Win a copy of Craig Thompson's new graphic novel Habibi 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)

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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