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October 7, 2011

Shorties (Radiohead, An Authorized Stone Roses Biography, and more)

All Things Considered interviews Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Ed O'Brien.

The Independent reports that an authorized biography of the Stone Roses is in the works.

Journalist Simon Spence, who ghostwrote the acclaimed memoirs by the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Stoned, spent more than 400 hours interviewing the band – lead singer Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren – for the book, Fool's Gold.

Columbus Alive! interviews Matt Kish, whose new book Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page illustrates the literary classic.

The New York Daily News profiles the band Mates of State.

Between its shiny melodies, bouncy beats and the duo's high and close harmonies, it's small wonder the Mates have been likened to an indie ABBA (the married-couple angle doesn't hurt). But while that Swedish act made everything big, Mates of State shrinks and concentrates the sound, creating pop miniatures.

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Karen Russell and her novel Swamplandia.

The Sydney Morning Herald interviews Jeffrey Eugen=ides about his new novel, The Marriage Plot.

PopMatters lists 20 music videos from the 1980s that have aged well.

Sarah Glidden talks to J. about her graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less.

Drowned in Sound finished up its five part interview with Bjork.

Talk of the Nation interviews Art Spiegelman about his new book, MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: the new Blondie album, Panic of Girls.

The New Statesman interviews author and artist Audrey Niffenegger.

All Songs Considered and the Guardian remember guitarist Bert Jansch.

Monkey See profiles Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Transtromer.

NPR is streaming last night's Laura Marling concert.

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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