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November 16, 2011

Shorties (Diane Keaton, My Bloody Valentine, and more)

Diane Keaton talks to Morning Edition about her new memoir, Then Again.

Aquarium Drunkard looks back on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless album 20 years after its release.

Magnet's editor talks to In the Know about the music magazine's return to print.

The shortlists for the 2011 Costa Book Awards have been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Christie Watson and her novel Tiny Sunbirds Far Away.

CNN profiles Wilco.

"You've got to do what makes you the most happy. That's how we got here. That's exactly what we've been doing for a long, long time and things have followed suit somehow from that," Tweedy said. "But there's always going to be insecurity when you put yourself up on a stage and say, 'Look at me!' There are people that are really good at that and good at making themselves believe that they're invincible. But I don't believe there's many of them that aren't crazy."

FEARnet shares a literary horror wishlist for the holidays.

Gorman Bechard, director of the Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed, talks to the Village Voice about the film.

"I wondered how I could get my love for the Replacements across to people who didn't really know their story," says Bechard, who first saw the band in 1983 at Toad's in New Haven. ("They opened for R.E.M., and I thought they really sucked that night.”) "So I thought, ‘Why not let the fans tell their stories.'" It just so happens that some of the fans—or "witnesses"—are pretty famous.

PopMatters lists the 10 best behind the scenes film books of all time.

RFTmusic lists six indie rock songs that sound like Christian rock songs.

Publishing Trendsetter illustrates the life cycle of a book, from author to distribution and publicity.

Drowned in Sound profiles the Canadian band New Look.

There are endless pop genres: electro, afro, goth… the list goes on. And now the Future Pop movement has been created by Canadian band New Look, husband and wife duo Adam Pavao and Sarah Ruba. "I think that term is born out of us not wanting to call ourselves straight pop, because we don't feel like we're purely that," Sarah explains. "Even though we feel like we're gearing towards writing pop songs, it's not like Britney Spears, you know? Also because of the synths, the '80s influence, it sounds kind of spacey; and when synthesizers first came out, they were like 'The Future.' It's a way of using a nostalgic term for electronic instruments in combination with popular and futuristic sounds."

Jeff Kinney, author of The Wimpy Kid series, discusses his favorite books from childhood with ArtsBeat.

The Telegraph also interviews Kinney.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: Robert Earl Keen's Ready for Confetti album.

Talk of the Nation interviews David Bellos about his new book, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything.

Joyful Noise Recordings is reissuing three Dinosaur Jr. albums (Dinosaur, You're Living All Over Me, Bug) in a cassette box set.

Fresh Air interviews Regis Philbin about his new book, How I Got This Way.

A Blog Supreme lists five songs where jazz meets electronic music.

Win Bill Clinton's new book Back to Work and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.

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)

Online "Best Books of 2011" Online Lists

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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