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January 25, 2012

Shorties (Banana Yoshimoto, Leslie Feist, and more)

Melville House interviews author Banana Yoshimoto.

When you write, what readers do you have in mind?

I have in mind sensitive, somewhat adolescent people who are stuck between reality and fantasy. Young, rebellious people like to read my books, but I guess what I really like is to encourage adults who still have playful, adolescent minds.

Singer-songwriter Leslie Feist talks songwriting with the New Zealand Herald.

Geek Dad recommends dystopian YA novels.

At TIME, the members of the band Two Lights break down the expenses involved in launching a music career.

Social Web Daily lists eight literary hot spots for the social media enthusiast.

The Days of Yore interviews author Mary Karr.

The Guardian reports that Saint Etienne will release their first studio album in seven years in 2012.

Paul Gravett examines the rise in popularity of sequential comics in Middle Eastern countries.

Pop & Hiss breaks down the new 76-track Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.

"There's an adult pop record, there's a peer record, there's an alternative rock album, and the rock record," continued Ayeroff, adding that in the iTunes age he anticipates some people who buy the download version will pick and choose which parts of it they pull down.

IGN interviews comics legend Stan lee about his 70 years in the business.

Pop & Hiss explores Stones Throw Records' new $10 per month digital subscription plan for new music.

The Wilson Quarterly interviews author Michael Scammell about writing biography. (via)

Rolling Stone profiles The Alabama Shakes.

Onstage, blasting through tunes like the euphoric, gospel-tinged "I Found You," the slow-burning "You Ain't Alone" and the sunny Motown groove "Hold On," Howard belts like a garage-rock Janis Joplin over the band's sturdy, high-energy choogling. New fans are converted at every gig – including the Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood, who was so impressed after catching a raw in-store set last summer that he invited the group to open for a run of Truckers shows.

Seattle Weekly also profiles the band.

Literary Tourist is a website devoted to the best bookstore and literary travel destinations.

At Clash, Bob Mould interviews Craig Finn about the Hold Steady frontman's new solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes.

The A.V. Cluband Vulture also interview Finn.

The Other People podcast interviews author Vanessa Veselka.

The Independent lists Great Britain's 50 best bookstores.

Fresh Air interviews Paul Barrett about his new book, Glock: The Rise of America's Gun.

Amazon MP3 has 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music 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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