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January 30, 2012

Shorties (Stream Sharon Van Etten's New Album, Craig Thompson, and more)

Stream Sharon Van Etten's new album, Tramp, at NPR.

The Panel Borders podcast interviews cartoonist Craig Thompson about his graphic novel Habibi.

Mountain Xpress profiles John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

The Mountain Goats originated with Darnielle writing songs on his guitar and recording them on a cheap boombox, an arrangement that sometimes represents the act still — just him, his guitar and his lyrics. It is, admittedly, a pretty simple formula, one you can find somewhere on a street corner in just about every city in the country (and on more than a few street corners in our little city). Darnielle transcends the sum of this simple equation, in both style and substance. The songs he has recorded and disseminated to the public exceed 500, and yet there isn't the dilution of quality one might expect from someone so prolific.

Flavorwire lists the most iconic accessories of famous authors.

The Comic Book Road Show podcast interviews cartoonist Jeff Lemire.

The Daily Trojan profiles the band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Stylist lists its predictions for cult books of 2012.

Handbags, iPad cases, and Kindle cases made from vinyl album sleeves and books.

NDTV interviews author Salman Rushdie about returning to India. (via)

Book Boroughing interviews author Shalom Auslander.

The Nervous Breakdown lists 10 essential rock movies.

Book Stalker interviews Kamala Nair, author of The Girl in the Garden, about her literary reading experiences.

Girl in a Coma plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

The Other People podcast interviews author Caroline Leavitt.

Madonna talks to the Los Angeles Times about her film directorial debut, Super Bowl performance, new album, and tour.

The New York Times profiles singer-songwriter Ben Kweller, who has started distributing his music himself.

"It's fun, fascinating and a ridiculous amount of work to go from sitting back and letting a major label decide my fate to doing everything myself," said Mr. Kweller, who after 10 years on the major-label offshoot ATO Records will release his new album, "Go Fly a Kite," on Feb. 7 through his own label, The Noise Company. "We run our label like a mom-and-pop business. I feel like record labels shouldn’t be operated any differently than a shoe store or a bakery."

Author Jonathan Franzen is no fan of e-books.

"Someone worked really hard to make the language just right, just the way they wanted it. They were so sure of it that they printed it in ink, on paper. A screen always feels like we could delete that, change that, move it around. So for a literature-crazed person like me, it's just not permanent enough."

Singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

In the Guardian, Ewan Morrison predicts the burst of the self-epublishing bubble.

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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