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January 27, 2012

Shorties (Write a Book on Your Favorite Seminal Album, Craig Finn on Friday Night Lights, and more)

The 33 1/3 series of books on seminal albums has opened its call for new proposals.

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn talks about his solo album and Friday Night Lights with Billboard.

"The only thing about the record that really deals with 'Friday Night Lights' is the title. I've seen it overstated in a few places, like that I wrote a record about a TV show," Finn says, chuckling. "That said, one thing I love about the show and just can't get over is that when the kids get older and graduate, they go away - but you're staying there. You know the teacher, the football coach, the guidance counselor, but you have a new group of kids coming in. That was a very smart plotline."

Book Boroughing posts photos of last night's Largehearted Boy 10th anniversary party at WORD (disclosure: I am co-founder of Book Boroughing, but Gabrielle Gantz, the other co-founder, wrote that post).

The Charlotte Observer interviews Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle.

Q. Where does your literary approach to songwriting stem from?

A combination of my love of poetry and fiction. With fiction, you immerse yourself in the story. With poetry, it's like breaking into a castle. With a lot of poetry you have to figure out the riddles, the actions. There isn't a big scene setting. You have 16 lines and you read it multiple times. Maybe you memorize it and see how it sounds on your tongue. It's not like fiction and poetry haven't interacted a lot. I was writing poems, and I saw that the main people reading poetry are just other poets. I started setting them to music.

The A.V. Club interviews Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson about his new solo album, Provincial.

LEGO album art (via)

At HTMLGIANT, author Roxane Gay shares lessons she's learned starting a micropress.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: The Roots' latest album Undun.

Comic Book Resources interviews comics writer Gene Luen Yang about the first book in the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, The Promise - Part 1.

Pop Candy lists items whose design is inspired by the cover of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album.

The Seattle Times reviews Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, a documentary about the comics writer and musician.

Monkey See examines how the Academy Awards have lost touch with movie music.

Christopher Paul Curtis talks to All Things Considered about his novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963.

Singer-songwriter Anna Calvi plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Cartoonist Craig Thompson walks the Guardian through the creation of his graphic novel Habibi in a slideshow.

Win three of my favorite New York novels and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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