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February 20, 2012

Shorties (Magnetic Fields, Haruki Murakami, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt.

Stream the BBC documentary Haruki Murakami: In Search of his Elusive Writer. (via)

The Globe and Mail profiles singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

At 3:AM Magazine, Andrew Gallix interviews Simon Reynolds.

3:AM: You're known for having introduced critical theory into music journalism: wasn't this in part a way of providing an intellectual justification to what you were doing?

SR: No, I don't think so — I've never felt the need to justify or aggrandise music in that way. Music asserts its own importance and crucialness without any help from me or the books I've read! What it is, I'm a fan of critical theory, of that kind of philosophy and writing, and it just seemed like there was a natural fit between certain ideas and what was going on in the music. It wasn't about legitimising "low" culture in high culture or highbrow terms, but just about intensification — the ideas would potentiate (to use drug terminology) the most radical aspects of the music. The combination of the music and the theorisation seemed to create a bigger buzz, basically.

The Guardian profiles Adam Ant.

"Cos new romantic was nothing to do with Adam and the Ants. The Ants was a punk band, or a post-punk band if anything, and so historically it's inaccurate. New romantic was basically, in my mind, clubbers with too much makeup on with stupid clothes. I never set foot in any of their clubs, so I find it quite distressing to be nobbled into new romantic, cos it was just a load of guys who looked like they'd had a row with their girlfriends' makeup. There was nothing tough about it, nothing dangerous about it, it was soft electro stuff and it just looked a bit wet. And I didn't like being associated with it."

At Vice, Jon Savage interviews Iggy Pop.

William Wallace Cook talks to All Things Considered about his new book, Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots.

Weekend Edition profiles Senegalese rap artists leading political protests in their country.

The Rumpus interviews Sara Benincasa about her new memoir, Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom.

NPR is streaming the new Y La Bamba album, Court the Storm (out February 28th).

Islam and Science Fiction interviews author G. Willow Wilson.

R. Hankins: Do you think there is a general lack of interest in Science Fiction in the Muslim world? What has been your experience?

G. Willow Wilson: I have been very surprised by the level of interest and support that I've gotten. For a long time I thought it was just the American Muslim community, because there is a lot, geek cultures generally sci-fi fantasy comics, is really big in the Muslim community because it’s an outsider culture. That really resonates, I think, with American Muslims who are kind of struggling to reconcile too often conflicting identities. I mean that kind of at the core of sci-fi and fantasy. You've got the kid who’s kind of on the outside, but he has super powers; he discovers he’s got this great destiny or you know, things really aren't that bad after all, and I think that really appeals to Muslim, especially youth, Muslim youth in America.

NPR is streaming the new Dirty Three album, Toward the Low Sun (out February 28th).

The Other People podcast interviews Adam Wilson about his debit novel. Flatscreen.

NPR is streaming the new Robert Glasper Experiment album, Black Radio (out February 28th).

Austin Kleon lists 25 great quotes about creativity that didn't make it into his new book, Steal Like an Artist.

NPR is streaming Fanfarlo's new album, Rooms Filled with Light (out February 28th).

To the Best of Our Knowledge interviews authors about the question of creativity in creative nonfiction.

Amazon MP3 has 100 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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