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February 8, 2012

Shorties (Philip Glass, Stephen Fry, and more)

Sound of the City interviews Philip Glass about growing up in segregated Baltimore and black music's influence on his compositions.

The Bat Segundo Show interviews author and comedian Stephen Fry.

The A.V. Club interviews Sharon Van Etten about her new album, Tramp.

AVC: You’re known for being an autobiographical songwriter; that was certainly true of your first album. Do you feel like that’s continued on this record? Are you still drawing from your own life, or are you moving away from that?

SVE: I’m slowly moving away from it. There are still songs that are about things I went through, but there are more songs that my friends have gone through, and I’m learning how to separate myself a little more, because I feel like the better I am at separating myself and writing in a way where it’s more general, I feel like more people will be able to relate to the songs. But whether the song is about me or not, the content will probably always be surrounding the idea of love, because it’s I think the most universal thing to write about. I don’t know. I joke about my next record being an album of book reviews. I’m not sure.

PopMatters lists the 10 greatest Shakespeare adaptations of all time.

The A.V. Club lists eight rules for covering Bob Dylan.

Component Parts interviews author Adam Wilson about music and his debut novel Flatscreen.

Willamette Week offers a primer to the music of Dr. Dog.

For fans of: My Morning Jacket's more psychedelic side, Langhorne Slim's more rockin’ side, Fleet Foxes' less artsy side, the Kinks' less British side.

Chatelaine interviews author Erin Morgenstern about her novel The Night Circus.

The Santa Barbara Independent interviews White Denim frontman James Petralli about touring with Wilco.

The Book Bench interviews Michael Chabon about his new short story in the New Yorker, "Citizen Conn."

The Mountain Goats cover Leonard Cohen's "The Smokey Life."

Philip Coggan talks to Morning Edition about his new book, Paper Promises: Debt, Money and the New World Order.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: Johnny Cash's 16 Biggest Hits album.

Fresh Air interviews William Broad about his new book, The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.

Drowned in Sound and the Chicago Reader interview Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn about his solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes.

Katherine Boo talks to Morning Edition about her new book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.

Win Sharon Van Etten's new album Tramp and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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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