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February 7, 2012

Shorties (The London of Charles Dickens, Liam Finn, and more)

CNN takes a tour of Dickensian London.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Liam Finn.

"It became a philosophy of mine, of trying to capture the music in the same way you might record a demo," he said, explaining, "When you start to write a song and you record it on a little four-track, quite often, you catch an atmosphere and those weird sonic things that make it very hard to recreate in a studio. But those sounds—that's where it becomes unique." He added, "You can write a really nice little pop song, but it’s the way that you color it in and, I guess, subvert it that makes it unique to you. I think what makes people latch onto it in a different way."

The Telegraph recommends new novels that recast Oliver Twist for children.

NPR is streaming the new Field Music album, Plumb (out February 14th).

Robert Harris talks to Morning Edition about his new thriller, The Fear Index.

"I was a political journalist; I came to writing novels through an interest in politics and power," he says. "And now I think that if you want to write about power, go and look at computers, go and look at the financial markets. It seems to me ... that's nearer the cutting edge of what's guiding our lives now than conventional political parties."

The Record explores Madonna's musical legacy.

Madonna, ever the feminizing force in pop, is doing what all queen dowagers do: turning the world's attention to her heirs.

My Name Is Not Bob lists the best blogs for writers to read in 2012.

Drowned in Sound interviews Dylan baldi of the Cloud Nothings about the band's new album, Attack on Memory.

Comic Alliance interviews the former Pizza Island cartoonists (Kate Beaton, Domitille Collardey, Sarah Glidden, Meredith Gran, Lisa Hanawalt, Deana Sobel and Julia Wertz) about their future plans.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Air's new album Le Voyage Dans La Lune.

In the New York Times, authors Donald Antrim, Chad Harbach and Susan Orlean discuss the appeal of sports in our society.

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.

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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