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March 28, 2012

Shorties (Mike Skinner of The Streets Talks Books, Top Cities with the Best Local Music Scenes, and more)

The Spectator Book Blog talks books with Mike Skinner of The Streets, whose memoir The Story of the Streets is out in the UK. lists the top 10 cities with the best local music scenes outside of Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles.

The Millions posts a previously unpublished David Foster Wallace scene from the paperback edition of his posthumous novel The Pale King.

PopMatters interviews Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth about his new solo album, Between the Times and Tides.

Spinner interviews Stevie Johnson of the Alabama Shakes.

At the Guardian, author Glenn Patterson lists the top 10 Belfast books.

Rolling Stone reports that singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston has released another iPad game, Space Ducks.

Talk of the Nation interviews Dr. Ira Byock about his new book The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life.

The Record explores the online Alan Lomax archive of interviews and recordings.

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.

Fresh Air interviews Rachel Maddow about her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.

At The A.V. Club, Memoryhouse covers The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

The New York Times and NPR review Cheryl Strayed's new memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail.

Comics Worth Reading lists a "comics canon" by listing the best graphic novels ever published.

The A.V. Club discusses what makes a good book-to-film adaptation.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3 today: The Lights' Siberia album.

The A.V. Club interviews James Mercer of The Shins about the band's new album,

The band Jet has broken up, according to NME.

Win copies of The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines and The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook by Alan Kistler 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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