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March 17, 2012

Shorties (The Shins, Failed Book-to-Film Franchises, and more)

The New York Times profiles Shins frontman James Mercer.

"This thing is something I started in my bedroom as a recording project, and to an extent it has always been that way," he said. "Its true nature is about the recordings. It's about me having my aesthetic vision realized however possible and then figuring out how to take that vision on the road."

World Cafe features a performance by The Shins.

The Globe and Mail reviews the band's new album, Port of Morrow. lists failed book-to-film franchises. explores commercial radio's reticence to play indie music.

Science fiction author Bruce Sterling talks to Smithsonian about modern futurism.

The A.V. Club interviews Stephen Patterson of White Rabbits about the band's best and worst songs and new album Milk Famous.

At The Browser, author Andy Borowitz is interviewed and recommends five comic novels.

Low Times is a new music podcast hosted by Tom Scharpling. (via)

Flavorwire shares 25 literary quotes about luck.

Backbeat recommends 10 authentic Irish drinking songs.

All Things Considered recommends three books about the early days of air travel.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, 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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