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April 6, 2012

Shorties (Anne Enright, Polyphonic Spree, and more)

Anne Enright discusses her latest novel The Forgotten Waltz with the Guardian book club podcast.

The Province interviews Polyphonic Spree frontman Tim DeLaughter.

Stuart Derdeyn: You've been on nine major labels and been dropped by all of them. How has this affected moving forward at this stage?

Tim DeLaughter: "Not having a major label behind you is liberating and taxing at the same time. Artistically the sky is the limit. Financially it is a bit different. In the old model of the music industry we would 'borrow' against future album sales to fund the shortfall of tours by taking tour support. Now we don't have that luxury to fall back on. We continue to be creative in finding finances. Even with major label support/funds, things have always been tight in the Spree. It is the nature of the beast."

At the Telegraph, author Tim Lott lists five of the best meals in literature.

Lucero visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Wall Street Journal profiles Seth Grahame-Smith, the "master of the mash-up" book.

Complex lists the top 100 albums of the past decade.

The Hays Free Press interviews author Louise Erdrich about her writing career.

The A.V. Club examines the meteoric rise of producer and DJ Skrillex.

NPR shares an excerpt from Lionel Shriver's new novel, The New Republic.

Drowned in Sound lists the best music videos from the first three months of 2012.

The Independent envisions a world where every book cover is designed by Chip Kidd.

All Things Considered explores the legacy of the Marshall amplifier in modern music.

Fresh Air interviews Simon Johnson about his new book, White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You.

Kathleen Edwards plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Win The Hunger Games trilogy boxed set 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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