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April 25, 2012

Shorties (NYC Bands You Need to Hear, Anna Quindlen, and more)

The L Magazine lists eight NYC bands you need to hear.

Fresh Air interviews Anna Quindlen about her new memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.

Quindlen lists the 10 best memoirs written by women at the Barnes and Noble Review.

The Millions interviews author Lauren Groff.

NME interviews Ryan Jarman of the Cribs.

"We were just waiting for the [corporate indie] ship to sink," he said. "There was a period of time where there were so many bands, it was difficult for us to keep out of the regular channels. We were always seen as the outsiders, the band who were underrated or whatever. Underrated compared to bands who started out specifically with a corporate agenda?"

PopMatters lists the 10 greatest movies about writers/writing ever.

SF Weekly profiles singer-songwriter and producer John Vanderslice.

Mo Willems talks to Morning Edition about his new children's book, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?.

IFC talks to the collaborators who helped put together the graphic novel Harvey Pekar's Cleveland after the comic writer's death.

Spinner profiles the Alabama Shakes.

The Weeklings is a new collaborative blog featuring one post a day by talented writers like Greg Olear, Elissa Schappel, Diana Spechler, Sean Beaudoin, and others.

Trampled By Turtles visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Author Sebastian Faulks lists his "desert Island books" for The National.

PopMatters interviews Kevin Macdonald, director of the new Marley documentary.

NPR is streaming a recent live performance by Of Montreal.

At the Guardian, author Ewan Morrison lists the 10 best books about shopping malls.

Ckickitticket offers an infographic of music startups to watch.

The Millions have eight experts weigh in on who was a better writer: Tolstoy or Dostoevsky.

Win two of my favorite 33 1/3 books (Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson and Master of Reality by John Darnielle) 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)

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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