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April 1, 2012

Shorties (The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Lionel Shriver, and more)

Day to Day profiles the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.

Dressed in starchy white shirts and cheap polyester ties, the group creates a 1950s-style atmosphere, casually chatting about their weekends as if they are really in an office. Then, all of a sudden, the click-click of the key stroking finds a groove.

The moment of transition during their performance when the random typewriter noise suddenly hitches into rhythm is thrilling. It's also one of the secrets of the BTO's success.

The Toronto Star interviews Lionel Shriver about her new novel, The New Republic.

Q: How do you feel about the obvious comparisons critics have drawn to Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop?

A: I take them as a compliment. That book’s a lot of fun. I haven’t read it in a long time. Both books mock the Fourth Estate, which is kind of timely in my case, given what’s going on with Rupert Murdoch and his news empire.

At Paste, 20 bands show off their tour vans.

The Guardian lists pranks by literary writers.

Speakeasy interviews Justin Townes Earle about his new album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now.

The Record recaps this past week's EMP Pop Conference.

You, as a presumably non-academic human being in possession of a normal amount of musical obsession, might not be interested in spending a sunny Saturday in a classroom listening to people talk about Prince's early adventures on and subsequent rejection of the Internet, or how pop music ambitions have made local heroes irrelevant. But whether they eventually turn into books or trickle out into the mainstream via major media outlets, the conversations that took place last weekend will affect the ways you hear and read about music.

Magic Castles visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Whatculture! reports that Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels will get color reissues.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3 today: The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow album.

Anne-Marie O'Connor talks to All Things Considered about her new book, The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.

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.

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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