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April 13, 2012

Shorties (Unlucky Characters in Literature, 20 Years of Chickfactor, and more)

The Huffington Post lists unlucky characters in literature.

Nonstop Sound interviews Gail O'Hara about the 20th anniversary of her zine Chickfactor.

NS: The style of indie-pop you're promoting here is not the most popular subgenre of indie rock out there, but people like Black Tambourine and Versus and others have maintained a dedicated cult-following over the years. To what do you attribute their continuing appeal?

GO: "I don't really think of music in terms of 'indie pop.' To me it's all music. I think the Zombies and Ellie Greenwich make sense next to the Smiths and R.E.M. and the Aislers Set and Lois. Bridget St. John has been playing music since the '70s. Black Tambourine and Versus just have fantastic songs that people want to hear played live, and their members are charismatic and foxy."

The Picador Book Room shares a Spotify playlist of "literary songs for discerning rock and rollers."

Variety previews Record Store Day (April 21st in the US).

The American Library Association lists the most banned books of 2011.

Blog on the Tracks lists the best and scariest horror film soundtracks.

The Atlantic Wire lists banned books it has loved.

Live Music Blog features the Coachella webcast schedule.

The Red and Black profiles Athens, Georgia's literary culture.

Slicing Up Eyeballs excerpts the first 23 pages of Jonathan Lethem's 33 1/3 book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music.

Thomas Dolby visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Flavorwire lists 10 books that would make great theme parties.

All Things Considered profiles the Alabama Shakes.

Alabama Shakes' music exudes a 1960s soul vibe — which, when coupled with Howard's vocals, has gotten the band compared to some heavy-hitting musicians, including Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.

Relix also profiles the band.

Win The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set, The Hunger Games soundtrack, 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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