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May 18, 2012

Shorties (Donna Summer, Jonathan Lethem, and more)

All Things Considered looks back on the music career of Donna Summer.

Rolling Stone and Music Mix share playlists of her greatest hits.

The Believer interviews author Jonathan Lethem.

The Handsome Furs have broken up.

The Believer interviews author Jonathan Lethem.

The Columbus Dispatch interviews Pat Sansone of Wilco and The Autumn Defense.

I really love The Autumn Defense because it reminds me of bands I love such as Wings and Bread. Are you a fan of 1970s AM radio rock?

Pat Sansone: Of course, that's what we grew up with and it's definitely a part of our sound and a part of our influences. Both of those bands you mentioned -- we love The Beatles and Paul McCartney and those Wings albums are great. We definitely appreciate being mentioned in the same sentence with Paul McCartney.

The Middle Class Handbook lists 5 ways to kill your book club. (via)

The Guardian profiles the Maccabees.

Weeks firmly downplays any suggestion their success means his group are the last of the great indie guitar bands ("Anything like that must be taken with a huge pinch of salt"), but with big-selling guitar bands now almost as rare as the dodo, they have followed a method dating back to the Rolling Stones and the Who: forming like a gang in childhood, making gradually better records (initially on tiny labels Haircut and Promise Records) and then touring the world as mates.

The longlist for the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year has been named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Stuart Neville.

Zeus visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.

Morning Edition remembers author Carlos Fuentes.

Win Hilary Mantel's novels Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall 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)

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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