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May 27, 2012

Shorties (Gillian Welch, China Mieville, and more)

Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch has created an archive of her live recordings over the past two years, with setlists and videos where applicable.


Everyday eBook interviews China Mieville about his new novel Railsea.

EE: Moby Dick is an influence on Railsea. How do you keep that recognizable but not create a derivative work?

CM: I can only speak for myself -- obviously different writers are going to do it different ways -- but for me, while Moby Dick is an enormous touchstone, the book is not intended to be a retelling at all. It takes a couple of aesthetic and philosophical tropes and a basic narrative hook -- look for that big, weirdly colored animal -- and it goes off and does whatever it wants.


The Trichordist shares the recent speech by David Lowery, frontman of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, at the SF Tech Summit.

Nevertheless, I’m what you might call a "Freemiumnista". I was a Freemiumnista before there was an Internet. I get that not all interactions between fans and artists should be monetized. I get that you can give away something and make more money in the long run. Virtually every live show we’ve ever played is available free on archive.org. Even before the internet we’ve encouraged and organized tape trees and later CD burn trees for distributing our live shows And we spend a lot of time trying to get people to buy our studio albums as well.


Jonathan Franzen discusses his literary influences at the Guardian.


Stream an 8-bit version of Radiohead's Kid A album.


The Guardian lists the top 10 literary books about cricket.


Amazon MP3 has its 12 favorite albums of 2102 so far on sale for $2.99 each.


The Guardian lists the top 10 eco-books.


Win the cookbooks The Ben and Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home 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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