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May 28, 2012

Shorties (Highbrow Books for the Beach, Stream the New Japandroids Album, and more)

Stream one of my favorite albums of 2012, Japandroids' Celebration Rock (out June 5th), at NPR Music.

Flavorpill recommends highbrow books to read on the beach.

NPR is streaming Kelly Hogan's new album I Like to Keep Myself in Pain.

The Guardian examines the difficulty of writing fiction about cricket.

The A.V. Club lists 18 anti-Beatles songs.

Jennifer Egan discusses her Twitter short story with Page-Turner.

NPR is streaming the new Liars album, WIXIW (out June 5th).

io9 lists the 1960s science fiction novels everyone should read.

Drowned in Sound interviews Paul McCartney about songwriting and the recent reissue of his RAM album.

Open Culture shares author Neil Gaiman's 10 tips for working in the arts, culled from a recent commencement speech.

The New York Times profiles the founders of Cash Music, an open source platform for musicians.

CASH, which stands for Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders, is part of a growing market of behind-the-scenes companies like Topspin Media and Bandcamp that handle the kind of business tasks that used to be the domain of record labels — marketing, merchandising and Web distribution among them. But unlike most of those companies, which take fees on transactions, CASH offers its services free and uses open-source software that can be customized by anyone. In that way, it is a kind of Linux for musicians.

In the New Yorker, author Colson Whitehead examines his childhood love for b-movies and their influence on his writing.

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

Flavorwire lists 10 famous authors' fascinating alter egos.

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.

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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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