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May 6, 2012

Shorties (Jonathan Lethem, Beth Ditto, and more)

At Underwire, Geeta Dayal interviews Jonathan Lethem about his 33 1/3 book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music album.

The Believer also interviews Lethem.

The Guardian profiles Beth Ditto of the Gossip, and streams the band's new album.

Mark Kurlansky talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man.

The Lexington Herald-Leader profiles the Portland Cello Project.

The Project, which comes to Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts on Monday, brings an indie music sensibility to the instrument that is most commonly associated with strait-laced orchestral music. The group's repertoire spans classical masters such as Beethoven, modern composer Arvo Pärt and "music you wouldn't normally hear coming out of a cello," says the group's Web site, Those include cello-centric interpretations of music by Jay-Z and Britney Spears. The group's new album, Homage, is a collection of reinterpretations of hip-hop songs by artists including Kanye West and Lil' Wayne.

Jenny Lawson talks to the New York Times about her new memoir, Let's Pretend That Never Happened.

WXPN streams a recent performance by The Walkmen.

Three Percent lists the best translated books of 2011.

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten visits Sound Opinions for an interview and live performance.

Musician and publisher Ed Sanders talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, Fug You.

Singer-songwriter and author Dylan Hicks visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Mother Jones interviews Kate Bornstein about her new memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.

Louder Than War excerpts from Teddie Dahlin's forthcoming book A Vicious Love Story.

Win a copy of Alison Bechdel's new graphic novel Are You My Mother? and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this month'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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