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May 15, 2012

Shorties (Lady Chatterly's Literary Mixtape, Richard Ford, and more)

Flavorwire creates a literary mixtape for Lady Chatterly.

Goodreads interviews author Richard Ford about his new novel Canada.

We Love DC interviews Kelley Deal of the Breeders about her new band, R.Ring.

JD: What is your idea for your new project? Your new songs "Fall Out and Fire" and "Hundred Dollar Heat" have a very nice sense of melody, as well as a spare, haunting quality; what are you conjuring?

KD: Well, since we both have other bands that we can do full band ideas with, it's really important to me to do something that was just different; one of the songs we do is a cover of "Ghosts" by Shellac – we do it on acoustic guitar, which cracks me up! I love the idea of taking that song, deconstructing whatever song it is, and finding what is it that makes that song move, what is it that makes that song sing, what are the sweet spots, what are not, and understanding it – I don't know, I just find music fascinating.

The Christian Science Monitor recommends 15 summer 2012 novels.

On KCRW, The LA Review of Books also recommends summer reading.

Stream Gossip's new album, A Joyful Noise (out May 22nd), at the band's website.

Paste lists the 70 best albums from the 1970s.

All Things Considered interviews Rafe Sagarin about his new book, Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease.

So So Gay interviews the band Tu Fawning.

So So Gay: How would you describe your music?

Tu Fawning: Our music tries to gather many influences under one roof, from dark pop music to antique field recordings, psychedelic folk to dirty dancehall. We take a certain devious delight in evading easy description, flummoxing record store categorisation and forcing music reviewers into Rorschach test free-association.

The New Yorker has launched a new books blog, The Page Turner.

All Things Considered gathers remembrances of bassist Duck Dunn.

At the Man Booker Prize website, Hilary mantel offers tips for writing historical fiction along with a recommended reading list.

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.

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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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