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May 14, 2012

Shorties (Rock Novels Worth Reading, Stream the New Mount Eerie Album, and more)

Three Guys One Book lists rock novels worth reading.

NPR is streaming the new Mount Eerie album, Clear Moon (out May 22nd).

Author Mo Willems remembers Maurice Sendak at Public Radio International.

The Boston Globe interviews singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.

Q. The new album makes a subtle shift to some Memphis soul influences. From a creative perspective, did you feel like you needed to shake things up?

A. For me personally it was just another step in the process. When I made my first EP, I wanted to do it solo so that I could have that experience. I made my honky-tonk record with "The Good Life," so I exorcised those demons. I got a little more singer-songwriter and folky on "Midnight at the Movies" and a little more rockabilly on "Harlem River Blues." I've always considered myself a Southern music preservationist. I've made my way through the various kinds of my music my home state [Tennessee] has to offer.

The Guardian offers tips on writing flash fiction.

The London Evening Standard interviews Claire Boucher of Grimes.

Literary critic Michael Dirda answers questions from the Reddit community.

On sale for $4.99 today at Amazon MP3, tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l my favorite album of 2011.

The Millions examines all six novels that are finalists for this year's Nebula Award.

Drowned in Sound interviews members of The Hives about the band's forthcoming album, Lex Hives (out June 5th).

Weekend Edition interviews Peter Carey about his new novel The Chemistry of Tears.

On the use of a dual narrative:

"I was interested in the present, and I was interested in the past. And the only reason I'm ever really interested about the past is because of its effect on the present. And although part of this book is set in the 19th century, with characters living in the 19th century, we, too, are living in the consequences of the 19th century. So, it's really quite simple in this case. I mean, you have one character who's living in 2010 and one character who's living in 1858, and these are ways to know them directly, to know them from inside."

NPR is streaming Kimbra's new album, Vows (out May 22nd).

Gary Krist talks to All Things Considered about his new book City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago.

Paste lists seven songs inspired by the Beach Boys.

Riff Raf interviews singer-songwriter and author Alina Simone.

The Observer profiles singer-songwriter Regina Spektor.

Weekend Edition interviews Gideon Lewis-Kraus about his new memoir A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful.

What 50 famous writers want us to know about the writing process.

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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