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June 2, 2012

Shorties (Dave Eggers, Japandroids, and more)

Dave Eggers reads and discusses a Roddy Doyle short story in this week's New Yorker fiction podcast.

The Vancouver Sun profiles the band Japandroids.

Following breakthrough noise-pop pounder Post-Nothing, the band changed virtually nothing. Celebration Rock (reviewed here) features the same two people recording in the same Vancouver studio with the same engineer wrapping the same number of songs in the same comfortable coat of fuzz. In a bizarre coincidence, it even has almost the same run-time, differing by only 30 seconds.

Rich Cohen talks to Morning Edition about his new book The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King.

The Bleader points out pianist Jeremy Denk's excellent music blog, Think Denk.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best calendar dates in book titles.

PopSpots is a website that pinpoints the exact geographic locations where pop culture events took place, with a focus on New York City.

GeekDad lists comics considered as "serious literature."

The Guardian interviews Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess.

In the Telegraph, Hilary Mantel discusses writing about Thomas Cromwell.

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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