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June 25, 2012

Shorties (Dinowalrus, "Alt Lit," and more)

The Line of Best Fit profiles New York City band Dinowalrus.

Peter Feigenbaum, Liam Andrew and Max Tucker are the constituent parts that make up the brilliantly-named New Yorkers Dinowalrus, a band that despite that name don't play stoner metal (well, anymore) but ply a strange and heady brew of psychedelia, Krautrock, Gang Gang Dance-style electro experimentation and, perhaps most strangely of all, a take on late 80s British indie-dance.

At Vol 1. Brooklyn three authors and editors discuss the term "alt lit."

Dog Eared Discs interviews author Monique Roffey about her new novel, Archipelago.

BBC Radio 6 interviews Viv Albertine of The Slits.

Flavorwire recommends 10 books to read now that the first season of HBO's Girls has finished.

NPR is streaming the new techno compilation KMS 25th Anniversary Classics (out July 17th).

Mental Floss lists 11 authors who hated the movie versions of their books.

NPR streams a recent live performance by Regina Spektor.

Newsweek profiles the "godfather of Egyptian graphic novelists," Magdy El Shafee.

For proof of the power of comics, look no further than Metro: A Story of Cairo—Egypt's first graphic novel "for adults only." When the tale of a computer whiz-kid who robs a bank appeared in 2008, its artist, Magdy El Shafee, was arrested by the Mubarak regime, along with his Cairo publisher. Several years and a revolution later, his book is still banned in Egypt.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan talks to All Things Considered about the band's reunion and new album.

The Other People podcast interviews Kate Christensen, whose novel The Astral has just been published in paperback.

Win two of the year's finest debut novels, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles and Carol Rifka Brunt's Tell the Wolves I'm 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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