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June 18, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Fiona Apple Album, The Coolest Author/Musician Collaborations, and more)

NPR is streaming Fiona Apple's new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (out June 19th).


Flavorwire lists the all-time coolest author/musician collaborations.


The Hollywood Reporter reports that The Rock Bottom Remainders, a music group consisting of authors Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, and others, is breaking up.


Weekend Edition interviews David Maraniss about his new book, Barack Obama: The Story.


Singer-songwriter Glen Hansard plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.


12 of the most surprising sophomore novels ever.


NPR is streaming the new Beachwood Sparks album, The Tarnished Gold (out June 26th)


The Observer interviews Richard Ford about his new novel, Canada.


The Guardian profiles legendary musical artist and composer Van Dyke Parks.


Designer Peter Mendelsund and author Ben Marcus discuss the design process behind the cover of Marcus's novel The Flame Alphabet at Talking Covers.

The first and most important job a book jacket performs is to beckon to the potential reader; to glimmer and entice the browser. If a book jacket does not succeed in this primary task, it fails completely. In the end, if nothing else, I hope the jacket helps this book (which ranks amongst the finest, most original and probing pieces of fiction I've read in my time at Knopf) find the widest possible audience.


The WTF with Marc Maron podcast interviews musician Jack White.


The Guardian lists 10 of the best TS Eliot quotes used as titles in literature.


CNN reports that younger music listeners are more likely to stream than buy.


Win Anthony Bourdain's new graphic novel Get Jiro! 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, Facebook, 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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