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July 29, 2012

Shorties (A Profile of Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne, The 10 Best Closing Lines in Books, and more)

The Observer profiles Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.

If Tim Burton made a movie about a rock band, Coyne would be the Johnny Depp character: a dynamic dreamer from the school of Willy Wonka and Ed Wood. He readily admits that he is neither a great singer nor a gifted musician, but he has an inexhaustible fount of ideas and the dogged determination to make them real. His guiding principle is "Why not?" Why not spend seven years making a movie in his backyard called Christmas on Mars? Why not break the world record for the most shows played in different cities in 24 hours? Why not ask Justin Timberlake to play bass with you in a dolphin costume on Top of the Pops? Why not release an album – this month's The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends – of intergenerational collaborations ranging from Yoko Ono to Ke$ha via Nick Cave and Bon Iver? "If nothing else I'm a man of action," he says. "You just have to start to do it."

The Observer lists the 10 best closing lines in books.

In this 2009 recording, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and author Tobias Wolfe discuss music and writing, and even duet.

The Other People podcast interviews Sheila Heti about her new novel How Should a Person Be?.

Flavorwire lists 15 of the greatest lists in literature.

On sale for 99 cents today at Amazon MP3: Skrillex's Bangarang EP.

The Observer shares a "history of the bonkbuster in six books."

Best Coast visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Ben MacIntyre talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies.

Drowned in Sound recaps the best albums and songs of July.

Tixie is an online music calendar that also gives away free tickets. Cities currently covered include Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle, with more added regularly.

Win six books (featured on this site's Book Notes series in the coming week) and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 25 "rock that goes to 11" albums.

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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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