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July 7, 2012

Shorties (Great Comeback Albums, Stephen King, and more)

Paste lists eight great comeback albums.

Salon defends Stephen King's writing.

MTV Hive is streaming the new Clare and the Reasons album KR-51 (out July 10th).

The Telegraph shares an excerpt from James Willstrop's new book, Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash.

Inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, five authors (including Jeanette Winterson and AL Kennedy) attempt writing erotica for the bestseller lists at the Guardian.

Jefferson Morley talks to Morning Edition about his book Snowstorm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835

At the Guardian, Margaret Atwood explains the Wattpad online writing community.

The Guardian interviews Gossip's Beth Ditto.

The BBC reports that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is no longer writing due to dementia.

Grantland make the case for My Bloody Valentine's Loveless album as the greatest of our age.

Listening to Loveless is not unlike the sensation of having just endured a two-hour sonic hurricane, then feeling an intense yet melodic pounding in your eardrums for the next week. And I mean that in the most pleasant way imaginable. What took so long for Shields to find in the studio was the ecstatic pleasure point buried in the suffocating psychic evisceration caused by pure unadulterated volume. On most rock records, the music drowns out the lyrics; on Loveless, the music drowns out the music. The songs are packed dense with multi-track vocals, distortion, tremolo guitar licks, drum loops, mechanical squeaks from robot zoo animals, the sweet moans of clouds mating, and other sound bites from a terrifyingly beautiful rapture. On many tracks, it's as if the actual song that you assume is in the middle of all of this has been removed, and it's just sonic detritus floating along in suspended animation, doing lovely little pirouettes and blowing peyote smoke rings.

Runnin' Scared lists 10 things you should know about summer reading.

Singer-songwriter JD McPherson visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Boing Boing excerpts from Ed Piskor's new graphic novel Wizzywig.

Talk of the Nation discusses the legacy of folk musician Woody Guthrie.

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

Amazon MP3 also features 25 soundtrack albums on sale for $2.99.

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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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