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July 1, 2012

Shorties (New York City Literary Bars, Passion Pit, and more)

Lonely Planet lists 10 literary bars of New York City.


The Observer profiles the band Passion Pit.

Passion Pit make the kind of relentlessly effervescent, maximalist electro-pop that conjures images of over-excited toddlers let loose in ball pits. Until, that is, you realise all that giddy mania is the vehicle for some of the most despondent lyrics around. Twenty-five-year-old Michael Angelakos, frontman and founder, is responsible for both extremes but in person – a tired, anxious, thoughtful young man – it's far easier to square him with the latter.


Joe Oestreich talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll. Read an excerpt from the book.


The Guardian lists eight musical acts that represent modern Jamaican music.


More Intelligent Life profiles the writing of Martin Amis.


Paste lists the 12 best Ryan Adams songs.


The Chicago Tribune recommends crime fiction for summer reading.


On sale for $2.99 today at Amazon MP3: the classic album Led Zeppelin IV.


"Is Philosophy Literature?" asks Jim Holt in the New York Times.


Singer-songwriter Brendan Benson visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Slate interviews Joshua Henkin about his new novel The World Without You.


Emily Haines of Metric talks to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Synthetica.


Monkey See makes the case for irrational music listening rituals.


Harper's interviews author Julie Otsuka about her novel The Buddha and the Attic.


The New York Times interviews Iggy Pop.


Lit Reactor lists 10 novels with "serious drug psychosis."


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

Amazon MP3 also features 25 of its bestselling albums on sale for $2.99.


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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