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July 12, 2012

Shorties (Rick Moody on His First Concert, 50 Shades of Grey Sells Classical Music, and more)

At Riff Raf, author Rick Moody shares his first concert experience.

Deceptive Cadence reports that the 50 Shades of Grey book trilogy is increasing sales of classical music.

Consider this: Thomas Tallis' wondrous 40-part motet Spem in alium, written around 1570 and recorded by The Tallis Scholars more than 25 years ago, has bounded up the classical charts, thanks to its mention in the first installment of Fifty Shades.

Nashville Cream interviews singer-songwriter Jason Isbell about quitting drinking and moving to Nashville.

GeekDad recommends comics based on literature as part of its Comics as Literature series.

On sale for $2.99 today at Amazon MP3: Metric's Synthetica album.

The Huffington Post talks to debut novelists about their publishing experience.

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

Bookworm interviews Victoria Nelson about her new book Gothicka: Vampire Heroes, Human Gods, and the New Supernatural.

Drowned in Sound interviews Future of the Left frontman Andy Falkous.

DiS: ...I’m sure you’re going to get asked about this A LOT, but how do you now feel about the whole Pitchfork review and your subsequent retort? It felt to me that your issue with that piece of writing largely stemmed from a misunderstanding of the lyrics?

AF: I think he willfully misunderstood the lyrics is my point. I don’t want to assume, but all reviews and indeed rock shows are played out with an agenda. Over the period of twelve years I’ve had lots of bad reviews – anybody in a band has. The difference with Pitchfork is partly that it’s incredibly influential but, in particular, it was that the review came out a full eight days before that of any other. Now that to me is suspicious and it helps set an agenda even for those people who don’t regard themselves as impressionable; it’ll seep through their consciousness and create a certain amount of doubt.

io9 lists 10 science fiction novels you pretend to have read (and why you should actually read them).

Folk Alley shares a streaming mix to celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday.

Talk of the Nation interviews Patrick Somerville about his new novel This Bright River and its infamous New York Times review.

Win the graphic novel Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall 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 667 albums for 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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