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July 30, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Fleetwood Mac Tribute Album, James Kelman on Critical Response to His Writing, and more)

NPR is streaming Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac (out August 14th).

Author James Kelman talks to the Guardian about critical response to his work.

"Obviously as a writer you have to reflect on why your work is provoking such hostility, because all you want to do is write your stories as best you can. You're forced to reflect on, why is my work so upsetting for people? The agenda behind it is clear. They don't want to see these people in literature. These areas of human experience [I write about] should not appear in public; we don't want to know. We know that people are in the street, that they have no money and are maybe begging, but we don't want to see them in literature. They should be swept under the carpet."

NPR is streaming Redd Kross's new album, Researching the Blues (out August 7th).

McSweeney's offers an excerpt from Nick Hornby's new essay collection, More Baths Less Talking.

The Line of Best Fit interviews members of Purity Ring about the band's new album, Shrines.

Drowned in Sound interviews guitarists Johnny marr and Nile Rodgers.

Stephen Elliott talks to Tech Crunch about the Letters in the Mail project at The Rumpus.

Sebadoh is selling a Secret EP on Bandcamp.

Charles Yu talks to Weekend Edition about his new short story collection, Sorry Please Thank You.

The Hype Machine is streaming R Stevie Moore's new album, Lo Fi High Fives?..A Kind Of Best Of (out August 6th).

Karin Slaughter talks to Morning Edition about her new novel, Criminal.

The Guardian finds a correlation between The Hunger Games YA fiction trilogy and the growing popularity of archery.

Observations points out a study that notes that popular music is becoming less varied and louder with the passage of time.

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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