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July 15, 2012

Shorties (The Big Novels of 2012, Albums That Inspired Jimi Hendrix, and more)

The Guardian lists the big novels of 2012.

The Independent lists albums from Jimi Hendrix's personal collection that inspired the guitar legend.

The Guardian profiles the band The Very Best.

"This is our clubby album, it feels good," he says. "The last album was a bit slow to play live, and we had to use the remixes." As brilliantly now as MTMTMK sounds – it's hard to think of another record that embodies the global pop spirit of an Olympic summer so vividly.

Pauline Chen talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, The Red Chamber and the Chinese classic that inspired it.

The Independent profiles singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty.

With his pale complexion, his towering build (he is around 6ft 4in), the curtain of thick black hair and enormous beseeching eyes, he looks like he might belong to another century, perhaps even another world. Then, of course, there is the voice, which in conversation emerges as a half-whisper but while singing turns into a beautiful, quavering falsetto. Not for nothing did Lou Reed, a man not exactly liberal with his compliments, once say: "When I heard him, I knew I was in the presence of an angel."

Electric Literature shares a short story by Fiona Mazel.

JamBase interviews These United States frontman Jesse Elliott about the band's name.

Andrew Blackwell talks to All Things Considered about his new book Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places.

All Things Considered interviews Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth about the band's new album, Swing Lo Magellan.

The Los Angeles Review of Books finds literary inspirations for television series Breaking Bad, The Wire, and The Sopranos in classic literature.

Win copies of Cheryl Strayed's collection of Dear Sugar columns Tiny Beautiful Things and Jaime Hernandez's graphic novel God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls 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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