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August 11, 2012

Shorties (AC/DC Wine, Remembering David Rakoff, and more)

AC/DC Wines:

Back in Black Shiraz
Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon
Thunderstruck Chardonnay
Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh Air, Ed Champion, and Monkey See remember writer and humorist David Rakoff.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the discography of Frank Zappa.

Flavorwire lists what your favorite YA fiction series says about you.

The New Statesman profiles Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek about his latest album, Among the Leaves.

Much of the record is about your experiences on the road and your day-to-day routine as a songwriter. How has your life changed over the 20 years since the release of your first album, Down Colorful Hill?

The first thing that comes to mind is that I'm not broke any more and the second thing is that I put my own records out – I don't release them through other labels. The third thing is I don't have "a band" any more, [which is] part of the reason I'm not broke.

Chad Harbach talks to the Aspen Daily News about his debut novel The Art of Fielding.

Flavorwire recommends 10 reunion albums that are actually worth your time.

The New Statesman lists the top 10 London novels.

RFTmusic lists five especially awkward music delivery systems.

The Morning News has launched Reading Roulette, a new series of contemporary Russian short stories and interviews with their author.

LA Music Blog interviews folk singer-songwriter Neil Halstead of Mojave 3.

Full Stop interviews Christopher Beha about his debut novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder.

Jennie Fields talks to All Things Considered about her new novel, The Age of Desire.

Voice of America examines voter registration drives at concerts.

"A Wilco show is an exercise in persistence and patience, because most people are registered at a Wilco show," said Bernstein. "When we are at a show with a younger demographic, like a Dave Matthews show, it is very common that we will register 200 people."

Muse's Matt Bellamy talks to The Record about the band's "official" Olympic song, "Survival."

"I was just imagining being in the athlete's mind just before they're about to take off, when they're in the blocks. ... For me, it's about competition. It's about these athletes and the focus they need. And I wanted to find a way to sing about that. ... The alternative would have been to do a sort of 'We are the world, We are the people,"' Bellamy said, imitating the 1985 charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. "But I think if we would have done that, it would have been the end of our career."

The Simple Dollar lists 28 great books you can read for free.

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 hip hop 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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