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August 6, 2012

Shorties (Beth Orton, The Proliferation of Book Clubs, and more)

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

The Toronto Star notes the proliferation of book clubs, both online and in person.

The Wall Street Journal profiles the band Antibalas.

Happily for fans of the Afrobeat sound, the Antibalas motor is humming once again. On Tuesday, the collective returns with the release of its self-titled fifth album, produced by old friend Gabe Roth, the bassist and mastermind behind the Bushwick-based label Daptone Records. The album is a return to the organic Afrobeat sound, following the more jittery and electronic-leaning "Security," which was produced by John McEntire of the electro-rock outfit Tortoise. The move to Daptone also marks the band's return to the Brooklyn marketplace.

Flavorwire lists unlikely literary friendships.

NME reports that Interpol frontman Paul Banks' second solo album will be released on October 22nd.

The Telegraph reports that Amazon UK now sells more e-books than print titles.

Granta shares writers' reflections on home.

The Guardian reports that singer-songwriter Morrissey is no fan of the Olympics.

Filmmaker and actress Lena Dunham has an essay in the New Yorker.

Weekend Edition profiles country music songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler.

Even if you've never heard of Billy Edd Wheeler, you might recognize "Jackson," a song he wrote with the help of songwriting heavyweights Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller back in 1963. It was a Top 20 pop hit for Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra in 1967, and got to No. 2 on the country charts that same year in a version by Johnny Cash and June Carter.

The Book Cover Archive is an archive of book cover designs and designers.

NPR is streaming Django Django's self-titled debut album (out September 25th).

Shelf Life interviews Molly Ringwald about her new novel-in-stories, When It Happens to You.

I was skeptical when I heard you were writing a novel, but it's actually good. How frustrating is it to deal with preconceptions?

[Laughs] I'm pretty used to it by now. I mean, yeah, it's kind of insulting, but then I try to step outside of it and think how I would respond, and it’s true that there's not too many actresses who write literary fiction. I would say expectations are sort of low, but I feel like the work speaks for itself. I'm pretty proud of the book.

Win two popsicle cookbooks, Paletas and People's Pops, 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 albums from artists on tour this year.

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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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