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August 27, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Cat Power Album, A New Short Story by T. Coraghessan Boyle, and more)

NPR is streaming Cat Power's new album, Sun (out September 4th).

The New Yorker features a new short story by T. Coraghessan Boyle.

American Songwriter interviews singer-songwriter Shannon Stephens.

Who are your songwriting heroes?

Right now, Gillian Welch, because she's Gillian Welch. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, because he seems to write from a place of such freedom. Greg Brown, because he'll write about anything and make it you care about it too. Bill Withers, because his songs are the perfect fusion of folk and soul.

Newsweek recommends 15 books to read this fall.

NPR is streaming the new Stars album, The North.

Electric Literature shares a short story by Peter Stamm.

Fast Company notes Yeasayer's extensive visuals for their small-venue performances.

“People have probably been expecting to see huge visuals at concerts for ages, especially with stadium shows. What I like is this idea that maybe people might show up as much to see something visually and interesting as the band on a smaller level,” Creative Director Ciel Hunter tells us. "Projects like this show that you can be innovative on any level, it doesn't just have to be arena shows where the most exciting things are happening. I think it's really exciting to see what happens when more people are working with it and being more adventurous with it."

Flavorwire lists the most underrated guitarists in rock and roll.

Lifehacker explains how to easily create a searchable catalog of your bookshelf by just snapping a picture and importing that into Evernote.

The Arizona Daily Wildcat lists "feel-bad indie songs for the uninformed."

Flavorwire ranks literary devils by their relative fearsomeness.

The Rumpus interviews Lauren Groff about her latest novel Arcadia.

NPR is streaming Deerhoof's new album, Breakup Song (out September 4th).

Ken Perenyi talks to All Things Considered about his new memoir, Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Forger.

NPR is streaming the new Animal Collective album, Centipede Hz (out September 4th).

The New York Times interviews the founding and current editors of the Norton Anthology.

All Things Considered interviews The Avett Brothers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education examines the rise in popularity of Ayn Rand's writing.

Stream Those Darlins' cover of Iggy Pop's "Repo Man" from American Laundromat Records' A Tribute to Repo Man album (out September 18th).

Win the paperback edition of Haruki Murakami's latest novel 1Q84 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has over 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: 37 children's music 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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