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August 31, 2012

Shorties (The Guardian First Book Award Longlist, Bloc Party, and more)

The longlist for the 2012 Guardian First Book Award has been announced.

Kele Okereke talks to Morning Edition about the new Bloc Party album, Four.

The Quietus offers an excerpt from the Kraftwerk biography Publikation.

The Washington Post examines Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's intersections with the world of rock music.

Alt.Latino lists quality alternative Latin record labels.

The A.V. Club interviews former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Corin Tucker.

Beyond the Margins lists fall literary festivals.

Drowned in Sound interviews musician Jon Spencer.

33 1/3 has announced the 18 books on classic albums they will publish in 2013 and 2014.

The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the discography of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

PopMatters excerpts from the book The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s.

Paste lists 23 paintings by musicians.

Book Riot lists 13 terrific bookish t-shirts.

Pitchfork lists five essential Cat Power videos.

Flavorwire lists 19th century writers who are more relevant today.

PopMatters previews September's new albums.

ArtsBeat reports that a theatrical adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's essay "House for sale" is headed to Off Broadway.

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 500 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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