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August 16, 2012

Shorties (The Lumineers, An Interview with John Irving, and more)

The Nashville Scene profiles the Lumineers.

The directness and lack of clutter — plus the way the easygoing arrangements and Schultz's whimsical lyric-writing suggest they don't take themselves nearly as seriously as their acoustic kindred Mumford and Sons — is pretty representative of the 11 winning tracks on the album.

Bookworm interviews John Irving about his latest novel, In One Person.

Molly Ringwald talks to Artsbeat about her new novel, When It Happens to You.

The Georgia Straight profiles Teengirl Fantasy.

No one enjoys being pigeonholed, and the Brooklyn-based production team known as Teengirl Fantasy is no exception to that rule. That, of course, hasn't stopped critics from trying. Even though "hipster house" might be the most idiotic musical term to come along since steampunk, the duo of Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi have found themselves saddled with it on more than one occasion.

Flavorwire lists 10 internet music sensations that are actually worth your time.

Comic legend Stan Lee answered questions on Reddit.

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter Rhett Miller.

NPR excerpts from Chase Novak's new novel Breed.

Amanda Palmer talks to about how Twitter has changed the music scene.

The New York Times examines the "joys and hazards" of self-publishing your work on the internet.

Drowned in Sound polled its members for their 101 favorite albums.

The New York Times profiles author Maria Semple.

The Guardian gathers praise from musicians and artists for John Cage on his centenary.

The Millions offers tips for writers pitching their books to literary agents.

Drowned in Sound lists the top 10 girl bands of all time.

The Other People podcast interviews author Steve Roggenbuck.

The band Yeasayer has put together a playlist of their favorite music videos.

Win my two favorite cookbooks, Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate, this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 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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