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September 28, 2012

Shorties (A Guide to Baseball Fiction, The Best Prince Songs You Have Never Heard, and more)

The A.V. Club shares a guide to baseball fiction.

Matt Thorne, author of the new biography Prince: A Celebration, lists the 20of the best songs by the singer-songwriter you have never heard at the Guardian.

Inland Empire Weekly profiles Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

The Huffington Post interviews Scott Hutchins, author of the novel, A Working Theory of Love.

San Francisco plays such an important role in your book. Did you do this on purpose?

Kind of like my main character, this is the scene of my adult life. I was interested in looking at what life is like here, the little daily observations I was making, and finding a way to weave that into something. San Francisco is the most abstract, aspirational place that I can think of. I definitely wrote about it on purpose; I didn't just stumble into the setting.

Rolling Stone has news of Neil Young's new portable music player and music download service, both due in 2013.

Beginning next year, Pono will release a line of portable players, a music-download service and digital-to-analog conversion technology intended to present songs as they first sound during studio recording sessions. In his book out this week, Waging Heavy Peace, Young writes that Pono will help unite record companies with cloud storage "to save the sound of music."

At Publishers Weekly, Antoine Wilson lists the top 10 narrators in literature.

PopMatters previews October's music releases.

Japan Real Time covers Haruki Murakami's recent essay on Japanese territory disputes.

The Head and the Heart visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The New York Times interviews author Michael Chabon.

Andy Bell talks about the Ride reunion with Drowned in Sound.

DiS: Bearing in mind the obvious impact of Ride's music today, I guess the final question has to be do you ever see the four of you getting back together and playing one more time?

Andy Bell: Well, never say never. We're good friends now. We get together once a year and just have a few pints and whatever. We're all pretty busy with what we're doing, but personally, it would be a shame if we never got to play those songs one more time.

Cartoonists Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez sit in as guest DJs at Alt.Latino.

Morning Edition talks to musicians about their royalties from YouTube videos.

OK Go was a little-known band until it released a video shot in lead singer Damian Kulash's backyard. The band's videos have been viewed upwards of 200 million times, according to their manager, Jamie Kitman. He says he can't reveal how much the band made, but, he says, "If that was your only source of revenue, you know, it would be time not only to not quit your day job but time to get a night job to supplement it."

Fresh Air interviews Frances Ashcroft about her new book, The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body.

Pitchfork interviews Corin Tucker.

Best Thing I've Done at All Over the Past Year

This new record, I feel excited about it. ["Groundhog Day"] is a very specific, direct, concrete political song. Over the past year or so, hearing about how women's reproductive rights are being rolled back in so many states made me really outraged. After all this time, the same hostilities and discussions happen over and over. We're caught in the same circle.

Win Shani Boianjiu's debut novel The People of Forever Are Not Afraid and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 300 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.

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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)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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