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September 19, 2012

Shorties (Cyndi Lauper on Her New Memoir, Stream the New Frightened Rabbit EP, and more)

TIME interviews Cyndi Lauper about her new memoir.

How has the environment for female musicians changed since you started?

I don't know that it has. I went to [a concert at] Randall's Island to go see Matt & Kim and Snoop Dogg and some really wonderful deejays, and a girl came up to me and thanked me for my work. She was an African-African young woman who was in the industry, and she said "especially now"—and this really shocked me—"in the environment of all the rape music that’s so popular." I guess things will change, because if the young start to be inundated with one way they'll go completely the other. That’s just how it goes. That's one thing I learned from writing the book. Everything does go in a circle.

Stream the new Frightened Rabbit EP, State Hospital (out September 25th).

The A.V. Club lists 25 band names designed to confound editors and irritate copy editors.

Flavorwire lists 10 classic children's book series that deserve a reboot.

Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart of The Kills talk to Pop and Hiss about the book The Kills: Dream and Drive: Photographs by Kenneth Cappello.

"It kind of felt like those things were dying, and we were keeping them alive," Hince said of the pictures, home movies and the kind of music the Kills were making. "Those pictures had a certain aesthetic. There's a lot of grubby hotel rooms and pictures of trash and all the food. All my photos were of that kind of thing and pictures of us sound-checking in a room that looks like it was knocked together in a minute with a bunch of nails and a 4-by-2."

The Line of Best Fit profiles the band The Wooden Sky.

Morning Edition interviews Attica Locke about her new novel The Cutting Season.

PopMatters interviews Corin Tucker.

Talk of the Nation interviews Jean Marie Laskas about her new book, Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work.

Paste lists the greatest sets of musical siblings.

The Idaho Statesman notes that local libraries are expanding theur graphic novel collections due to growing demand from adults.

Hype Machine is streaming the new Ringo Deathstarr album, Mauve (out September 25th).

Actor Andrew McCarthy talks to USA Today about his new book, The Long Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down.

Kirkus Reviews recommends science fiction books to read along with your children.

Win Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue 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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