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September 23, 2012

Shorties (New Sufjan Stevens Christmas Songs, Current Nobel Prize for Literature Odds, and more)

Sufjan Stevens is streaming several new Christmas songs on Tumblr.

Current betting odds for the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature.

blogTO handicaps Canada's 2012 Polaris Music Prize.

The New York Times profiles Neil Young.

The Morning News interviews author Martin Amis.

Weekend Edition interviews Rickie Lee Jones about her new covers album The Devil You Know.

On reinterpreting other artists' songs

"When I started out, there was this kind of glamour associated with singer-songwriterdom that wasn't being given to just singers. So I think [I recorded the album] partially to remind people that a singer is the one who interprets the song. And once you do that, it's yours. To me, it doesn't make it more mine because I wrote it; it comes alive in the heart and voice of some other interpreter."

The Sydney Morning Herald and Philadelphia Inquirer review the new Michael Chabon novel Telegraph Avenue.

The Daredevil Christopher Wright visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The Guardian lists the top 10 17th century food books.

The Verge shares a history of dubstep.

Anthony Bourdain talks to the Mumbai Mirror about his graphic novel Get Jiro!.

This urge to tell things differently explains his latest experiment with comics. Having grown up collecting Marvel, MAD and Golden Age, Bourdain's fascination for graphic novels found its perfect foil in his obsession with food. "As a huge fan of Japanese samurai films like Yojimbo, and spaghetti westerns like A Fistful Of Dollars, I picked up elements while incorporating some cool action into Get Jiro!, which is a satire on the restaurant industry," says Bourdain, who has co-authored it with Joel Rose and artist Langdon Foss.

Drowned in Sound interviews Gary Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow.

Confess takes Lewis's songwriting to new levels of intrigue and possibility. Taking Forget out on the road with a band for the past few years has sharpened the writing and production, made the looseness more organic, the tightness more concise. Sonically, he’s also moved on from the late 70s textures of Forget. A heavy, heavy Arthur Russell/Prince vibe I’m feeling on Confess, George…

"To a massive extent, those two guys, who wanted always to make pop, have already inhabited my vision of the ideal artistic environment. Prince and Arthur Russell had this ability to just retreat into a magical world of sonics where they rule. They're a big influence on me."

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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