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September 5, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Bob Dylan Album, D.T. Max on David Foster Wallace, and more)

iTunes is streaming the new Bob Dylan album, Tempest (out September 11th).


Salon interviews D.T. Max about his new book,

The New Yorker shares an excerpt from the book.


The Old Gold and Black interviews author Maya Angelou.

What advice would you have for young writers?

I would encourage young writers to read. Please read aloud. Go into a room, close the door, so you can hear how the language sounds. Read your own work and someone you admire. I'm a great admirer of Langston Hughes' poetry and that of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Virginia Woolf. When I was trying to form my own voice, my own melody, I would read aloud, and I found it did me so much good.


The Broward-Palm Beach New Times interviews Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch.

How has the idea of indie rock changed? When we were younger, it was like, you ran around looking for cool indie music, cassettes, records, and now it's like indie rock is such a broad term, captures so many things, and everything is available on the internet. What do you feel about that?

A big part of punk rock and indie rock was that it was rare. You'd go to the record store, and you'd see a weird album cover or a wicked band name, and it was just kind of exciting. The rarity made the stuff more valuable. When you have access to everything, it becomes a little less special.

Time Out New York lists 10 books sexier than Fifty Shades of Grey.


The Globe and Mail profiles indie supergroup Divine Fits.

So here comes Divine Fits, a so-called supergroup comprised of indie-rock stars Daniel (of Spoon) and Dan Boeckner (formerly of Montreal’s Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade), with Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks as drummer. The projections were mathematically outrageous – that one plus one plus one should equal something much more than three.


The Guardian and Washington Post review Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue.


Fresh Air interviews former Congressman Mickey Edwards about his new book, The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.


TechHive lists musical artists still unavailable on iTunes.


The Millions interviews author Tatjana Soli about her new novel The Forgetting Tree.


Pop Noise previews fall's album releases.


Yoram Hazony talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture.


Golau Glau's new album A New Kind of Bleak is a soundtrack to Owen Hatherly's book of the same name.


At the Guardian, author Simon Gough lists his top nine literary muses.


All Things Considered examines the emotional evolution of pop music over the years.


Stylist previews September's hot new books.


Win D.T. Max's new book Every Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace 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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