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September 10, 2012

Shorties (Stream the New Grizzly Bear Album at NPR, D.T. Max on David Foster Wallace, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Grizzly Bear album, Shields (out September 18th).


The Millions interviews D.T. Max about his new book, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.


NPR is streaming Aimee Mann's new album, Charmer (out September 18th).


Michael Chabon talks to All Things Considered about his new novel, Telegraph Avenue.

On constructing a sentence

"Sentences are the purest, simplest, most pleasurable part of writing for me. And it's the part that comes the easiest to me. It is frequently the case that I, as I am sitting and writing ... the harbinger of the sentence kind of begins to occur to me in a sort of empty, rhythmic form that has no real meaning yet ... And, you know, instantaneously afterwords, the sense of the sentence fills in that empty vessel and I'm just struggling to kind of keep up with it and get it down. But there are plenty of other times where I am just really working and working and working and working and ... I trample on that initial, beautiful, mystical sentence that emerged ... and I have to try to keep fixing it and tinkering with it. And, you know, I love that aspect of it: the shaping of sentences, the crafting of sentences, that's the fun part of writing for me."

Chabon also talks to BrowBeat and

The Buffalo News and A.V. Club review the novel.


Animal Collective visits World Cafe for a live performance.


Neil Tennant talks to All Things Considered and PopMatters about the new Pet Shop Boys album, Elysium.


Morning Edition interviews Hanna Rosin about her new book The End of Men: And the Rise of Women.


NPR is streaming the new Dinosaur Jr album, I Bet on Sky (out September 18th).


Harper's interviews Joshua Cohen about his new short fiction collection, Four New Messages.

1. Your new story collection is called Four New Messages. How is a message different from a story?

The title was meant to evoke the Internet: You've got mail! I was thinking about messages that can be very personal, or very impersonal, but both processed and presented in the same way, using the same template. Letters received from different grandparents, they look different, parents’ voices sound different, but all my friends write to me nowadays in Times New Roman 12-point. With standardization of presentation comes standardization of expression. This, to me, is one meaning of message.


Drowned in Sound interviews LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.


BookTrust interviews interviews Libba Bray about her new novel The Diviners.

We hear that The Diviners has been picked up for the big screen! How do you feel about the idea of the book becoming a movie - and do you have any thoughts on who your ideal cast might be?

It’s exciting, isn’t it? I have no idea if it will ever actually become a movie, but fingers crossed.

As for an ideal cast, I always want to cast Bill Murray and Bruce Campbell in every role. That’s probably why I shouldn’t be part of the casting process.


The New York Times points out the need for outdoor concert safety standards.


Win two books by Nick Hornby (More Baths Less Talking and Fever Pitch) 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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