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September 14, 2012

Shorties (Stream Jonny Greenwood's Soundtrack for The Master, A List of Books to Impress Music Snobs, and more)

Paste is streaming Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack for The Master.

Flavorwire recommends 10 books to impress the music snob in your life.

Sub Altern interviews Junot Diaz about his new short story collection,

The A.V. Club suggests entry points into the shoegaze music genre.

The New Statesman examines the glut of new neuroscience books.

The Columbia Daily Tribune profiles and interviews Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

The Independent reviews D.T. Max's new book, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: a Life of David Foster Wallace.

PopMatters lists 20 of the best metal albums of 2012 (so far).

Newsday reviews Michael Chabon's new novel Telegraph Avenue.

The shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize has been named. In response, The Liminal has announced the shortlist for its Uranus Music Prize.

PopMatters profiles cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

Wondermark shares an overview of Victorian science fiction.

In his latest Swinging Modern Sounds column at The Rumpus, Rick Moody interviews Martha Davis of The Motels.

Rumpus: So maybe it was just sort of historical pressure that caused you to get slotted into Punk/New Wave.

Davis: We went through some strange things. We moved down to LA in '75. Dean was working at Warner Brothers, and he actually went to the finance department to get a loan. They asked, "What's it for?" And he said, "For a demo." They said, "You guys are ready to make a demo?" He goes, "Yeah, that's why I want the loan." So they paid for us to make a demo. I can't remember all of the songs. Anyway, we got passed on by Warner Brothers because we were too weird. And that was, like, six months before the industry decided that punk was in. Because the thing is we were railing against the California sound—Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles. We wanted something different, something edgy and weird. Punk hadn’t even happened yet here, so, we did this demo and they said, "No, sorry you're too weird." Then punk hit and then we were too melodic.

Talk of the Nation interviews Christopher Hutchens' widow about his posthumous essay collection Mortality.

The New Statesman reviews the book.

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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