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September 26, 2012

Shorties (The Economics of Spotify for Musicians, An Excerpt of the New Dennis Lehane Novel, and more)

Morning Edition delves into the economic returns of Spotify for musicians.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Dennis Lehane's new novel Live By Night.

PopMatters interviews Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers about his new album, Heat Lightning in the Distance.

Time interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats about his new album, Transcendental Youth (out October 2nd).

In some ways, the album's gloomy undercurrents are due to Darnielle's admitted cantankerousness. While he writes his songs spontaneously, he adamantly refuses to cave into the happy glow that infuses a lot of post-partum rock albums penned after singers become parents. "Part of it is just that I'm ornery. A lot of singer-songwriters have a baby then suddenly they start singing about all the promise of life and all that, a subject they have never once before addressed or even found remotely interesting," Darnielle explained, laughingly. "This is sort of like a guy who has just lost his virginity and is suddenly writing the sex album. No, you’re not ready to write that record yet." he added. "A new parenting album is something I really had an opposition to making and people of course were saying [speaking in a gruff voice] 'You’re going to write songs about how much you love your son,' and I was like two middle fingers in the air, no, I'm not."

Full Stop reviews Karolina Waclawiak's debut novel How to Get into the Twin Palms.

Flavorwire shares a brief history of controversy-courting band names.

Page Views recommends clothes with literary inspirations.

Ariel Pink creates an adult-themed mixtape for the A.V. Club.

The Bookseller reports that a new Harry Potter children's novel from J.K. Rowling is likely.

Best Coast performs on World Cafe.

Drowned in Sound is assembling the "ultimate electronic music playlist."

NPR offers an excerpt from Emma Straub's debut novel Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures.

The Bleader wraps up its interview with Pink Floyd album cover designer Storm Thorgerson.

Fresh Air interviews Charles Rowan Beye about his new memoir, My Husband and My Wives: A Gay Man's Odyssey.

Making your "best albums of 2012" list? Check out Metacritic and Album of the Year's aggregated critical lists.

Win Shani Boianjiu's debut novel The People of Forever Are Not Afraid 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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