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November 5, 2012

Shorties (An interview with Grimes' Claire Boucher, Carol Ann Duffy on Sylvia Plath, and more)

DIY interviews Claire Boucher of Grimes.

In terms of the image that you have and the music that you make, is it ever a concern that you might get buried in this 'quirky' tag?

I really don't like the quirky tag! I know! I think people think I'm really ditsy and out of it and weird, and stylish, or something? I think it's just one of those things where you see just a little bit of an artist.

I can understand that if you saw some of the little things that I'm doing, you might consider them to be vapid or pointless. Sometimes, I worry that my association with all of this Tumblr stuff… I don't even use Tumblr! I don't have a problem with that culture, but I think that people may think that what I'm doing is vapid and really fashion-orientated. I mean, I care about fashion but that's probably the least important aspect of what I'm doing.

In the Guardian, poet Carol Ann Duffy recounts her initial encounter with the works of Sylvia Plath.

PopMatters profiles the band Rangda.

All three members of Rangda—that’s Sun City Girls' Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny and free-jazz drumming legend Chris Corsano—have their own claims to "super-ness", at least in pure musical ability. Just check out Bishop's blur-speed, ethnically-tuned bouts of picking, Chasny's hallucinatory arcs of psychedelic folk, or Corsano's manic, chaotic yet totally-in-control percussive wizardry. Still all three palpably bristle when you bring up the term "super group".

The Brown Daily Herald interviews author Lois Lowry.

You're a prolific writer and have written in a variety of genres. How do you continue finding new ideas? How do you switch between genres so often?

If I just do the same kind of book all the time, I think I would get bored. Switching back and forth, and the fact that I'm able to do that, keeps me energized. I've done stuff that would fit into the category of historical novels, and "Number the Stars" is one of those. And then "The Giver" series is not really science fiction, but it's kind of a mix of fantasy and futuristic speculative fiction, so that's very different. And then there's realistic fiction. My mind goes back and forth. I always have lots of ideas — I just pluck out the one that’s going to be next. And right now I'm not working on anything. I'm in the middle of a number of personal crises. … So I'm not working on anything right now, but when I do, I just have to choose what idea I want to do next and which genre it will be in, and I can’t predict that at the moment.

Actor and comedian Chris Rock lists his favorite 25 albums.

The November issue of Bookslut is online, and contains interviews with Mark Z. Danielewski, Dinty W. Moore, and much more.

Steven Tyler talks to Weekend Edition about Aerosmith's past and future.

This week Five Chapters is serializing a new short story by Kathleen Alcott.

NPR is streaming Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch's new album, The Mystery of Heaven (out November 13th).

Flavorwire lists 10 great authors we should stop pigeonholing.

The Guardian lists and discusses the 10 biggest selling singles in UK history.

Win Peter A. Carlin's new Bruce Springsteen biography Bruce and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday albums on sale for $5 each.

Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 33,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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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