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November 17, 2012

Shorties (Steve Albini on Cher's Song "Believe," Recommended Film Adaptations of Russian Novels, and more)

At the A.V. Club, musician and producer Steve Albini shares his dislike for Cher's song "Believe."

"Believe" is this horrible dance-pop song that Cher did in one of her many vampire-rising-from-its-own-ashes moments that she’s had so frequently in her career. It had one of these synthetic moments that I could tell instantly, that was going to be the go-to gimmick for everyone who was stuck for an idea. And that was the synthesized, pitch-modulated vocals that she used in the song "Believe." As soon as I was aware of that, I realized, "Oh yeah, you know that thing with Auto-Tune that people thought they were getting away with for the last few years? Here's their excuse to use it baldly and brazenly and not care if anyone notices." All those people who had been sneaking the odd note into Auto-Tune to try to hide the fact that they were bad singers, now they could embrace the fact that they were bad singers. That seemed inevitable, but when it finally happened, it seemed really depressing to me.

The Playlist recommends 10 film adaptations of Russian novels to ready you for the new Anna Karenina film.

The Joplin Globe recommends songs for your Thanksgiving playlist.

Flavorwire lists the greatest historical literary cameos in time-traveling television shows.

Soundcheck reviews Sufjan Stevens' new holiday box set, Silver and Gold.

Mick Jagger talks to All Things Considered about the Rolling Stones' anthemic song "Gimme Shelter."

Weekend Edition interviews city planner Jeff Speck about his new book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.

Hero Complex lists four writers who carry forward Ian Fleming's spy legacy.

Field Report, aka singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield, visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The A.V. Club interviews author Terry Pratchett.

The Guardian offers a guide to the characters in R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet video series.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists

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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