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January 30, 2013

Shorties (Thom Yorke on the New Atoms for Peace Album, A Film Adaptation of Guy Delisle's Pyongyang, and more)

Thom Yorke talks to All Songs Considered about the new Atoms for Peace album Amok (out February 26th).

Empire reports that Guy Delisle's graphic memoir Pyongyang: A Journey In North Korea is being adapted into a film.

Pitchfork is streaming the new Veronica Falls album, Waiting for Something to Happen (out February 12th).

Jacket Copy recommends literary names for every NFL team.

Spinner interviews Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery about streaming music royalties.

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Herman Koch's new novel The Dinner.

Thao Nguyen talks to Exclaim! about recording a song with Joanna Newsom for her new album, We the Common (out February 5th).

A highlight for Nguyen on the album is "Kindness Be Conceived," an Americana acoustic strummer led by harmonies by Thao and folk harpist Joanna Newsom. "When I wrote the song, it had a very country, Appalachian vibe which I really wanted and I knew I wanted strong harmonies," Nguyen says of the song. After meeting Newsom at a songwriters retreat, she asked her to sing on the track and she immediately agreed. "I thought Joanna's voice would sound amazing on it. She has an amazing ear for harmony and that style of music so she did a fantastic job."

Author Laurel Snyder talks children's books with Publishers Weekly.

Morning Edition examines the recent postal rate increase's effect on small record labels.

The Guardian examines what Hilary Mantel's Costa prize win says about the state of British literature.

Hilary Mantel's success with Bring Up the Bodies , the second volume of a projected trilogy devoted to the life and times of Henry VIII's chancellor Thomas Cromwell, marks an unprecedented grand slam: Booker followed by Costa, with the Women's Prize for Fiction beckoning. It's an outcome that says a lot about the Costa prize, even more about the hard times in which Bring Up the Bodies has been published, but perhaps most of all about British literary culture in the age of the Kindle.

Tegan and Sara's new album Heartthrob is on sale for $5 today at Amazon MP3.

Win two of 2013's best books so far, Nicole Georges' graphic novel Calling Dr. Laura and Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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
The list of online "best of 2012" music 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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