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February 3, 2013

Shorties (My Bloody Valentine's New Album, Cory Doctorow on Writing and Technology Activism, and more)

My Bloody Valentine released their first new album in 21 years last night, m b v. Stream the album.

The Quietus offers a track-by-track review.

The Oregonian interviews author Cory Doctorow.

Has your work as a technology activist affected your fiction, and vice versa?

Absolutely. The job of a science fiction writer is to use tales about the future to reflect on how technology is invisibly shaping the present. The job of an activist is to use technology to shape the present. These two tasks are so intimately related that I can't really separate them.

Talk of the Nation interviews Andy Carvin about his new book Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring, and a Journalism Revolution.

The New York Daily News notes the surge in vinyl album sales, especially to younger buyers.

Eddie Huang talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, Fresh Off the Boat.

On hip-hop culture's influence on him:

"A lot of it is about struggle ... and when they moved me to Florida it was very traumatic for me because going from a community with cousins and aunts and uncles and a lot of other Chinese people around ... when I went to Orlando I really got snapped on a lot. One summer my cousin played The Chronic from Dr. Dre for me ... [and] I really related to it. I couldn't keep fighting ... so I learned to box people verbally, and that's what I really related to with hip hop is the lyrical swordplay."

Flavorwire lists 10 musicians whose personal lives overshadowed their work.

Weekend Edition interviews Manil Suri about his new novel The City of Devi.

The Sunday Mail profiles Scottish band Django Django.

Zac Unger talks to All Things Considered about his new book Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye: A Family Field Trip to the Arctic's Edge in Search of Adventure, Truth, and Mini-Marshmallows.

The New York Times interviews My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James about scoring films and his musical inspirations.

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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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