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February 23, 2013

Shorties (Two EELS In-Studio Performances, The Oddest Book Titles of the Year, and more)

The band EELS visits The Current and Morning Becomes Eclectic for interviews and live performances.

The Guardian shares the shortlist for the Diagram prize, which honors the oddest book title of the year.

Library Journal interviews Matt Bell about his forthcoming novel, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods.

Spin points out an academic paper on the science behind mosh pits.

Cornell University has published an academic paper on mosh pits that compares the phenomenon to the "kinetics of gaseous particles," which certainly can be a concern in large crowds. The four-page document titled Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts can be read in full via the college's online library and in chock full of mathematical formulae, esoteric charts and physics citations.

At Zola Books, author Phil Hanrahan recommends six football books to tide you over until fall.

The Guardian shares a slideshow of the new Royal Mail Jane Austen stamps.

Camper Van Beethoven visits World Cafe for a live performance.

The New York Public Library recommends YA fiction set in Nazi-occupied France.

Billboard interviews singer-songwriter John Vanderslice about crowdfunding his two albums this year.

You've worked with a number of indie labels, most recently Dead Oceans. What was your experience like with them that made you want to shift over to doing it yourself?

I was very lucky, I was on two extremely good labels, I was on Barsuk when Death Cab [For Cutie] was selling a million records. That was an unbelievable experience. Death Cab and Barsuk created a family and an energy that was very unusual for labels. Dead Oceans is a fantastic label. I don't know what happened to me, but I woke up about three months and I knew that I had to start my own label. It had nothing to do with Dead Oceans, they were really respectful and really good to me the whole time I was with them. But I knew to stay inspired and make it dangerous again, I had to go and be on my own. I knew it would help me make weirder, more committed and unusual music. And nothing about Dead Oceans was holding me back, but when you're doing stuff on your own, you're off the reservation. I knew that I would be able to make a David Bowie cover record without asking anybody, I knew that I would be able to put out rarities stuff without asking anybody.

The Quietus interviews Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara.

The finalists for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were named.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors Jami Attenberg, Lauren Groff, Lydia Millet, Leela Corman, Nick Harkaway, David Abrams, and Matthew Quick.

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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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