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March 29, 2013

Shorties (Read an Excerpt from Kate Atkinson's New Novel, Stream the New British Sea Power Album, and more)

NPR Books shares an excerpt from Kate Atkinson's new novel Life After Life.


The Guardian is streaming British Sea Power's new album, Machineries of Joy (out April 2nd).


Haruki Murakami's new novel has set a pre-order record in Japan.


All Songs Considered examines the allure of acoustic recordings.

Truly "unplugged," unamplified performances serve the same purpose. They strip away what we see as smoke and mirrors to reveal a lot of essences — the essence of a voice, the essence of a melody, the essence of a song's sturdiness and versatility — while also applying a veneer of timelessness.


The Daily Beast interviews author Nathan Englander about his writing process.


PopMatters previews April's music releases.


Author David Mitchell recommends six books about Japan.


All Songs Considered lists 10 great "album art fake-outs."


Flavorwire lists 10 LGBT-themed novels every student should read.


The 2013 Lollapalooza lineup has allegedly leaked.


At The Review Review, Dan Chaon explains what writers can learn from rock stars.


The Hollywood Reporter' examines how Justin Timberlake's $20 million Live Nation deal forced him to record a new album.


The Space shares five short films about David Bowie, created for his current London photography and art exhibition.


Word and Film interviews the director of the documentary Philip Roth: Unmasked.


Win the six books featured in this week's Book Notes feature and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.


Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 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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