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March 14, 2013

Shorties (The Couch by Couchwest Music Festival, Chip Kidd Book Covers, and more)

Couch by Couchwest is an online music festival for those of us not in Austin for SXSW this week.

A gallery of book covers designed by Chip Kidd.

TIME offers tips to stream and/or download music from this year's SXSW Music.

Claire Vaye Watkins won The Story Prize with her short fiction collection Battleborn.

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy talks modern music with The Age.

'I like the period when 'rock music' was a good-enough catch-all in terms of how to describe what you do,'' says Tweedy, the band's singer and songwriter. ''Within that, there was a willingness to go along for the ride and it could be anywhere. What it meant was you were doing something liberated and expressive in some way - and amplified. Now that's not good enough. There are countless subgenres. I still think that the goal should be to stake a claim to more territory for rock music as a whole.''

Bookworm interviews the first poet laureate of Los Angeles, Eloise Klein Healy.

All Songs Considered recaps day one of SXSW Music.

Tell Me More interviews Katherine Paterson about writing young adult novels.

Some critics have said Paterson's books tackle topics too serious for kids. "I think if a book has the power to move a reader, it also has the power to offend a reader. And you want your books to have power, so you just have to take what comes with that," she tells Martin.

Download a free 15-track sampler at Amazon MP3.

Fresh Air interviews Mohsin Hamid about his new book, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

Drowned in Sound interviews Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien.

Publishers Weekly profiles British comics publisher SelfMadeHero.

Although the company itself remains a small operation—three full-time staff, two part-time, plus an intern and several freelancers—SelfMadeHero's list has grown even more diverse, with the company licensing a number of foreign titles and publishing them in English for the first time. These include two books by acclaimed French creator David B. (Best of Enemies and Black Paths), When David Lost His Voice by Belgian Judith Vanistendael, and a pair by Swiss artist Frederik Peeters: Sandcastle, and Pachyderme (which includes an introduction by Moebius).

On sale today for $2.99 at Amazon MP3: Bob Dylan's classic Blonde on Blonde album.

Author Neal Pollack talks about self-publishing with the A.V. Club.

Paste lists the best David Bowie songs.

Win Kristopher Jansma's debut novel The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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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)

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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