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April 29, 2013

Shorties (Author Lauren Beukes Profiled, Amanda Palmer Wants to Help Morrissey Self-Release an Album, and more)

The Guardian profiles author Lauren Beukes.

"She looks angelic. Appearances can be deceptive. This is South African author Lauren Beukes, and she's written a brilliant but brutal sci-fi thriller about a time-travelling serial killer. It should be the book of the summer."


Amanda Palmer has offered to help crowdsource Morrissey's next album.


Author Amy Shearn interviews herself at The Nervous Breakdown.


PopMatters interviews Tobin Sprout of Guided By Voices.

His voice aside, Sprout's songs have always had their own distinct character within the wider body of Guided by Voices' work. His lyrics have a kind of earnest, dark whimsy to them that often plays interestingly off his singing. His lyrics are generally abstract or surreal, hard to pin down, more about creating a mood or playing with interesting imagery than necessarily reflecting personal experiences or expressing emotions. "I write a lot of lyrics from a distance, in images," he says. "Maybe like a painting."

DIY reviews the band's new album, English Little League (out April 30th).


Rod Dreher talks to Morning Edition about his new book The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life.


SPIN lists the 8 essentials of the "fake new wave feeding frenzy" in music from 1979-1982.


All Things Considered interviews Omid Memarian about the political cartoon scene in Iran.


Soundcheck streams a live show by Iggy and the Stooges.


Tablet reviews Mark Cohen's new biography of folk singer Allan Sherman, Overweight Sensation.


The A.V. Club interviews Joe Hill about his new novel NOS4A2 and writing comics.


The Rumpus interviews Icelandic singer-songwriter Olof Arnalds.


Win George Jones' autobiography 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.


Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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