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April 17, 2013

Shorties (Game of Thrones' Use of Indie Music, A Map of Literary Los Angeles, and more)

Wired examines the use of indie music on Game of Thrones.

Still, combining a world of warring kingdoms and dragons with music from acts that would seem at home at Coachella is risky business. Consider the Hold Steady’s version of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," which followed a very shocking and abrupt turn at the end of last night's episode. Depending on who you ask, its placement was either part of "one of the best cut-to-credits in recent memory" or "WTF," but overall reaction to the song has been relatively positive. It was no doubt emotionally and tonally jarring — especially considering the gruesome be-handing of Jaime Lannister that preceded it — but in a way that made you question whether that was intentional.


A map of literary L.A.


PopMatters interviews Kevin Drew about the 10 years of his record label, Arts and Crafts.


The Other People podcast interviews author Michelle Orange.


Lady Lamb the Beekeeper visits World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding, recommends sports novels at Five Books.


On sale for $5 today at Amazon MP3: the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album Mosquito.


The Telegraph, Page Views, and GQ review Granta's choices for the 20 most promising British novelists under 40.

One of the list's judges discusses the experience.


Phosphorescent's Matthew Hauck visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The Women's Prize for Fiction has announced its 2013 shortlist.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributors A.M. Homes and Maria Semple.


Paste lists the 10 best Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs.


Fresh Air interviews Kathryn Joyce about her new book The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption.


Pitchfork is streaming Junip's self-titled album (out April 23rd).


Flavorwire has authors and editors share their stories about the classic children's book The Little Prince.


Drowned in Sound profiles the band Phoenix.

Stream their new album, Bankrupt!, at iTunes.


Word and Film interviews the director of the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children.


Stream Young Galaxy's new album, Ultramarine (out April 23rd).


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


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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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