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April 15, 2013

Shorties (Nick Drake Remembered, Questlove's Forthcoming Memoir, and more)

Joe Boyd, producer of Nick Drake's first two album, discusses the iconic singer-songwriter with All Things Considered.


NPR Books interviews Questlove of The Roots about his forthcoming memoir Mo' Meta Blues.

It says on the back of your book that you have been known to "DJ damn near every night of [your] life." Don't you just want to sleep on some nights?

DJing is my cocaine — you gotta do something after the show to unwind. That's where debauchery comes from. I prefer to unwind by DJing. I learned that from from the Beastie Boys. After a show, he would DJ. Once I saw that, I wanted to do that. And now DJing is like my lifeline. I love the power it represents. Other DJs don't like it when people take their phones out to Shazam [an app that identifies songs]. I love Shazam. Every song I play, Shazam it! Now it's yours forever. Now you're wiser. I'll play "" by Sly, Slick and Wicked. That's the song Justin Timberlake's song "" is based off of. People hear that. Now Sly, Slick and Wicked have new fans. That's what makes people appreciate music. That's the role I want to play.


On sale for $2.99 today at Amazon MP3: Daft Punk's 14-track 2003 album Discovery.


PopMatters interviews author Hugh Howie about the success of his self-published Wool series.


Weekend Edition interviews Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs about the band's new album, Mosquito.


The Asahi Shimbun reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel.


NPR Music is streaming Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's new album Love Has Come for You (out April 23rd).


Approaching Shakespeare is a University of Oxford podcast lecture series.

Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it. Rather than providing overarching readings or interpretations, the series aims to show the variety of different ways we might understand Shakespeare, the kinds of evidence that might be used to strengthen our critical analysis, and, above all, the enjoyable and unavoidable fact that Shakespeare's plays tend to generate our questions rather than answer them.


Film director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) talks to Morning Edition about his memoir The Friedkin Connection.


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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