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April 6, 2013

Shorties (The Best Roger Ebert Shoutouts in Rap, Literary Beers, and more)

BuzzFeed lists the eight best Roger Ebert shoutouts in rap music.

Flavorwire lists literary beers.

Weekend Edition interviews poet Tracy K. Smith about why we need poetry.

The Guardian Books podcast interviews authors Mohsin Hamid and Jim Crace.

Andy McCluskey of OMD talks to the Herald Scotland about the band's new album, English Electric (out April 9th).

Rolling Stone also profiles the band.

The editors and judges of Granta's three "best of young British novelists" lists discuss their process with the Guardian.

The Telegraph profiles singer-songwriter John Denver.

Digital Book World examines Kobo's eBook partnership with indie bookstores.

According to the ABA, Kobo has helped indies sell more ebooks in its first month working with them late last year than Google did in more than two years in a similar partnership.

Pitchfork is streaming the new album by the Knife, Shaking the Habitual.

Mailbooks for Good is an Australian program that features books featuring self-mailing covers. Finish the book, then send it to a worthy cause. (via)

All Things Considered interviews British DJ Bonobo about his new album, The North Borders.

"There's all these places that you fly over, from Iceland [to] the northern territories of Canada, all these huge frozen expanses which I fly over regularly, and I never know what's down there," he says. "And I like the imagery of borders and moving away from traditional geographical fixings. The North Borders has that sort of nonnationalistic sound to it."

At Slate, Meg Wolitzer and her editor discuss the author's new novel The Interestings.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
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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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