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May 6, 2013

Shorties (Alternate-Universe Takes on The Great Gatsby, Built To Spill Albums Ranked, and more)

The A.V. Club lists nine alternate-universe takes on The Great Gatsby.


Stereogum ranks Built To Spill albums from worst to best.


PopMatters is streaming the new Orange Peels album, Sun Moon (out May 14th).


Author Joshua Henkin interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.


NPR Music is streaming the new Classixx album, Hanging Gardens (out May 14th).


The Rumpus interviews Ben Greenman about his new novel The Slippage.


At the Telegraph, author Victoria Glendinning recommends five gardening books.


PopMatters looks back on the Mars Volta discography.


A movement is growing to honor author Hunter S. Thompson as a Louisville native.


All Things Considered interviews Bill Cheng about his new novel, Southern Cross the Dog.

On the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

"It's a huge thing in blues music. You know, Charley Patton has the song 'High Water Everywhere.' John Lee Hooker has the song 'Tupelo.' It was a devastating flood, and it affected a lot of the local musicians and it went into their storytelling, went into their songs. And if you're going to write a book that comes from the blues, you can't start anywhere else, really."


NPR Music is streaming the new Eluvium album, Nightmare Ending (out May 14th).


Win Anthony Marra's debut novel and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
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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