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May 15, 2013

Shorties (Daft Punk, Translating Haruki Murakami, and more)

The Asahi Shimbun explores the process of publishing Haruki Murakami's new novel in English.

Gabriel said Murakami approached him late last year about translating the work.

He plans to complete the translation by the year-end, with publication expected in 2014.

"It is a very realistic book, like 'Norwegian Wood'," Gabriel said in an e-mail interview. "To me, it seems more serious, even somber, compared to some of his other novels, but one ultimately that is hopeful." examines Daft Punk's decision to stream its new album at iTunes.

...these links, which are seriously on just about any music, tech, or culture blog right now, will remain intact long after iTunes stops this free stream, which could happen at any time (probably the moment the album goes on sale next Tuesday, or Monday in the UK). They will live on for years, drawing curious listeners of the future to — where else — the iTunes purchase page for the record, which will then have only short samples of the songs, and of course the “buy” button.

The New York Times interviews the album's producer.

The Huffington Post shares trivia about the band.

Pitchfork profiles the band.

Author Benjamin Percy discusses his favorite literary passage at the Atlantic.

The most terrifying moment in any horror story is when a noise is heard—a noise behind a closet door; a noise heard in an attic, or the basement; a noise heard in a thicket of bushes; a noise heard deep in a cave—and a person pursues the sound. We always want to yell out: Don't go there. It's that moment of suspense, the second before the bogeyman is revealed, that is the most gripping. After the door opens, after we shine a flashlight on whatever awaits, the audience might laugh or scream but ultimately they feel relief. Because whatever is provided by the author or filmmaker is never as bad as what we imagine ourselves.

Cover Me shares a collection of covers of David Byrne songs.

SPIN is streaming the new Japanther album, Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart.

The Guardian examines the literary legacy of WG Sebald.

Rocks Off lists the most disappointing goth albums.

Fresh Air interviews Robert Caro about his series of Lyndon Johnson biographies.

Elle profiles singer-songwriter Pete Yorn's new band, The Olms.

George Saunders discusses his favorite short story at Flavorwire.

All Things Considered interviews Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig about the band's new album, Modern Vampires of the City.

Pop Candy lists its 25 favorite books from the past 25 years.

Flavorwire lists underrated Britpop songs.

Biographile lists recently published biographies of obscure inventors.

The A.V. Club wonders if oral histories are the best way to write about music eras and genres.

Bret Easton Ellis was interviewed by the Reddit community.

Win new novels by Jennifer Gilmore and Monica Drake plus a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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