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May 18, 2013

Shorties (The New Daft Punk Album, The Top 25 Horror Novels for Young Adults, and more)

Spotify is now streaming the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories (out May 21st).

The Guardian reviews the album.

Urban Titan lists the top 25 horror novels for young adults.

At the New Yorker, authors weigh in on the importance of likeability of characters in fiction.

Two writers debate whether the Smiths were the best or worst band in the past 30 years at the Telegraph.

Flavorwire lists 10 of the greatest Cold war spy novels.

Rolling Stone asks, "What is the best summer song?"

Hilary Mantel shares her reading habits with the New York Times.

Yo la Tengo frontman Ira Kaplan talks to the Denver Post about the band's approach to recording.

Author Elliott Holt lists her six favorite books about expatriates at NPR Books.

Indie band ANAMANAGUCHI fielded questions from the Reddit community.

Zola Books interviews James Renner about his novel The Man from Primrose Lane.

Norman Lock discusses his favorite short story at Flavorwire.

Katie Shelly talks to The Salt about her forthcoming illustrated cookbook, Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat..

The Thermals visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Weekend Edition interviews Colin Broderick about his new memoir, That's That.

"When I started writing That's That, I thought it was just a story about my childhood. And two years in, I realized — and I thought it was only going to take me two years — but two years in I realized it's not just my story that I'm telling. And I think the book itself, it's about personal narrative, it's the story of a family, it's the story of a son and a mother, but it's also a story of Northern Ireland."

Read an excerpt from the book.

Morning Edition profiles singer-songwriter Sam Amidon.

Shape-note singing is a communal form of music that began in New England 200 years ago, mostly from townsfolk without any musical training. It's music that surrounded folk singer during his childhood in Vermont.

Five English scholars weigh in on the latest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby at The Millions.

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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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