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June 17, 2013

Shorties (A Whisky and Poetry Reading Series, Stream New Albums by Mavis Staples and Smith Westerns, and more)

Hometown Pasadena profiles the Los Angeles reading series, the Whisky & Poetry Salon.

Every two months, Salon attendees bring a poem, original or not, and read it in a candlelit loft surrounded by 30-40 whisky and poetry aficionados. In return, they get a flight of fine whiskies with tasting notes and history.

NPR Music is streaming the new Jeff Tweedy-produced Mavis Staples album, One True Vine.

Author and critic Carl Wilson talks about his bookshelves at Hazlitt.

Pitchfork follows two members of Pussy Riot as they tour New York City.

Letterology shares 60 years of 1984 book covers.

NPR Music is streaming the new Smith Westerns album, Soft Will.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats discusses novel writing with NUVO.

In addition to music, Darnielle is currently working on a novel (his second). He says work on the novel is necessarily different from his lyric writing.

"Writing longer things takes more focus, requires bigger vistas."

Obviously, writing a novel takes more time than a three-minute pop song. Asked if this more extended process ever chafes with his rapid-fire songwriting instincts, he says it's not an issue.

"I would have to be pretty naïve to think that I could build a ship using the same tools I'd use for whittling a spear point. ... If you've gotten good at whittling spear points and you say, 'Cool, I'll make a ship, I'll do it exactly like I do the spear points because I enjoy that process,' then your focus is all messed up.

Drowned in Sound debates Radiohead's Hail to the Thief album as it turns 10.

NoiseTrade now offers free and legal downloads of audiobooks as well as music.

On sale for $2.99 today at Amazon MP3: the 101-track The Essential Blues Album compilation.

Morning Edition profiles author Stuart Neville.

The A.V. Club lists 26 songs about Superman.

Win Hilary Mantel's novels Bring Up the Bodies and Wolf Hall 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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