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June 4, 2013

Shorties (Crime Fiction as the New Punk Rock, Stream the New Surfer Blood Album, and more)

The Guardian compares noir fiction's effects on the publishing to that of punk rock's on the music industry.

Maybe the time has come to jettison the whole literary fiction cadre and seek another way. In 1976 punk did its best to kill the bloated dinosaurs of progressive rock – and although that revolution was largely a failure, for a few years it did tilt the centre of gravity away from soulless upper-class music made by the likes of Genesis, towards energetic working-class bands like Joy Division, the Sex Pistols, the Undertones and the Specials, and towards cities like Manchester, Derry and Coventry. Crime writing could have a similar effect on publishing.

NPR Music is streaming the new Surfer Blood album, Pythons (out June 11th).

Flavorwire recommends June's best new books.

iTunes is streaming the new Black Sabbath album.

All Things Considered interviews Mark Cohen about his new book, Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman.

"I think Sherman was a very interesting pop-culture figure, at a moment when ethnic identity was first blossoming in America in the postwar period," Cohen tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "We had had a long period of Americanization, and Sherman appeared just at the moment when that was beginning to end."

NPR Music is streaming the new Gold Panda album, Half of Where You Live (out June 11th).

Fresh Air interviews Alysia Abbott about her new book, Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father.

Flavorwire lists 20 great albums you can legally download for free.

USA Today previews summer books.

OK Go played a tiny desk concert at NPR Music.

Amitava Kumar interviews author Cheryl Strayed at Guernica.

Paste is now streaming the new John Vanderslice album, Dagger Beach (out June 11th).

Author Steve Almond (the original "Dear Sugar") has launched an new advice column at WBUR's Cognoscenti blog.

Win Tao Lin's new novel Taipei and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 55,000 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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