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June 18, 2013

Shorties (Daft Punk Plays DJ, Recommended Shakespeare Biographies, and more)

The Daft Punk duo spins songs that inspired their latest album Random Access Memories at All Songs Considered.

Biographile recommends Shakespeare biographies.

LA Music Blog recommends indie running music.

The Guardian Architecture and Design blog reviews a show of artwork inspired by Hari Kunzru's novella Memory Palace.

On sale for $5 today at Amazon MP3: She and Him's Volume 3 album.

Talk of the Nation interviews cartoonist R. Crumb about his graphic novel The Book of Genesis Illustrated.

The A.V. Club interviews David Shwarts, composer for television shows Arrested Development, Deadwood, and Northern Exposure.

Fresh Air interviews Charles Glass about his book The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II.

Pitchfork gives the new Kanye West, Yeezus, album a 9.5.

All of these unlikely choices demonstrate how cohesion and bold intent are at a premium on Yeezus, perhaps more than any other Kanye album. Each fluorescent strike of noise, incongruous tempo flip, and warped vocal is bolted into its right place across the record's fast 40 minutes.

Tan Twan Eng has won the 2013 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction with his novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

NME reports that Jay-Z's new album will go platinum in advance of its release, due to one million copies bought by Samsung and given to its smartphone customers.

The Oxford American interviews author Chris Offutt.

JMR: Writer Tom Franklin feels you haven't gotten the credit you deserve as a Southern or rural writer. Do you think that's the case, and what would that acknowledgment mean to you?

CO: A) No writer gets the credit he or she deserves. B) Money, cars, women, moonshine. And a complete set of The Jetsons on DVD.

Flavorwire lists the 50 greatest summer albums of the past 50 years.

Paste recommends 20 books for summer reading.

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.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 2,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,300 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
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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