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June 2, 2013

Shorties (Stephin Merritt on the New Future Bible Heroes Album, Summer Reading Recommended by TED Speakers, and more)

Salon interviews Stephin Merritt about the new Future Bible Heroes album, Partygoing.

TED speakers offer summer reading suggestions.

The Daily Beast interviews Nick Clegg of Mother Falcon about the band as a music collective.

Do you have to turn people away who want to join at this point?

As of now we've sort of capped our roster. It started out as a quartet in high school. The story is that I walked across the street and saw this guy playing accordion and asked him to play at the Texas Review and he just joined and completely changed our band. The first two years a lot of people were joining, but now it’s sort of solidified. Although we do host a summer camp.

Sheri Booker talks to All Things Considered about her new memoir, Nine Years Under, which covers her time working at a Baltimore funeral home.

All Things Considered profiles musician Alex Zhang Hungtai of Dirty Beaches.

Under the name Dirty Beaches, Hungtai makes washy, dreamy rock music that often feels nostalgic. Hungtai's whole last album was dedicated to his father; he was inspired after finding out his dad had been in a doo wop cover band during his youth in China.

Poet Mark Belair interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown.

On sale for $5 today at Amazon MP3: the 23-track Smiths' greatest hits album, The Sound of the Smiths.

A New York Times op-ed piece questions whether great literature makes us better people.

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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