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July 16, 2013

Shorties (25 Years of Sub Pop Records, Summer Reading Suggestions, Cassette Store Day, and more)

The Record looks back on 25 years of Sub Pop Records.

As I write about the spirit of Sub Pop and the regionally loyal but globally aspirational bohemian community with which it's vitally engaged, my thoughts keep landing between those contrasting images of exaltation and good-humored humility. The ability to bounce between those two poles is what's kept Sub Pop relevant for a quarter century. It's also, I think, what increasingly defines the "alternative" lifestyle today, not only in the Pacific Northwest but within many thriving regional scenes.

Brooklyn Based offers summer reading recommendations.

September 7, 3013 is officially Cassette Store Day worldwide.

PandoDaily examines streaming music service Pandora's royalty payments to songwriters.

The judges have been named for the inaugural Folio Prize: Michael Chabon, Sarah Hall, Nam Le and Pankaj Mishra, chaired by Lavinia Greenlaw.

All Songs Considered asks its readers, "What music will you be nostalgic for in 20 years?". recommends humorous science fiction novels.

Dial 252-64-DPLAN to hear a new Dismemberment Plan song.

Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess explains why he started his own record label at Drowned in Sound.

The Philly Post recommends books for summer reading.

Playwright Alann Bennett discusses his latest play with the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Frank Turner.

Afrofuturism lists Afrofuturistic literature.

Drowned in Sound offers a track-by-track review of the new album by Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up Ghost.

Authors write about their favorite streets in literature at Flavorwire.

Paste lists the 15 best fan-made Radiohead videos.

Teddy Wayne interviews Adelle Waldman about her new novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. at GQ.

GQ: What inspired you to write this novel, and more specifically, to write from a male perspective?

Adelle Waldman: As a woman, I've spent a lot of time analyzing the perplexing behavior of men I dated, and talking to my female friends about the men they dated. Sometimes, I felt I had some insight into these guys' motivations that they themselves did not. I also think some books by male writers tend to give their protagonists a pass for how they treat women. I wanted to offer up a sort of corrective, a novel that would be both fair and unsparing in its portrayal of the male protagonist.

Rap Genius shares an autobiographical comic co-written by Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets.

Win Chuck Klosterman's new book and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest a 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)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
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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