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March 5, 2013

Shorties (Van Dyke Parks on His First Album in 24 Years, Writing by Great Untranslated Spanish Writers, and more)

MTV Hive interviews Van Dyke Parks about his first album of new music in 24 years.


The March issue of Words Without Borders features writing by great untranslated writers of Spain.


Sufjan Stevens shared an early demo of his song "Casimir Pulaski Day."


CBC Radio interviews Andrew Preston, who won Canada's Charles Taylor Prize for nonfiction with his book Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy.


Members of Efterklang talk to Morning Edition about turning a deserted town into a recording studio.


Metro.co.uk interviews author A.L. Kennedy.

You moonlight as a stand-up comedian. Are you joking when you say British publishing is 'floating belly-up in its own sad, poo-and-algae-filled bowl'?

The Net Book Agreement, which ended in 1997, fixed the price of books so bookshop chains and supermarkets couldn't insist they sell their products for a less-than-commercial rate. Now it's very hard for new writers to be published or to survive. Being independently wealthy is becoming essential for serious literary endeavour.


Vulture lists The Cosby Show's best musical moments.


Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt talks to Morning Edition about her battle with Alzheimer's and new memoir, To Sum It Up.


The A.V. Club recommends Metallica's 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.


Mark Russ Federman talks to Weekend Edition about his new memoir, Russ and Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House the Herring Built.


Ben Geier shares retro redesigns of seminal indie record labels.


Designer Yuko Kondo discusses the redesigned covers of Thomas Pynchon's backlist.


Musicians and comedians recall their first live performances at Paste.


Flavorwire shares self-portraits of famous authors.


Stream Impossible Truth, the new album from Lambchop's William Tyler, at Spin.


Win the new book Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built 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 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.


Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

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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