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May 22, 2010

Shorties (More Books That Influenced Lost, Crystal Castles, and more)

Paste lists eight books that influenced the television series Lost.

The Guardian profiles Crystal Castles.

If "new rave" brought them to our attention, Crystal Castles have long since outlasted it. Masters of what has become known as 8-Bit, or Chiptune, Crystal Castles build brilliant records from sounds you might find down the back of a games console. To date, nearly 8 million have watched five different Crystal Castles videos on YouTube; this is a band so of the moment they've been on the soundtrack to Skins more often than a squeaking bedspring. They are this generation's chemical brother and sister.

Slate examines how Google's music streaming venture will "change the gadget and entertainment worlds forever."

Cool-Reads offers reviews by 10-15 year-old readers of books for 10-15 year old readers.

On sale at Amazon MP3: The National's 12-track Boxer album for $3.99.

NME reports that OMD is making its first new album in 24 years.

Daily Show writers Sam Means and Elliott Kalan are annotating a joke book from 1902 in the blog, The Annotated Conundrums.

Weekend Edition interviews Bettye Lavette about her new album, The British Rock Songbook.

Codex interviews cartoonist Dash Shaw.

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