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April 20, 2012

Shorties (Record Store Day, Free Comic Book Day, and more)

Record Store Day is tomorrow.

All Songs Considered lists 13 reasons to visit your local record store day.

Paste and Flavorwire recommend albums you should buy on Record Store Day.

Free Comic Book Day is May 5th.

Neon Tommy interviews Lev Grossman about his books The Magicians and The Magician King.

Both you and John Green, whom you will be interviewing at the Festival, seem to write for the Harry Potter generation. What is it about that group of young people that is so compelling to you?

When I was a kid, there were either a lot fewer fantasy readers around, or maybe -- because we didn't have the Internet -- we just weren't aware of each other. Either way, thanks to Harry Potter now there's 10s of millions of us, all passionate readers who are into having stories told to them, and who have a whole shared set of cultural reference points. Who could resist writing for them? Not me.

TIME lists 10 controversial album covers.

The Guardian Children's Books blog lists the top 10 vampires in fiction and popular culture.

PopMatters lists its favorite record stores in the world.

At Flavorwire, authors pick their favorite stoner lit.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats plays four songs at the Paste office. lists the 10 best indie comics since Watchmen.

At The Record, one musician shares the memory of playing American bandstand.

Browbeat offers a history of modern popular music through interviews with Dick Clark.

The Telegraph offers 10 facts about Bram Stoker. The author of Dracula died 100 years ago today.

Talk of the Nation interviews Roger McGuinn of the Byrds about his quest to preserve folk music.

RIP, Levon Helm of The Band.

Win Jonathan Lethem's book on Talking Heads' Fear of Music album and a $100 Threadless Gift Certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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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)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists