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August 7, 2012

Shorties (Yeasayer, Dresses Inspired by Classic Books, and more)

Metro profiles the band Yeasayer.

The buzz that surrounded their debut album (2007's surreally rootsy All Hour Cymbals) was mingled with intrigue. Yeasayer's songs are restless, magnetic affairs, driven by exotic percussion and Keating's contorted vocal harmonies, which rarely take the routes you'd predict.

The Huffington Post offers a slideshow of dresses inspired by high school required reading.

am New York interviews singer-songwriter M. Ward.

io9 lists 10 literary devices, and where you can find them in science fiction.

Healthland offers tips on building better running playlists.

The Guardian points out the London Literary Pub Crawl guided tour.

Sound of the City interviews Light in the Attic Records' Matt Sullivan about the label's latest compilation, Country Funk, 1969-1975.

Donald Barlett and James B. Steele talk to Morning Edition about their new book, The Betrayal of the American Dream.

PopMatters remembers Bill Doss of the Olivia Tremor Control, The Sunshine Fix, and Apples in Stereo.

This past weekend I shared links to shows by all three bands in remembrance of this respected musician.

Anthony Everitt talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire.

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album

The Millions explores the problem with modern sportswriting.

PopMatters explains why Jay-Z is the most important person in hip hop history.

NPR Books has posted the results of its 100 best-ever teen novels readers poll.

Stereogum lists Dinosaur Jr albums from worst to best.

The Millions lists literary Tumblrs.

At Powell's Blog, Adam Brent Houghtaling discusses the book s that influenced his new book, This Will End in Tears: The Miserabilist Guide to Music.

At CarolineLeavitville, Meg Pokrass interviews Debora Jiang Stein about her book Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus: Inside the World of a Woman Born in Prison.

Israeli singer-songwriter Efrat Ben Zur's new album Robin is based on a collection of Emily Dickinson poems.

Win two popsicle cookbooks, Paletas and People's Pops, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

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

Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99: 25 hip hop albums.

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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