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November 27, 2008

Shorties (NYT Notable Books, Clare and the Reasons, and more)

Confessions of a Would-Be Hipster has produced a holiday compilation, Plastic Snow. The $10 digital download features 16 DRM-free tracks, and 100% of the proceeds go to Midnight Mission, Los Angeles' longest running homeless shelter.

Great music for a great cause, plus you might find something to add to your holiday mixtape...

the tracklisting:

. breaking up for christmas - the breakups
2. Holiday – I Make This Sound
3. Icicles (Plastic Snow Session) – Let’s Go Sailing
4. Christmas Drill – Dreaming Ferns
5. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Earlimart
6. Shortest Day of the Year – Letting Up Despite Great Faults
7. The Last December – The Hectors
8. This King – Great Northern
9. As The Day Breaks – Carmen Rizzo
10. Christmas, California – The Sweet Hurt
11. Winter, That’s All – Fol Chen
12. Hot Sleigh – The Monolators
13. Christmas Break – The Dandelion Council
14. Where’s My Christmas Morning – Princeton
15. What Brings You Back (Plastic Snow Session) – Pierre de Reeder
16. Silent Night – Sara Lov & Dustin O'Halloran

The San Jose Mercury News has area musicians give thanks.

John Vanderslice, musician and Tiny Telephone Recording owner: "Echium and aloe blooming in November. The new Of Montreal and Lil Wayne records. 'Entourage' repeats on HBO. Homemade strawberry jam!"

Permanent Damage lists the 20 most significant comics in American comics history.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles shares photos of rock stars parents' homes (culled from the LIFE magazine photo archive).

Daytrotter shares an in-studio session by Jacob Golden.

Tucson Weekly profiles Clare and the Reasons.

The music of Clare and the Reasons recalls a time when sophisticated lyrics and arrangements ruled the pop charts, but it never feels retro or vintage.

Feeling nostalgic? Amazon is offering mp3 downloads of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas for $1.99.

The New York Times lists its 100 notable books of 2008.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has singer-songwriter Sebastian Grainger in the studio for an interview and performance.

The Arkansas Times interviews cartoonist Nate Powell, whose graphic novel Swallow Me Whole is one of the year's finest. The newspaper also profiles Powell.

Laundromatinee has Elf Power in the studio for a video session.

nyctaper shares mp3s of Rafter's recent New York performance.

Daytrotter features an in-studio session by Baby Teeth.

The Oxford American has posted a teaser page for its annual music issue (which this year includes 2 CDs and 55 songs).

The Futurist features some in-studio mp3s from the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's recent WOXY Lounge Act session.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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