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December 27, 2008

Shorties (Bettye LaVette, Yo La Tengo, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include the Wall Street Journal's best books of the year.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include the Seattle Post Intelligencer's top albums and the Vulture's best hip-hop mixtapes.

The Muskegon Chronicle profiles singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette.

The New York Times examines the growing connection between music and licensing.

While people still love music enough to track it down, collect it, argue over it and judge their Facebook friends by it, many see no reason to pay for it. The emerging practical solution is to let music sell something else: a concert, a T-shirt, Web-site pop-up ads or a brand.

Readerville Journal has a series that points out "most coveted" book covers.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of Yo La Tengo's Christmas Eve performance.

Daytrotter's Saturday session features in-studio mp3s from Mostly Bears.

RIP, playwright Harold Pinter.

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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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