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December 7, 2008

Shorties (Animal Collective, Over the Rhine, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include the Washington Post's best books, the New York Times' notable crime fiction, and the Times Online's best sci-fi/fantasy books.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Womanfolk's top albums, the Observer Music Monthly's best songs, and Sasha Frere-Jones' best albums & songs.

Billboard offers five "easy" steps to stop online music leaks.

Shelf Life interviews author Ann Patchett about book tours.

I loved the article you wrote for The Atlantic about book tours, and the point you make about people coming to see you about the previous book, not the one you're out promoting. Another piece of the puzzle must be that you yourself are already thinking about the next book. What kind of challenge does that present for you?

"It doesn't, because I think that what a lot of people don't understand is that when you do a book event, it's a performance. It's really much more about acting than it is about writing. And I don't mean it's about being false, but you know what I'm thinking is, 'I'm here and I want to put on a really good program.' But I'm not learning about writing, I'm not thinking through my craft, I'm not developing ideas for new books or coming to terms with old books."

Animal Collective's Dave "Avey Tare" Portner talks to Billboard.

Instead of drawing on direct influences, Animal Collective makes albums with a connection to places in mind. "We usually try to connect to outdoor environments, and there was something about this that was harking back to the time where we would be outside, in backyards, listening to music on a boombox," Portner says. "Because that's how we really grew up and got attached to listening to music together."

Washington Post book critic Michale Dirda hands down the 10 commandments of book giving.

The Los Angeles Times profiles Over the Rhine.

The music of Over the Rhine, which takes its name from the Ohio River town, invites conversation through the incisive lyrics Detweiler and Bergquist write and their inspired blend of rootsy Americana music, attention to craftsmanship, offbeat subject matter and forthright philosophy.

Narrative Magazine offers an excerpt from Maud Newton's forthcoming novel.

IGN lists the best doom metal bands.

Tampa Calling lists 10 depressing Christmas songs.

Ryan Adams talks of his prolific recorded output with the Sunday Star-Times.

"Well, I've always put out a lot of records because for me they're just a starting point, then those songs grow over the years as we play live," he says. "The songs on the records are just the first chapters in a book that's still being written, and you know, a creative person has to do their thing without taking too much notice of critics. If I listened to music critics, I'd be making sad country records all my life, but sometimes this band wants to sound like The Stones or Grateful Dead or Oasis instead, so that's what we do."

The Minneapolis Star Tribune interviews Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher.

The Times Online examines the life of author Roberto Bolano.

Actor/comedian Richard Belzer talks to NPR's Weekend Edition about his debut novel, I Am Not a Cop. is giving away a free mp3 of a Christmas song for every day of December, unveiling a new one every morning.

Daytrotter has started sharing in-studio performances seven days a week...Check out the Saturday session featuring The Swimmers, and Sunday's session features Brazos.

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of O'Death's Friday evening NYC performance.

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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