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December 12, 2008

Shorties (Love Is All, Keith Gessen, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include two lists of comics & art books from Drawn!, the Seattle Times' best mystery books, and the ADD Blog's best comics & graphic novels.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Muzzle of Bees' favorite songs, Rolling Stone's best albums, and SPIN's best albums.

The Chicago Tribune profiles the Swedish band Love Is All.

The singer brings a lot of dark wit to her lyrics, and the band rips through the arrangements with joyous verve. This is a band with attention-deficit syndrome, and it makes for sharp, hard-hitting songs that sound like they could fly in a dozen directions at any moment.

The Harvard Crimson lists the top 5 aggressively insignificant artifacts of 2008.

The Pitchfork “Top 500 Songs” Book—Apparently, in the rush to become our generation’s Rolling Stone, the indie-crit tastemaker inadvertently bypassed the righteous Lester Bangs/Hunter Thompson years and landed somewhere in the mire of that magazine’s bloated, self-parodying culture-factory era. And when did the hipsters get coffee tables?

In the Harvard Crimson, author Keith Gessen (author of All the Sad Young Literary Men) lists five melancholy literary men.

Crave Online lists the top 10 comic book documentaries.

Commentary examines how novelists have dealt with 9/11 in their work.

To what extent do these works succeed in providing a recognizable and illuminating portrait of our times? The answer to that question is a test of a kind, not only for the authors but for their readers. For there is a common thread running through these books: the suggestion, to quote one character in Netherland, that September 11 may not really have been a “big deal” at all.

Sean Michaels of Said the Gramophone lists his favorite songs of 2008.

RIP, Bettie Page

Billboard previews Morrissey's forthcoming album.

The Philadelphia City Paper interviews My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden.

In the Times Online, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Adele, and others recount their 2008 experiences.

Advertising Age credits Wal-Mart (among others) with reviving the music industry.

The Charleston City Paper interviews Chunklet publisher Henry Owings about his book, The Rock Bible.

The Independent examines the state of the British music industry after the failure of distributor Pinnacle.

Daytrotter's Thursday session featured Joseph Arthur, the Friday session has mp3s from The Minus Story.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features Ryan Adams with an interview and in-studio performance.

Decider Milwaukee is streaming Decibully's third (and unreleased) album, World Travels Fast.

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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