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December 13, 2008


Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include's best debut fiction and Business Week's best business books.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include two of the year's most anticipated lists: Said the Gramophone's top songs of the year and Chromewaves' favourite albums of the year.

The 2008 edition of the Indie Music Alphabet has been posted. lists 7 holiday gift ideas for Radiohead fans.

AutoLyrix is an application that will search and display the lyrics and album art for songs playing in iTunes, Winamp, or most music players.

The Boston Globe reviews Kirsten Menger-Anderson's debut short fiction collection, Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain.

Despite this focus, the stories are hardly gimmicky. Darkly funny, often sad, frequently frightening, and sometimes hopeful, they are the product of a gifted literary writer. Menger-Anderson draws a wide range of characters, both doctors and patients, men and women, all complex and natural.

see also: Menger-Anderson's Largehearted Boy music playlist for the book

Billboard interviews the CEO of MySpace about MySpace Music.

Q: What's next for MySpace Music?

Chris DeWolfe: Right now we're continuing to work on the consumer experience. But then we'll be working on charts of all kinds -- songs added to playlists, top users with the most listened-to playlists ... as many charts as possible. We're also going to be reworking the search page where you add your new playlists to give it a more community feel. It's really about discovery and consumption.

The San Jose Mercury News profiles Airborne Toxic Event and the band's frontman, author Mikel Jollett.

Jollett hopes he'll have a chance to wrap up his novel — about terminally ill young adults living life to the fullest ("it's supposed to be funny," he says) — before the band's second CD comes out.

"It'd be cool to finish the record and have a few months before the release to really just disappear and work on the book, but I don't know," he says. "I'm new to this whole thing."

io9 has posted "the power list" of 20 movers and shakers in science fiction.

$4.99 Amazon mp3 albums at Amazon (through Monday):

Bloc Party's Intimacy
Starflyer 59's Dial M
Young Jeezy's The Recession
Gustavo Dudamel's Fiesta
Faith Hill's Joy to the World

The Times Online glowingly reviews Alison Bechdel's latest book, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.

Dykes is so much more than a comic strip. It is a lovingly crafted archive of the seismic changes that have been wrought in Western society over the past two decades. Wars, elections and battles for equal rights have been fought on its pages.

Drowned in Sound interviews Scott and Grant Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit.

The Midnight Organ Fight seemed very refined in a way, compared to the first. I've always thought of your music as a very refined sort of indie rock, in the terms of the way you have learnt how to channel emotion in such a raw way.

Scott: I guess it's all about, well, when my Dad makes macaroni cheese, he puts a little bit of mustard in it. And I always feel like the mustard in the macaroni cheese is like this motto you can have; it's the little things that people don't notice that make you what you are, and I think there are obvious parts in our record but a hundred other different things that don't necessarily jump out. That's where I feel like we've become good at achieving, there's a lot of mustard in the macaroni but not too much; you can't taste it but it makes a difference. We did work hard on it and getting the details and the progressions of the songs and the way that they moved, bringing it together as an album rather than just a collection of songs.

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

mytop50 plays music videos based on your profile.

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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