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December 14, 2008

Shorties (Crystal Stilts, Clare and the Reasons, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include New York Magazine's best graphic novels, TIME's top fiction, and the Washington Post's best kids' books.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Seattle Subsonic's best beards on musicians, I Am Fuel, You Are Friends' albums list, and Billboard's critics choice albums.

The Toledo Blade reviews the current crop of holiday-themed music releases.

The New York Daily News interviews actress/singer Zooey Deschanel.

The Columbus Dispatch interviews Kathy Mattea about her latest album, Coal.

Q: Some people think singers shouldn't speak out on social issues. Why do you?

A: I can understand, and I think it's really important to me to not just be someone who kind of flings my voice around and does more harm than good, jumping into something that I don't know anything about.

For me, what's going on in the coal fields, the struggle about mountaintop removal, and global warming and all those implications, it's not arbitrary. I grew up in the mountains doing it all (spelunking, hiking, fishing, running trout lines), so I just didn't hang out in the suburbs. I feel like I do have a point of view.

see also: Mattea's Largehearted Boy Note Books essay about the album

The Baltimore Sun addresses the need for more music venues in the city.

"It's a shame," said Dan Deacon, one of Wham City's most successful members. "There's so much attention coming into Baltimore right now on an international level. We get interview requests from all over Asia and Europe and South America. But the scene has been squashed by a lack of space."

The Louisville Courier-Journal has authors share the best book they have read all year.

BookVideoNing is an online community dedicated to "sharing media (in any digital format) to promote books, reading, and literacy K-12."

NPR's Weekend Edition excerpts from Karan Mahajan's debut novel, Family Planning.

NPR is streaming last night's Christmas concert by Aimee Mann.

nyctaper features an mp3 download of Crystal Stilts' recent NYC performance.

Daytrotter's Saturday session featured Clare and the Reasons.

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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