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December 16, 2008

Shorties (Joe Pernice, Monte Montgomery, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include I Will Dare's worst books of the year and Teenreads.com's best books.


Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Advertising Age's top ad songs for the year, It's a Trap's albums of the year, and PopMatters' best albums).


Pine Magazine interviews Robert Lee, co-founder of poster designers Methane Studios.

PM: How do you feel music and art intertwine?

RL: We are like the indie rock bands that we do posters for. We do what we love and hope that people dig it but the most important part is doing a piece of work we are proud of. In it for the art -- then the money. Not that we don't love financial reward but it's important to do art that we would buy ourselves. So I would say art and music are the same in the fact that they both start from the smallest of places and can end up making the greatest of impacts.


Pop Candy is posting its annual list of the 100 people of the year.


io9 lists 10 graphic novels that make excellent gifts.


PC World lists the ten best, DRM-free online music stores.


Daytrotter's Tuesday session features in-studio mp3s from Dear and the Headlights.


Tim Goodman: The Bastard Machine lists the best Christmas albums and songs ever.


Birmingham Weekly interviews singer-songwriter Monte Montgomery.

BT: If you will, talk about today’s musical climate in the age of iTunes, Internet and satellite radio. Some artists say accessibility is great and others say it’s hard to separate yourself from the clutter.

MM: There’s certainly no use in fighting it anymore - this is what’s going on now and it’s not going to go back. I used to get peeved when people would videotape me, but now people - especially in Europe - find me on Youtube and come out to the shows. So I’ve kind of changed my attitude - it’s free advertising and free publicity. For an artist like me that’s not all over radio and MTV, it’s a very useful tool. Case in point - Daryl Hall saw me do “Sara Smile” on Youtube and invited me to his house and we recorded some stuff. You never know who’s going to see it.


Joe Pernice of the Pernice Brothers talks to RedSox.com about baseball, music, and writing novels.


The Guardian's music blog declares 2008 the year of the mixtape.


Pop Candy interviews Dash Shaw, whose graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button was one of my favorite books of 2008.


Laundromatinee features videos and mp3s from a recent in-studio session by Bodies of Water.


All Songs Considered's listeners' poll for 2008 best album results have been posted.


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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