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December 18, 2008

Shorties (Fleet Foxes, Brian Wilson, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include NPR's best superhero graphic novels and Time Out New York's best & worst books of the year.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Nialler9's songs of the year (with mp3 downloads), Travelers Diagram's best albums, and Donewaiting's best albums, songs, and concerts.

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes talks to The Age about the band's self-titled album.

"In terms of the message on the record, it's about family and finding a genuine space to live in," Pecknold says. "With America, you're dealing with a very difficult country. For America to change for the better it would need to become a colony of Norway. There's a tonne of stuff written into the American mindset that is outmoded but difficult to transcend."

Eminem tells Esquire what he's learned over the years.

CNET's Fully Equipped lists 25 things you need to know before self-publishing a book.

Daytrotter's Thursday session features in-studio mp3s from Whitley.

The Miami New Times and Houston Press examine the year's holiday music releases.

Billboard examines falling album sales.

U.S. album sales were down 21.7 percent during the first week of December compared with the same period last year, accelerating from the 17.4 percent decline recorded during the last two weeks of November, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

WHYY's Maureen Corrigan's best books of 2008 list includes the memoir of the year (in my eyes at least), Elizabeth McCracken's An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

see also: McCracken's Largehearted Boy music playlist for the book

NPR's All Songs Considered is streaming a recent Brian Wilson performance.

nyctaper offers mp3 downloads of Of Montreal's Tuesday night Brooklyn performance.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current has Longwave in the studio for an in-studio 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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