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December 30, 2008

Shorties (Zooey Deschanel, Ben Gibbard, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include the California Literary Review's best books of the year.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include the Minneapolis City Pages' best songs and Suicide Girls' criminally ignored albums.

Altsounds lists bands to watch in 2009.

Pitchfork reports that actress-singer Zooey Deschanel and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard are engaged.

DJ Earworm mashes up the top 25 songs of 2008.

Gothamist interviews MTV's John Norris.

Do you keep up with the music blogs? Which do you read regularly, and have you considered starting your own?

My bookmarks toolbar features the usual suspects: Brooklyn Vegan, Stereogum, Idolator, A.V. Club, Paste, Largehearted Boy and of course the 'Fork. I also like Sasha Frere Jones' blog. I have surely thought of starting my own - but would want to do something different. In what way different, that's tbd.

PC Magazine lists its favorite blogs of 2008.

At NPR, Lizzie Skurnick shares 5 novels filled with "uncivil union."

Paste lists the best lists of 2008.

LaundroMatinee features in-studio video and mp3s from KaiserCartel.

IGN lists the best band logos.

Daytrotter's Monday session features in-studio mp3s from Athens' Dark Meat. Monday's session features the the Peekers.

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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