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January 1, 2009

Shorties (Mercury Rev, Lydia Millet, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists includes my favorite novels of the year.


Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include Stereogum's great concerts and My Old Kentucky Blog's albums of the year.


Filter profiles Mercury Rev.

A trip down Mercury Rev’s memory lane proves to be an uneven romp. The band kicked off the late ’80s as an avant-garde film soundtracker and featured a larger cast than the current line-up of singer/guitarist Jonathan Donahue, guitarist Sean Mackowiak and drummer Jeff Mercel. During that time, Mercury Rev concocted unclassifiable explorations like Yerself is Steam, Boces, and See You on the Other Side, while also nearly killing each other and effectually getting booted from Lollapalooza for playing too loud.


Lydia Millet talks to the Arizona Star about her new short fiction collection, Love and Infant Monkeys.

From her description, "Love and Infant Monkeys" sounds like a classic Millet novel — freakishly funny, clever with near journalistic nods as it weaves a collection of stories about celebrities and their animals.


The South Wales Echo lists Welsh bands to watch in 2009.


Amazon is selling their top 50 albums 0f 2008 digitally for only $5 each.


Citizen Dick is a brand new Chicago/Cleveland music blog worth checking out.


New Music Strategies explains why giving free and legal mp3s away is good for musicians.


Bootie offers a download of the best mashup tracks of 2008.


The 30GB Zune apocalypse is among us. If you are among the victims, here's how to fix your Zune.


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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