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February 1, 2009

Shorties (Mark Bavaro, Blk Jks, and more)

Newsday profiles Mark Bavaro, former NFL tight end now writer.

"When I retired from the NFL and I had a lot of time on my hands, the first thing I would do to stay busy and pass the time was to write," Bavaro said. "I had the beginnings of a bunch of different stories but this one, 'Rough and Tumble,' kept going to its completion. It was a hobby of mine. I liked to do it."


The Denver Post profiles local bands who are leading the city's musical resurgence.


The Toronto Star reviews Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King, the first biography of the author.


The Boston Globe profiles Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and its owner Barry O'Callaghan as the publishing house faces tough economic times.


Perez Hilton talks to CTV about his new book, Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping Up with the Hiltons.

"I want people to know that I can pull a sentence together and that I'm witty," says Hilton, 30, the founder of perezhilton.com. "Writing a blog is a different art form. A book is something else. I feel I've a talent for both."


Amazon is selling the digital version of the 27-track Motown #1's album for $1.99.


AlternativeBanjo offers banjo tabs for indie songs.


Daytrotter's Sunday session features in-studio mp3s from Gringo Star.


Musical Rooms is a music blog that interviews musicians about the music spaces in their homes.


The Times of South Africa profiles recent Secretly Canadian signing Blk Jks.


IGN lists 10 essential Springsteen anthems.


Newsarama reviews 08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail.

It’s pretty fascinating re-reading a good two years’ worth of campaign coverage reduced into so small a space, particularly from the vantage point of already seeing how it ended—both Obama and McCain’s victories in their own crowded primary fields seemed so unlikely for so long, for example, and it’s kind of startling how players who seemed so important for so long were all but forgotten by the end of the summer.


nyctaper shared mp3s of recent New York performances by Naked Hearts and Annuals.


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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