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February 8, 2009

Shorties (Duffy, The Grammys, and more)

Amazon MP3 is selling Duffy's 7-track Deluxe EP for only 99 cents.

Duffy shares her usual day with the Times Online.

Seattle University's Spectator Blog lists the top albums of 2008.

Newsday lists 5 books to mark Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial.

The Hartford Courant and Omaha World-Leader note examine the resurgence of vinyl music sales.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls for the Grammys to remove the word "best" from its awards, and makes predictions for tonight's music awards.

The Union of Grass Valley profiles singer-songwriter Alela Diane.

In The Circle News, Louise Erdrich reviews one of my favorite graphic novels, Louis Riel, A Comic Strip Biography, by Chester Brown.

Daytrotter's Sunday session features in-studio mp3s from One for the Team.

The Guardian interviews publishing insiders about the future of e-books.

And yet, looking to a greener future, the consensus from this straw poll was that digital devices would probably make significant inroads into traditional book sales during the next five years. All the major publishers have now set up digital departments to prepare for a decisive shift in reading habits. At the same time, as one put it: "Printed books will continue to be manufactured, bought and cherished for many years to come, if not always." Another wrote: "My work is digital, but my library is 20th century."

The Boston Globe ponders the nominees for the Grammys "best alternative music album" (and if the artists are alternative or not).

Keith Dakin, program director for Boston alternative station WFNX-FM (101.7), says the nominees are par for the course. "First of all, we're talking about the Grammys, which have been completely out of touch for a long time now, if not forever," he says. And while he does think this year's contenders are for the most part alternative - with the exception of Gnarls Barkley - they're definitely on the mainstream side of things: "These are not exactly edgy acts."

nyctaper is sharing mp3s of WAVVES' Saturday night NYC 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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