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December 2, 2009

Shorties (The Lamest Puns in Rock History, Christmas Gift Guides, and more)

NME lists the lamest puns in rock music history.

The Guardian offers is Christmas gift guide for music.

At the Guardian, CJ Box lists the top 10 U.S. crime novelists who "own their territory."

Coolhunting points out the impressive new book, Alex Steinweiss, The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover.

HTMLGIANT gathers reactions to Rick Moody's Twitter short story.

On sale at Amazon MP3: the 11-track Kings of Leon Only By the Night album for $3.99 is an unofficial fansite for Tintin comics.

Pitchfork lists the worst album covers of 2009.

Library Journal reports that South Dakota middle school libraries have pulled the Stuck in the Middle comics anthology from their shelves.

The Skinny offers a bookish Christmas gift guide.

Too Much Joy shares the band's most recent Warner Records royalty statement.

Said the Gramophone's Dan lists his top albums of 2009 in one of my most anticipated year-end music lists.

Vote in the Pitchfork 2009 Readers Poll.

Craig Finn talks to Spinner about the differences between his bands the Hold Steady and Lifter Puller.

New York Magazine's Vulture blog interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

An odd holiday gift idea: a tie that holds an iPod Nano.

Amazon MP3 offers 128 free albums.

The XX visit The Current studio for a live performance and interview.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2009" book lists
online "best of 2009" music lists
Online Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Book Lists
best of the decade (2000-2009) online music 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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