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December 19, 2009

Shorties (2009's Criminally Underrated Albums, The Year's Best Music Books, and more)

Paste lists the year's most criminally underrated albums.

The Guardian lists the year's best music books.

Author Emma Straub shares her Recommended Reading.

The Philadelphia Inquirer lists its favorite Christmas songs of the year.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Ella Fitzgerald's 18-track Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas for $2.99

PopCrunch lists the best time travel stories of all time.

Videotapas is a Spanish site that features intimate videos of indie bands playing in atypical spaces (sort of a La Blogotheque based in Barcelona).

The Second Pass contributors discuss which recently published books will still be read in 100 years.

Drowned in Sound's #1 album 0f 2009 is Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

At Rolling Stone, Tori Amos offers a track-by-track guide to her seminal 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes.

Crib Notes breaks down Atlanta musicians' appearances in year-end lists.

Seattlest points out a collection of food inspired by songs.

Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita: Alaskan King crab with tart green apple sorbetto and crab butter powder (for Joanna Newsom's "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie")

My "best of 2009" lists:

favorite albums of 2009
favorite novels of 2009
favorite short story collections of 2009
favorite music of 2009 (at Urban Outfitters)

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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