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January 2, 2010

Shorties (Indie-Rock Genres, Bad Lawyers in Literature, and more)

In the New York Times, Ben Sisario examines the dizzying number of indie-rock genres and its effect on the music industry.

The Guardian lists ten of the best bad lawyers in literature.

The Boston Herald lists 10 promising Boston bands for 2010.

Paste lists 10 new music releases to look forward to in 2010.

CNET's Digital Noise blog reviews Rank'em, a website that lets music fans rank songs from their favorite artists.

BBC News lists the best 2009 albums you never heard.

On sale at Amazon MP3:

Animal Collective's 11-track Meriweather Post Pavilion album for $3.99
Rodrigo Y Gabriela's 11-track 11:11 album for $1.99

NPR Music reviews the recently released 5- CD 25th anniversary Def Jam box set.

Def Jam's recent 25th-anniversary box set compiles some of the most amazing music released in my lifetime: Gorgeous, powerful and surprising, its songs still sound fresh.

The National Post lists its best books of the decade.

At Paste, Eugene Mirman offers tips on how to survive the next year.

2. Don’t make any wild claims about a new band until you hear its second album.

My "best of 2009" lists:

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

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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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