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January 22, 2010

Shorties (Mogwai, Theodore Roethke, and more)

Watch the trailer for the new Mogwai live concert film, Burning.

As mentioned in today's Daily Downloads post, Team B is giving away a free EP, titled The Lost Son. The band is comprised of members of the Arcade Fire and Beirut, and the lyrics on the EP come from the works of my favorite poet, Theodore Roethke.

The Telegraph ponders the literary careers of Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, and Peter Carey.

GOOD shares a reading list of books about Haiti.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiles singer-songwriter Sarah Borges.

Sarah Borges is that rare artist who can weave striking, personal and original songs with cover tunes and leave the listener wondering which is which, all while jumping genres from new wave, '60s pop and indie rock to classic country and Americana.

At The Rumpus, Kate Christenson interviews Jami Attenberg about her new novel, The Melting Season.

PopMatters lists its best non-fiction books of 2009.

At the New Yorker, author Neil Gaiman answers reader questions.

At Details, members of Vampire Weekend list their favorite things.

The Telegraph lists the 20 best books of the decade.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Sarah Jarosz's 13-track Song Up in Her Head album for $1.99

Library Journal lists the best graphic novels of 2009.

At Drowned in Sound, former Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield gives a track-by-track review of his new solo album, Fly Yellow Moon.

Threadless is selling a T-shirt for Haiti relief, "Many Hands Make the Load Lighter," and 100% of all proceeds (up to $100,000) go to the American Red Cross's Haiti relief fund.

The Guardian reports that Martin Scosese is in talks to direct the film adaptation of Brian Selznick's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Amazon MP3 offers over 800 albums on sale for $5.

The Telegraph examines the financial viability of the Spotify streaming music service for record labels.

The blurbs for James P. Othmer's next novel, Holy Water (out June 15th), make it one of the year's most anticipated books for me.

The Rhapsody blog lists the most anticipated indie albums of 2010.

The Birmingham News profiles Electroliner, which includes singer-songwriter John P. Strohm.

The Telegraph lists the top new novelists for 2010, including Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Laila Lalami.

Deckfight lists 5 albums to survive the winter.

Zeropaid notes that the Association for Independent Music feels the need for music blogs to be regulated.

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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