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January 19, 2010

Shorties (Spoon, Robert B. Parker, and more)

On sale at Amazon MP3: Spoon's new 11-track album Transference for $3.99.

R.I.P. Author Robert B. Parker.

Forbes examines the links Apple is forming with book publishers for its tablet computer.

Stills from the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood.

Lookshelves: A Site for Literary Voyeurs. (via)

The Australian profiles singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart.

Describing Banhart's music is like trying to catch the wind. Yes he is very aware of Donovan Leitch, the great folk figure of the 1960s, whom he resembles in build, spirit and sound. His incredibly eclectic music -- there are sometimes as many styles as there are songs on the records -- is full of bizarre Indian-sounding chants, with reggae, dub, folk and psychedelic leanings. And yes, he knows all about Bolan and T. Rex, though he was very glad to have made his first record, The Charles C. Leary, in 2002 before he discovered Bolan.

CMJ lists ways musicians and their fans can aid in Haitian relief efforts.

Paul Gravett lists his favorite graphic novels of 2009.

At Drowned in Sound, Owen Pallett gives a track-by-track analysis of his new album, Heartland.

The Mystery Writers of America have named the nominees for the 2010 Edgar Awards.

The British music magazine Melody Maker, inactive since 2000, plans an online revival.

This Recording is counts down the 100 greatest science fiction and fantasy books of all time.

Line Out notes that a newly dicovered species of prehistoric bird has been named after the indie band Lucero.

Four Tet is streaming its new album, There Is Love in You (out January 26th) on the band's website.

Pitchfork interviews Kieran Hebden about the album.

Literary blog The Rumpus celebrates its one year anniversary with a New York City show Thursday featuring Rivka Galchen, Tao Lin, Deb Olin Unferth, Justin Taylor and Stephen Elliott, musical guests Alina Simone, Diane Louvel, and Jeffrey Lewis.

The Pixies are selling recordings of the shows where they played their Doolittle album in its entirety.

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

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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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