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January 5, 2010

Shorties (Vampire Wekend, Dave Eggers, and more)

Stream the new Vampire Weekend album, Contra (out January 12th), in its entirety on NPR.

The A.V. Club interviews Dave Eggers about his love of newspapers and his homage to the form, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern No. 33, The San Francisco Panorama.

The Toronto Sun interviews Tegan and Sara.

The Boston Globe reviews John Grisham's short story collection, Ford County.

Grisham deserves credit for trying to expand his literary range, and short stories are admirably suited to “sense of place’’ fiction. Unfortunately, even though Grisham works with fertile material and potentially compelling plots, “Ford County’’ is a failure.

Paste interviews Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne about the band's cover album of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

USA Today reviews Michael Chabon's essay collevtion, Manhood for Amateurs.

Mashable lists social media tools for musicians.

Newsarama lists the top 10 comic books, characters, and comics creators to watch for in 2010.

The Stylus Decade has started counting down the top albums of the 2000s.

Consequence of Sound lists the top 35 albums to buy in 2010.

The Hype Machine has released its 2009 Music Blog Zeitgeist, featuring the top 50 albums, songs and artists as chosen by music bloggers.

RIP singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela.

The Lefsetz Letter makes its 2010 music industry predictions.

The Bay Bridged examines the way online media reported the hospitalization and subsequent death of singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt.

The Millions previews 2010's highly anticipated books.

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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