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November 30, 2010

Shorties (New Radiohead and Slint Books, A Literary MIxtape, and more)

The Quietus reviews the two newest books in Continuum's 33 1/3 series on seminal albums, Radiohead's Kid A by Marvin Lin and Slint's Spiderland by Scott Tennent.

GalleyCat is sharing a "literary mixtape" featuring excerpts from the year's best novels.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included Salon's graphic novels of the year, the Financial Times' best non-fiction books, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the Telegraph's best music books, Dan Deacon's top albums, Decibel's top albums, and more. lists the top 10 literary locales for travel.

At NPR, Alan Cheuse lists his best books for winter.

Aquarium Drunkard & Crescere share a compilation of rare psychedelic guitar and folk music from the 60s and 70s.

The Night Owl Presents... shares a listener's guide to the soundtrack of The Commitments.

Oh No They Didn't lists 15 films defined by their soundtracks.

Music blogs Donewaiting and Each Note Secure have teamed up to produce the holiday album A Very Ohio Christmas, with all proceeds going to Gracehaven, an organization that raises awareness about the issue of domestic minor trafficking.

Spin lists the 27 winter albums that matter most.

M + E has added drawings of the homes of Fredrick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, and Zora Neale Hurston to its series limited edition prints of writers' houses

Drowned in Sound shares a video of the National performing with Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly.

io9 asks "Is Haruki Murakami Hollywood's new Philip K. Dick?"

The Varsity interviews Azure Ray about the duo's reunion tour and album.

Salad Days Music lists albums that have received both 10.0 and 0.0 ratings by Pitchfork reviewers.

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3:

The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs album
Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty album
Jack Johnson's In Between Dreams album
John Mayer's Battle Studies album
Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster album
LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening album
Mavis Staples' You Are Not Alone album
The National's High Violet album
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album
Robert Plant's Band of Joy album
Sade's Soldier of Love album
Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart album
Train's Save Me, San Francisco album
Weezer's Hurley album

NPR reviews Adam Levin's excellent debut novel, The Instructions.

Win a copy of Keith Richards' memoir Life in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Online "Best Music of 2010" lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
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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