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November 28, 2010

Shorties (The Arcade Fire, Songs About Books, and more)

The Guardian profiles the Arcade Fire.

In case you have not noticed, Arcade Fire – a multi-instrumental, mixed gender, seven-piece indie-rock group from the very un-rock'n'roll city of Montreal, Canada – are what is most cool about rock right now. The group's debut album, Funeral, was released in 2004 on the small independent label Merge Records. Initially championed by influential American music websites such as Pitchfork, it became one of the most critically lauded albums of the year, selling more than half a million copies globally.

The Irish Independent also profiles the band.

The Sleepless Reader lists its favorite songs about books.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the San Francisco Chronicle and the Globe and Mail's books of the year, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Origami Vinyl's favorite albums, Diverse Vinyl's top albums, and more.

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
John Lennon's Power To The People - The Hits 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
The Roots' How I Got Over album
Sade's Soldier of Love album
Sara Bareilles' Kaleidoscope Heart album
Spoon's Transference album
Train's Save Me, San Francisco album
The Walkmen's Lisbon album
Weezer's Hurley album
the XX's xx album

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

Bob Marley's Legend album
Brandon Flowers' Flamingo
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' self-titled album
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album
Lady Gaga's The Fame album
Lady Gaga: The Remix album
M.I.A.'s Maya album
Ne-Yo's Libra Scale album
Neon Trees' Habits album
Robyn's Body Talk album
The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico album

The Boston Globe reviews Barry Hannah's new posthumous short fiction collection, Long, Last, Happy.

It's difficult to overstate Hannah’s importance, both as an influence on other fiction writers and as a chronicler of the changing mores, hopes, fears, prejudices, and self-destructive tendencies of his fellow Americans. But what makes this book required reading is what has always made Hannah’s fiction required reading: No one writes, or sounds, like he does.

In the Observer, novelists and translators pick their favorite translated books.

The Age lists the 10 most influential cookbooks of all time.

The Boston Globe profiles singer-songwriter KT Tunstall.

Bibliokept shares a collection of literary recipes.

Musicians select their favorite music of 2010 in the Observer.

At the Wall Street Journal, Ayelet Waldman shares her thoughts on "bore-geous" writing.

The Guardian lists 10 of the best fishing trips in literature.

The Observer interviews Margaret Atwood.

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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