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November 12, 2010

Shorties (The Decemberists, Lynda Barry, and more)

Colin Meloy talks to Spin about the next Decemberists album, The King Is Dead (out January ).

Cartoonist Lynda Barry talks to Talk of the Nation about her new book, Picture This.

Yesterday's update to the list of online "best of 2010" book lists included Barnes & Noble's best fiction and nonfiction of the year, Parents magazine's best children's books, and Religion Bulletin's worst religious book covers.

PopMatters reviews the new book, Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock.

New York magazine profiles James Frey's new publishing company.

KCRW's Bookworm interviews author Susan Straight today.

Rocks Off lists the top 10 recent TV show soundtracks.

Gibson lists the greatest rock venues of all time.

Time Out Chicago interviews former White House chief of staff and Wilco fan, Rahm Emanuel.

7. What is your favorite local band? How about your favorite theater company? Restaurant? Artist? Comedian or other performer?

Wilco is my favorite local band, and Jeff Tweedy is my favorite local artist—when they played all of their albums over the course of five days at the Riviera a couple years back, I made it to three shows and regret that I couldn't make the other two. I also have to include the early Smashing Pumpkins' albums.

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The New Rochelle Patch interviews author Jonathan Tropper.

The Tallahassee Democrat profiles singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.

The A.V. Club offers a primer to the music of David Bowie.

The A.V. Club staff lists its favorite film soundtracks.

Paste lists the best concept albums of the century (so far).

Junip visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

The 50 best poetry books for kids.

On sale for $1.49 at Amazon MP3: The Doors' L.A. Woman album.
On sale for $1.49 at Amazon MP3: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' self-titled album.
On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak album.

At Drowned in Sound, members of I Like Trains share a mixtape inspired by Leeds bands and literature.

NPR recommends three books with "unflinching, unforgettable voices."

All Things Considered reviews the 13-CD, 300-song box set Next Stop Is Vietnam.

Win the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World DVD 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

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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