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December 22, 2010

Shorties (2010's Obscure Music Genres, David Foster Wallace, and more)

The Boston Phoenix lists four new obscure music subgenres of 2010.

Slate offers an adapted excerpt from James Wyerson's introduction to the new David Foster Wallace book Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will.

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Austin American-Statesmen's best comics and graphic novels, Tobias Carroll's books of the year, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Den of Geek's top movie songs, artists' lists of favorite albums at Pitchfork, and much more.

The Washington Post rounds up five novels about Christmas.

The Huffington Post explores the literature of Christmas.

Spinner interviews The Drums drummer Connor Hanwick about the band's success this year.

The Jewish Chronicle profiles the band Foals.

Perhaps the biggest risk they take is to wear their intellectualism on their sleeves. They are self-consciously brainy. Philippakis was an Oxford undergraduate; his lyrics are influenced by his interest in politics and philosophy. The second album's name is taken from the writing of American futurist Raymond Kurzwell. The band members do party on tour but, he says, they like to read a lot as well.

The Record lists musicians who made social networking work this year.

Gimme Noise shares a "very hipster Christmas mix."

The Phoenix New Times interviews Girl Talk's Greg Gillis about his new album, All Day.

io9 wonders why Haruki Murakami readers don't read China Mieville.

Up on the Sun streams 10 indie rock Christmas songs.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas album.

NPR is sharing a free 12-track Best Music of 2010 album on iTunes.

Jacket Copy lists 29 literary films to watch over the holidays.

All Things Considered reviews the massive 18-CD box set Africa: 50 Years of Music.

No Sleep 'Till Christmas is a benefit holiday compilation album available on a pay what you want model (starting at a mere 50 cents). All proceeds go to RESOLVE, a group that "works to get US political leaders to take the steps needed to end Lord’s Resistance Army atrocities and to support efforts toward just and lasting peace in LRA affected communities across Central Africa."

Barnes & Noble is giving away a free "NOOKbook" edition of Jonathan Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels today.

Big Ugly Yellow Couch is sharing Christmas song covers all week.

Vampire Weekend has released an iTunes session that includes a Bruce Springsteen cover.

My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite albums of 2010
favorite graphic novels
favorite nonfiction books
favorite novels of 2010
favorite short story collections

Coming later this month: my favorite free and legal mp3 downloads and favorite debut novels of the year.

Amazon MP3 is unveiling a new free holiday song every day until Christmas.

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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