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December 21, 2010

Shorties (Holiday Cover Songs, Most Anticipated 2011 Albums, and more)

Chromewaves shares mp3s of holiday-themed covers.

American Songwriter lists 2011's anticipated music releases.

Prefix lists its 30 most anticipated albums of 2011.

NPR lists three books "in praise of the clueless detective."

Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included January Magazine's best cookbooks, 3:AM Magazine's books of the year, and more.

Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included Little White Earbuds' top albums, author Blissblog's of the year, and much more.

CHARTattack lists 17 reasons Captain Beefheart was cool.

At the Spectator Book Blog, Elizabeth Baines shares the story of publishing her first novel, The Birth Machine.

Flavorwire creates a "literary mixtape" of modern songs Holden Caulfield would have loved.

Publishers Weekly lists its favorite cookbook stories of the year.

The Atlantic explains how "Jingle Bells" by the Singing Dogs changed music forever.

The Independent explores the problems with adapting fiction for the big screen.

CMT excerpts from Kurt B. Reighley's book, The United States of Americana.

Up on the Sun breaks down Pitchfork's best albums of the year list.

Tablet lists the top 100 Jewish songs ever.

NPR Music is sharing a streaming holiday mix.

Publishers Weekly profiles Jonathan Evison and his outstanding forthcoming novel, West of Here.

Editor vs. Editor analyzes Pitchfork's Best New Music picks over the last eight years.

20 soulful blogs for vinyl fans and collectors.

Tripbase lists the top 10 fictional travelers.

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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