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December 24, 2010

Shorties (Holiday Mixtapes, David Sedaris, and more)

PopMatters offers a couple of streaming (and downloadable) holiday mixes.


The Wham City Collective is sharing its annual Baltimas holiday album compilation.


David Sedaris reads from The Santaland Diaries at Morning Edition.


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included USA Today's essential graphic novels, Jewcy's top fiction, and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included My Old Kentucky Blog's best albums, NME's top cult/experimental albums, and much more.


The Guardian offers a 2010 books quiz.


Sound of the City interviews Chavez's Matt Sweeney about working with Josh Groban.

Wow...how did the improbable Matt Sweeney-Josh Groban collaboration come together?

Yeah, dude...that was insane! I never heard any of his music before. A couple years ago, I was sitting with a friend and he said 'Do you want to hear what the biggest thing is right now?' So he played me a Josh Groban song and my reaction was 'weird...really?' When I get asked to play on records, my process is if I haven't heard of the artist, I'll ask around to find out if they are nice. A couple of people who knew Groban told me he's the nicest guy. Clearly, he had been working on this thing for a year and a half. Then I got to stumble in. Sure enough, Groban was fuckin' super-awesome and the first two singles from the record I played on. I'm thrilled to play on that and in Current 93.


The Los Angeles Times reviews the book Saul Bellow: Letters.

Vibrant, both chatty and polished, the letters serve as the autobiography Bellow never wrote.


Sound of the City wraps up its worst songs of 2010 list.


The Montreal Gazette lists five Canadian authors to watch in 2011.


Flavorwire lists the most anticipated albums of 2011.


NPR lists three books to quell your quarter-life crisis.


Morning Edition examines the recent popularity of nostalgia books.


On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3:

Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son Of Chico Dusty album
Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak album

On sale for $2.99 at Amazon MP3:

Kanye West's Late Registration album

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3:

The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs album
Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid album
Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album
Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown album
Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster album
The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street album


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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