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December 20, 2010

Shorties (Top Christmas Rap Songs, Lynda Barry, and more)

The Measure lists the top six Christmas rap songs.


The A.V. Club interviews Lynda Barry about her latest book, Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book.


Yesterday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included January Magazine's best books for children and young adults, Serious Eats' non-cookbook food books, and more.


Yesterday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included the Boston Globe critics' top albums, author Rob Sheffield's artists of the year, and much more.


The A.V. Club recommends entry points into the music of Paul Weller.


The Bay Bridged shares a collection of new indie Christmas songs from the Bay Area and beyond.


Stream a preview of the new EP by Beth Ditto (Gossip) at the Sydney Star Observer.


Vanity Fair interviews Ronnie Spector about Christmas albums.


Stuff remembers Captain Beefheart.


Consequence of Sound is streaming two Christmas songs created by the musical team of Sufjan Stevens and Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.


Flavorwire lists five forgotten literary vampires.


Cover Me has wrapped up its list of the best 50 cover songs of the year.


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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