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January 8, 2011

Shorties (Esben and the Witch, 2011's Most Anticipated Books, and more)

The Line of Best Fit profiles Esben and the Witch.

As their debut 33 EP demonstrated and Violet Cries clarifies further, Esben’s songs aren’t conventional things. Emerging from shadows and swelling into nightmares, they’re equal parts atmosphere and exorcism, rarely following any standard pattern or form. Unsurprisingly all three members list Godspeed You! Black Emperor as an influence, alongside HEALTH, the Aphex Twin and Bjork.

The Guardian and National Post preview 2011's most anticipated books.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previews 2011's music releases.

The Sydney Morning Herald questions the authenticity of today's folk music.

Indie Book Collective interviews Bethanne Patrick about the role of social media in publishing.

Girl, Unstoppable shares as playlist to empower you for a solo road trip.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Miles Davis's Kind of Blue album.

IGN lists the most anticipated comics of 2011.

The Oxford American is streaming a collection of songs that didn't make the final cut for its annual music issue's compilation CD.

Last Monday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the Wichita Eagle's best books, author Dennis Cooper's favorite books, and more.

Wednesday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included wo album lists from Donewaiting, NYCTaper's best concerts, and much more.

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.

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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