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January 21, 2011

Shorties (Iron and Wine, Harry Nilsson, and more)

TeamCoco is streaming the new Iron and Wine album, Kiss Each Other Clean (out January 25th).

Aquarium Drunkard interviews filmmaker John Scheinfield about his documentary, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?).

Nialler9 is streaming Quompilation, a compilation of Irish acts covering their favorite songs.

The Chicago Sun-Times interviews singer-songwriter Liz Phair.

Q. Can there be a Liz Phair album other than "Guyville, Part 2" that will please the masses?

LP: Uh, no? To do "Guyville 2" because I'm supposed to do it or because it’s the only thing people like feels — meh. I'm writing stuff now that’s really touching me, some stuff that's actually made me weep. I don’t know if it's "Guyville 2," but it's off-kilter and very heartfelt and very personal, directed at a single person. It feels authentic, maybe in the same way.

The Globe and Mail interviews hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser about e-books.

The Book Bench on Chicago's Literary Hall of Fame:

Chicago, as of November 20th of last year, is even more my kind of town than it used to be, thanks to the newly inaugurated Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. The idea for the Hall of Fame came out of a meeting of the Chicago Writers' Association two years ago, when one of its members, Donald Evans, mentioned that he'd recently been to Dublin and had been quite taken with the Writers' Museum there. The Association liked the idea of Chicago getting its own literary center, and put Evans, a novelist and former sports writer for the Chicago Sun Times, in charge of setting things in motion. Since then, he's had the distinct honor of carting around the contents of the Hall in the trunk of his black Hyundai Sonata. As of November, the Hall—or rather, cardboard box—of Fame, contained such relics of Chicago's literary history as an original playbill of Lorraine Hansberry’s "Raisin in the Sun," a portrait of Studs Terkel, and a framed copy of the poem "We Real Cool," by Gwendolyn Brooks.

The Guardian profiles singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn.

City of Refuge is a lavish record that turns the heat under Washburn's melting pot a further few notches. The title track grafts an Appalachian melody to a Blind Willie Johnson song, then adds a haunting string arrangement by Scottish fiddler Jeremy Kittel and a layer of backwards noise reminiscent of the Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows. It is the most personal of Washburn's albums to date, with some starkly autobiographical lyrics alluding to troubled teen years.

The Frontal Cortex explains the neuroscience of music.

Robot 6 lists Daniel Clowes movies they haven't made (yet).

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Ryan Adams' latest album, III/IV.

Tower of Sleep interviews Destroyer's Dan Bejar about his new album, Kaputt.

Flavorwire lists 10 indie rock side projects you should know.

Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, the singer-songwriter's latest album, is available on a pay-what-you-want basis (and can be had for as little as 69 cents).

The Lifted Brow, one of my favorite magazines that combines music, literature, and comics, is now bi-monthly.

Conversational Reading previews 2011's interesting new books.

Alternate Side shares videos of WFUV live sessions and interviews, including sets by the Moondoggies, School of Seven Bells, and much more.

The 16 titles and judges for this year's Tournament of Books at The Morning News has been announced.

Tuesday's updates to the online "best books of 2010" lists included the A.V. Clubs best books, Blake Butler's favorite books, the Village Voice's best comics and graphic novels, and more.

Wednesday's updates to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included two 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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