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January 19, 2011

Shorties (PJ Harvey, William Gibson, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews PJ Harvey about her new album, Let England Shake (out February 15th).

Jack Move interviews author William Gibson.

The Jew and the Carrot talks food and music with singer-songwriter Clare Burson.

The Guardian lists the top dead bodies in literature.

SF Weekly profiles cellist Zoe Keating.

"The technology creates this little box that you're always pushing against the edges of," she says. "I find it really good to have these limitations of [recording] latency or RAM or even frustration — all those things are annoying, but they actually create the music." This goes double for her live shows, where her compositions sometimes wander off into new territories. "When I make mistakes I have to incorporate them into the performance, so many of my pieces are the result of happy accidents," she admits: "I'll do something onstage that might be a disaster, but I have to save it, and afterward I kind of like the way it happened. There's something about being frustrated with computers that leads to interesting musical forms."

Pitchfork reviews Archers of Loaf's recent reunion show.

NPR lists three modern fictional fables to capture your imagination.

The Village Voice has released the results of its 2010 Pazz and Jop music critics poll.

Tablet reviews Israel Joshua Singer's recently reissued novel The Brothers Ashkenazi.

In the Village Voice, Simon Reynolds defends the chillwave music genre.

Alternative Press explains why even successful bands break up over money issues.

Author James Ellroy talks to the Los Angeles Times about his new television show, James Ellroy's L.A.: City of Demons. (via)

Stream this past week's Austin City Limits program featuring live performances by The National and Band of Horses.

PEN talks to Aleksandar Hemon, Yiyun Li, and others about the challenges of writing short stories, as well as their literary status.

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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