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January 4, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Decemberists Album, Music Blog Zeitgeist 2010, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Decemberists album, The King Is Dead (out January 18th).

The Hype Machine's Music Blog Zeitgeist 2010 has been posted, and contains aggregated lists of the best albums, songs, and artists of the year.

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.

Robert McCrum lists the best boring books.

The Scotsman interviews members of the Vaccines, one of 2011's most highly touted indie bands.

Flavorwire lists new musical genres for 2011.

The Los Angeles Times lists its favorite country music-themed movies.

The Huffington Post interviews Ayelet Waldman about the film adaptation of her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits.

Indie Connect Magazine lists worldwide music conferences happening this year.

Comic Book Resources has comic creators preview 2011's graphic novels and comic books.

LibraryThing interviews author Salman Rushdie.

The Guardian previews 2011's best books.

FACT and My Old Kentucky Blog list albums to look forward to in 2011.

The Line of Best Fit lists artists to watch this year.

The Guardian previews 2011 in pop music.

NPR is streaming Wire's new album, Red Barked Tree (out January 11th).

All Songs Considered premiered a new song from R.E.M.'s forthcoming Collapse Into Now album, "Oh My Heart."

On sale for $1.99 at Amazon MP3: The Flaming Lips' Due To High Expectations...The Flaming Lips Are Providing Needles For Your Balloons album.

Fogged Clarity interviews Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and offers an mp3 download of an acoustic session of three songs from his Days in the Wake 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.

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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