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January 17, 2011

Shorties (The Decemberists, Soviet Punk, and more)

musicOMH interviews Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists about the band's new album, The King Is Dead (out tomorrow).

All Things Considered interviews the band's frontman Colin Meloy.

Music Ruined My Life shares a soviet punk anthology covering the years 1981-1990.

AbeBooks lists rare JFK books.

The Silver Tongue lists 10 cover songs better than the original.

Undertheradar interviews Alex Scally of Beach House.

Earth911 lists five DIY craft projects for used books.

Stereoboard lists the 10 worst cover songs of all time.

Dan Powell lists the best writers' beards.

Flavorwire shares a "hip-hop recipe book," with recipes drawn from lyrics.

Pop & Hiss talks to legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Telekinesis's Parallel Seismic Conspiracies EP for 99 cents.

52 Tapes shares a new streaming themed mixtape every week.

NPR is streaming Gang of Four's new album, Content (out January 25th).

Paste lists six graphic novels that should be adapted into movies.

The Bend Bulletin's Frequency blog shares a two-disc mp3 compilation of 2010's best songs.

Flavorwire shares photos of celebrities' home libraries.

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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