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January 23, 2011

Shorties (The Jayhawks, Liz Phair, and more)

The Chicago Sun-Times profiles the reunited Jayhawks.

Today, the Jayhawks are considered one of the early cornerstones, along with the Jeff Tweedy/Jay Farrar-led Uncle Tupelo, of the alt-country/Americana movement. But back in the mid-'80s, Louris and Olson, who met in the Minneapolis music scene, were creating a song style that really had no category. They were working in a city with a diverse musical atmosphere that included Prince, Husker Du and the Replacements. They didn't fit in, but in a way they did because of an audience that embraced a wide range of music.

Singer-songwriter Liz Phair visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Austin Town Hall lists bands to watch in 2011.

Filter lists its 20 most anticipated albums of 2011.

Former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Colllins shares the soundtrack of his life at the Observer.

20 essential works of Latin-American literature.

Spinner interviews Peter Moren about the forthcoming Peter Bjorn & John album, Gimme Some (out March 29th).

The Observer excerpts from Sarah Mangso's The Two Kinds of Decay, one of the finest memoirs I have ever read.

The Millions offers a primer on the novels of Jean-Philippe Toussaint.

The Observer calls for an end to our obsession with works of art based on real events.

On sale for $3.68 at Amazon MP3: David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World album.

The Chicago Sun-Times profiles the city's "new wave of comic-strip artists."

Daytrotter lists its favorite and most popular live sessions of 2010.

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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