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January 25, 2011

Shorties (Wanda Jackson, A New J.D. Salinger Biography, and more)

Legendary singer Wanda Jackson talks to Morning Edition about her new Jack White-produced covers album, The Party Ain't Over.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Kenneth Slawenski's new book, J.D. Salinger: A Life.

The Montreal Gazette profiles the band Les Jupes.

The magically gloomy Modern Myths is an album that should push the quartet through a number of other doors. It slides contemporary folk into a lush fog of subdued prog for a sound that is as epic as it is primal and as stirring as it is sad and introverted -- like Henry V's Agincourt speech whispered beneath the blankets.

At Dzanc Books, Laura van den Berg lists her most anticipated 2011 books.

The Rumpus interviews Vandenberg.

American Songwriter interviews the duo Over the Rhine.

Pop & Hiss interviews Wavves' Nathan Williams and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino about their upcoming tour.

The Magazine of Yoga interviews author Emma Straub.

PopMatters interviews the members of Tom Tom Club about the band's reunion tour.

Switched profiles Bandcamp, calling the website "an indie musician's best (and most profitable) friend.

Help Fund singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston's first full-length comic book on Kickstarter.

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: The Get Up Kids' There Are Rules album.

Basia Bulat plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Derek Walcott has won the TS Eliot Prize for the best new collection of poens published in the UK or Ireland with his book, White Egrets.

The Bay Bridged ponders the question, "Does indie music have a place on the radio?"

15 things you never knew about Charles Dickens.

Drowned in Sound interviews Sam Beam of Iron and Wine about his new album, Kiss Each Other Clean.

The Stanford Daily interviews author Tim O'Brien.

The most recent update 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.

The most recent update 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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