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February 6, 2011

Shorties (Bob Marley, Hannah Pittard, and more)

The Jamaica Observer notes Bob Marley's continued chart success three decades after the reggae performer's death.

Hannah Pittard talks to Weekend Edition about her debut novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way.

On sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.89: The 17-track Avett Brothers' Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions album.

The Observer interviews Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys about his new solo album, Hotel Shampoo.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews Gang of Four's Andy Gill about the band's new album, Content.

USA Today reviews Benjamin Hale's new novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore.

The Guardian profiles the band Yuck.

Any idea of Yuck as "saviours" is further tempered by the fact that the sound they are making in 2011 is pretty much the sound a band of indie-loving kids who weren't interested in dance music would have made 20 years ago: a cocktail of Dinosaur Jr noise, Lemonheads melody and Teenage Fanclub's wistfulness. But, by getting excited about music that hasn't been fashionable for years – and matching that enthusiasm with some truly terrific songs – they are making a road-weary sound fresh and exciting.

Crain's New York Business examines the comeback of independent books stores in the city.

All Songs Considered lists embarrassing Green Bay Packers novelty songs.

Last Sunday's update (the final one of the year) to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included I Guess I'm Floating's best songs, Stereogum's most overlooked albums, WFMU DJs' top albums, and much more.

Last Thursday's final update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included The Utne Reader's books of the year,'s best poetry books, the PopMatters' best fiction and nonfiction books, and more.

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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