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November 28, 2011

Shorties (Bon Iver, Kurt Vonnegut, and more)

Time reviews the digital deluxe edition of Bon Iver's self-titled album, out tomorrow.

While the short films themselves are hypnotic and enchanting, the "Deluxe Edition" is less notable as a catalog of music videos than as a rethinking of the way albums can engage the consumer in a high-tech world. Yes, Bjork has augmented a new album with an iPad app. And yes, musicians releasing additional music videos, hidden tracks and concert footage to boost store sales is hardly a novel strategy. But the fact that this Bon Iver "Deluxe Edition" is being released digitally, is chiefly intended for people to enjoy on their computers, smart phones and tablets, and has been crafted as a sort of avant-garde collage leaves me intrigued. Could this be a future business model for artists to expand upon their songs, fostering additional revenue streams in the process? Even as I have gotten used to listening to music while staring at a Pandora or Spotify homepage on my computer, does this "Deluxe Edition" indicate a new way in which playlists on digital devices could be made more engaging?

In These Times reviews two recently published books about Kurt Vonnegut, Gregory Sumner's Unstuck in Time: A Journey Through Kurt Vonnegut’s Life and Novels and Charles J. Shields' And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 22 new lists, including several by Piccadilly Records, and Salon's list of the year's catchiest songs (submitted by musicians), and many more year-end music lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 25 new lists, including the Globe and Mail & Guardian's books of the year list, the New York Times' cookbooks of the year, and many more interesting year-end "best books" lists.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel profiles the band Beirut.

The Independent imagines cookbook recipes written by famous authors. (via)

Guardian writers recount their parents' influence on their musical tastes.

Politico lists the books Barack Obama and his daughters purchased Saturday at an independent bookstore.

The Telegraph profiles a woman who lives her life dressed as Charlotte Bronte.

Speakeasy explains the attraction of supernatural fiction to teens.

Guardian readers list their albums of the year.

Scott Wallace talks to Weekend Edition about his new book, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes.

The Guardian is streaming Adele's new album, Live at Royal Albert Hall.

The founders of Big Read Tucson discuss their selection of Emily Dickinson's poetry at Morning Edition.

Monkey See remembers author Anne McCaffrey.

Win Stephen King's new novel 11/15/63 and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
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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