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November 24, 2011

Shorties (tUnE-yArDs, Chad Harbach, and more)

World Cafe features a live performance by tUnE-yArDs.

Baseball Nation wraps up its interview with Chad Harbach about his novel The Art of Fielding.

My annual List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists launched earlier this week, and will be updated as new lists emerge online.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 13 lists, including Readings' best food and cooking books, Shelf Unbound's best small press books, and many more year-end "best books" lists.

NOW profiles singer-songwriter Kathryn Calder.

Calder is upbeat and genuine, much like the music on her bold sophomore album, Bright And Vivid (File Under: Music). Refreshingly light on electric guitar, it's driven by her bell-clear vocals and layered synths, and peppered with strings, pump organ, horns, percussion and oddities like the sound of her kitchen's gas stove turning on. She has a way with melody – hers move in constantly unexpected directions.

RIP, author Anne McCaffrey.

PopMatters lists the 10 best Fugazi songs.

At CNN, author Heidi Durrow discusses the moment she knew she wanted to write.

All Songs Considered lists 10 reasons to visit your local record store on Black Friday.

NPR Music shares a streaming Thanksgiving music mix.

Chamber Four has updated its eReader comparison.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards talk to World Cafe about the Rolling Stones' recently remastered Some Girls album.

Sarah Glidden's cartoon essay on Occupy Miami.

Win mental_floss: The Book: The Greatest Lists in the History of Listory 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.

Follow me on Twitter, Google+, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

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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