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December 15, 2011

Shorties (Literary Gift Ideas, St. Vincent, and more)

Contextual Life gets literary gift ideas from a variety of bookish NYC folk (including myself).

NOW Magazine profiles St. Vincent's Annie Clark.

"Off-kilter" aptly describes Clark's flawlessly executed blend of the beautiful and the ugly. A connoisseur of fuzz, she pits pretty arpeggiated lines against guttural grunge and atmospheric sounds that give songs like Cheerleader and Year Of The Tiger an unsettling slow-motion or underwater feel. In a recent interview, she listed seven pedals she keeps in constant use. Clearly she spends a lot of time in guitar stores.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 72 year-end music lists added today including MTV's top songs, Chromewaves' favourite albums, PopMatters' most disappointing albums, and many more lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 28 year-end books lists added to the master aggregation today, including my favorite novels, NPR's best novels, the Washington Post's top cookbooks, and many other lists.

VICE offers suggestions on how to sell records like the Smiths.

BBC News lists six things Charles Dickens gave the world.

Bob Mould performs and discusses Sugar's "Hoover Dam" at the A.V. Club.

Flavorwire shares a brief guide to fictional languages in literature.

Scientific American lists 10 novels that will sharpen your mind and boost your social skills. (via)

Diego Garcia (former Elefant frontman) visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Bookworm interviews Stephen Greenblatt about his book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction.

Drowned in Sound interviews Tom Fleming and Chris Talbot of Wild Beasts.

At The Browser, literary critic Michael Dirda recommends five Sherlock Holmes books.

At NPR Books, David Anthony recommends three books on masquerading identities.

Cover Lay Down shares a collection of winter song covers.

My favorite new (to me) publishing blog is Faber's The Thoughtful Fox.

The Quietus interviews filmmaker and electronic musician David Lynch.

The Book Show interviews Granta editor John Freeman about why we love horror stories. (via)

NPR is streaming last night's Washington performance by Beirut.

Penguin is offering a free holiday eSampler containing excerpts from 40 of the publisher's past, present, and future titles.

Win one of three Threadless gift certificates 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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