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December 17, 2011

Shorties (M83, Top Comic Book Television Series, and more)

The Guardian profiles the band M83.

Anthony's new-found confidence is audible on his records, too. M83's recently released sixth album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is a bombastic double-disc affair, its proggier space-rock excesses counterbalanced by incisive melodies. You'll have heard snatches of the music, even if you don't know it; M83's songs have been used to inject a bit of epic thrust into TV shows from Top Gear to CSI. Somewhat incongruously, fulgent recent single Midnight City, one of 2011's most euphoric pop moments, was also the theme tune for E4's Made In Chelsea. Luckily, Anthony seems amused rather than offended when we explain that it's nothing more than a time-wasting reality TV show about a load of posh berks.

IGN lists the top 25 comic book television shows.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 74 online year-end music lists added to the master aggregation today, including Pitchfork's top albums, New York Times critics' albums of the year, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 39 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation today including Tobias Carroll's notable music writing, three lists from the Los Angeles Public Library, and many more.

All Things Considered and the BBC News remember Christopher Hitchens.

The New York Times examines television's increasing number of adaptations of modern literary novels.

Cat Power's Chan Marshall announced she is releasing a new holiday charity single on Christmas day.

The Irish Times finds that rumors of the death of the CD have been highly exaggerated.

io9 lists 10 satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future. (via)

Gem Club plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Grasping for the Wind examines the pitfalls of self-publishing.

The Guardian Music Blog declares 2011 "the year of the mixtape."

The Paris Review interviews Gary Lutz about his new story collection, Divorcer.

Your work often gives the impression of being driven, in some way, by language itself, and I wonder how that works when you are writing.

Almost everything starts with language. The narrators and characters just seem to set foot out of the syntax itself. I’m a lousy describer of the world and its people as they go through their commotions of growth and decay. Maybe I’m just not much of a noticer. I never got the knack of eye contact.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: the compilation album The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams.

Flavorwire stereotypes people by their favorite book of 2011.

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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