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December 18, 2011

Shorties (New Sleigh Bells Single, 50 Things About Literary Life, and more)

SPIN is streaming a new Sleigh Bells single from the band's forthcoming Reign of Terror album.

At the Observer, Robert McCrum lists 50 things about the literary life.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 47 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation, including the Los Angeles Times' top pop albums, NPR's best folk albums, and many others..

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday 29 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including USA Today's best graphic novels, the Wall Street Journal's best novels, and many others.

The Nervous Breakdown excerpts from Karen Karbo's new book How Georgia Became O'Keefe: Lessons on the Art of Living.

Sons of Anarchy music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr. discusses several of his soundtrack choices at Popwatch.

The Telegraph shares a Christmas short story by Lionel Shriver.

Flavorwire offers a brief history of Manchester music.

At the Los Angeles Times, critic David L. Ulin recounts his year in books.

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell talks baseball with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Blogging for a Good Book shares a sortable spreadsheet of titles featured on year-end "best of 2011" books lists.

Weekend Edition explores the lasting influence of guitarist and producer Chet Atkins on modern music.

Filmmaker David Fincher gives Superhero Hype updates on the film adaptations of the comics Black Hole and The Goon.

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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