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December 29, 2011

Shorties (The Alabama Shakes, Books on the Civil War, and more)

Express Night Out profiles the Alabama Shakes.

The American Spectator explores important books about the Civil War.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Monday with 105 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation, including several lists from the Los Angeles Times' music blog Pop & Hiss, Folkways Magazine's best albums, Rolling Stones' best under the radar albums, and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 49 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including NPR's best music books, the Guardian's best short story collections, and many others.

The Guardian explores the controversy surrounding the female-driven comics anthology Bayou Arcana. (via)

Gizmodo lists the best songs ever written about a robot friend.

Page Views recommends ushering in New year's day with a book.

Robert Frost once called poetry "a momentary stay against confusion," a description that applies to any good book. If New Year's Eve is about reflecting on what has transpired and looking forward to what may come, I can't imagine a better partner for that project than the printed page.

The New Yorker lists the best year-end music lists.

The Guardian recaps 2011 in the music industry.

amNY recommends 10 books to read in 2012.

DC9 at Night and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recommend 2012 music releases,

Jezebel lists 13 fantastic comics creators of 2011.

Morning Edition interviews Cut Copy's Dan Whitford.

A decade later, the group is touring the world and playing at festivals in front of thousands of fans at a time. More than a few music writers have compared Cut Copy's sound to another Australian band, Men At Work, but Cut Copy's members say it's not an intentional 1980s throwback. At the same time, however, Whitford says he isn't afraid to take inspiration directly from music he loves.

GOOD explains why Amazon is the next top tech company.

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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