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December 14, 2011

Shorties (Wilco, A Literary Gift-Giving Guide, and more)

Chicagoist breaks down Wilco's album-opening tracks through the band's career.

Vouched shares a literary gift-giving guide.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 40 lists added to the master aggregation including Pitchfork's music videos and songs of the year, Stereogum's msuic videos of the year, and many other lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 42 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including 14 cookbook lists and many others.

HTMLGIANT pairs the book Dune with the beer Budweiser.

On sale for $3.99 today at Amazon MP3: The Goat Rodeo Sessions album, by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile.

Show Tracker looks back on television adaptations of Stephen King's works.

All Songs Considered shares footage from the Talking Heads documentary Chronology.

HTMLGIANT interviews Brad Listi about his literary podcast, Other People with Brad Listi.

A Blog Supreme profiles surrealist music photographer Michael Weinttrob.

At Write Place, Write Time, author Peter Straub shares a peek into his office.

SPIN lists the 40 greatest comedy albums of all time.

At the Paris Review, Emma Straub shares her adoration of Miss Piggy.

Why did Miss Piggy speak to me so clearly, her voice like a beacon in the darkness of adolescence? I think it was because she never apologized for being big and bossy, for having expensive taste, for loving a (very) skinny frog. Looking at her now, I know she's supposed to be something of a joke, a glutton with a temper problem, but I just can’t see her that way. For me, Miss Piggy will always be the kind of pig I want to meet for tea at the Plaza, dressed to the nines. We all need mentors, and mine happens to be a Muppet.

The Key interviews Philadelphia singer-songwriter Attia Taylor.

TK: You’ve cited artists like St. Vincent and Imogean Heap as influences. What is it that draws you to their music and that particular style?

AT: I really like the innovation that they aren't afraid to use in their music. When I'm recording I don’t have any rules, I don’t have any limitations. I don't ever think, "Somebody will think this is weird." I'll just do it. I think they kind of feel the same way. Like Imogean Heap, I know she goes shopping for the oddest instruments she can find and decides to put them on her album. And that's what I kind of want to do. I don't ever want to think my voice sounds funny. I think I should embrace something like that, having my voice sound weird. [Laughs.]

Visible Voice shares its favorite live music recordings of 2011.

The Guardian wonders what became of illustrations in fiction.

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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