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January 6, 2012

Shorties (Portlandia, Leonard Cohen, and more)

Carrie Brownstein talks to Billboard about her television series, Portlandia.

"To me, the term ["hipster"] is benign. Is it a way of dressing? Is it a lifestyle? Is it about the possessions somebody owns? Is it because they have a beard... because there are so many kinds of beards! To me, it is a shorthand for something that people are a little bit threatened by, because it is always used as a derisive term. No one is ever gushing, 'He was just an amazing hipster!' The moment you throw that word in, you are undermining any aspect of that person."

Her co-star Fred Armisen discusses the show with Metro.

Up on the Sun lists Portlandia's top music moments.

The Victoria Times-Colonist offers an overview of Leonard Cohen's music career.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Sunday with 123 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including BrooklynVegan's favorite albums and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated Monday with 81 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including Washington Post book critic Ron Charles' favorite novels and many others.

Headline of the day: "Charles Dickens has been ruined by the BBC."

Morning Edition explores the importance of workout music.

Art Attack lists the top five pop literary lexicons.

Actress Parker Posey shares a music playlist with The Music Mix.

Stylist lists literary quotes to cure a bad mood.

The Guardian Music Blog finds Tumblr a great platform for building music communities.

What makes Tumblr so good for this? The networkedness of it gives new ideas the chance to find an audience and encourages collaboration, and for individual bloggers creates some of the intimacy of old print fanzine networks, where you knew a lot of your audience. But more importantly, Tumblr thrives on anonymity and persona building, unlike the "real names" culture of Facebook or Google+. For me, that's a better fit with loving music. On Facebook, the music you listen to flows unobtrusively into the rest your life. But Facebook has no language for how music really intersects with people's lives – transforming them, or simply existing in surreal counterpoint. A story about an old, cracked, metal T-Shirt says more about pop than an anonymous playlist, which is why the collaborative future of music blogging looks as bright as its tastemaking past.

The Quietus excerpts from Adam Harper's new book, Infinite Music: Imagining the Next Millennium of Human Music-Making.

Stereogum lists 10 classic albums released 10 years into a band's career.

At The Nation, Sara Marcus reviews Simon Reynolds' latest book, Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past.

The National Post calls Nathan Englander's forthcoming short story collection What We Talk About When We talk About Anne Frank "the recipient of the greatest collection of blurbs ever."

The New York Times and NPR review the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood.

Filmmaker Tran Anh Hung and actress Rinko Kikuchi discuss the film at

The "Song Map" art print features streets that have been mentioned in song lyrics. (via)

The Millions examines the current trend of books with soundtracks. (Disclosure: I was interviewed for the article.)

io9 lists exciting winter 2012 comics.

The Wall Street Journal explores generational bias and how it affects musical tastes.

Christopher Hitchen's final essay at Vanity Fair.

Tinariwen plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Daily (w)rite offers tips to adapt a well-known story for fiction. (via)

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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