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January 1, 2012

Shorties (Ryan Adams, 2012's Notable Books, and more)

Weekend Edition profiles singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.

On sale today at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: Adams' latest album Ashes & Fire.

The Telegraph previews 2012's notable books month-by-month.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated Friday with 205 year-end music lists added to the master aggregation including the A.V. Club's least essential albums and many others.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 81 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation, including io9's science fiction and fantasy books, NPR's best poems, iFanboy's best books about comics, and many others.

The Tennessean profiles Noisetrade, a website that gives digital albums away for free.

"It takes a while for a musician to wrap their head around the idea of giving away music in order to sell more music, but it works," the East Nashville-based Webb says.

PopBytes lists 2012's most anticipated music releases.

Whatculture! lists the top 10 comic news stories of 2011.

Mother Jones recommends 12 hangover songs to kick off 2012.

The Duluth News Tribune profiles steampunk artist Richard Rosvall.

At the Guardian, an op-ed piece lists the benefits of reading.

Ellis Avery talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel The Last Nude.

The Guardian Books podcast and the Independent preview the promising books of 2012.

All Things Considered recaps the year in pop music.

The Observer profiles three new authors to watch in 2012, Harriet Lane, Chibundu Onuzo, and Faramerz Dabhoiwala.

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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