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November 28, 2012

Shorties (A Hipster Lit Flowchart, The Rise and Fall of Obscure Music Blogs, and more)

Goodreads shares a hipster lit flowchart.


The Awl hosts a roundtable discussion on the rise and fall of obscure music blogs.


15 year-end music lists have been added to the master aggregation today, including Paste Magazine's songs of the year, cartoonist Jeph Jacques' albums of the year, NME's albums of the year, and much more.


23 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including NPR's short story collections of the year, EarlyWord's spreadsheet of the best YA and children's book lists, several cookbook lists, and much more.


The Detroit News reviews recent memoirs by musicians Pete Townshend, Neil Young, and Rod Stewart.


Author Andre Aciman walks the Daily Beast through his everyday routine.


Author Glen David Gold talks about collecting original comic art with Pop Candy.


Mountain Goats bassist Peter Hughes talks to Urban Tulsa Weekly about the band's history.

Looking back, Hughes has been grateful for the band's slow, but steady evolution. "It's funny how our music culture has developed in the U.S. over the last five to ten years," he said. "The way music journalism has shifted to the Internet and the whole blog culture, it's kind of like the old U.K. tabloid music culture. There's such a high rate of turnover because bands get hyped and then disappear if they don't live up to it. I just feel we're really lucky that we've managed over a twenty year arc to maintain a very gradual, organic, slow growth through touring and word of mouth."


The Charleston City Paper profiles singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.

The concerns in his songs, whether for himself or his characters, are the concerns of the modern Southern man. There's no false cowboy posturing to be found, just a humble, workmanly blues sweetened with a little good humor. On the song "TVA," his narrative travels backward in time, from a 15-year-old boy in the present taking his girl down to a Tennessee Valley Authority dam to his sharecropper grandfather finding work building that same dam.


Fresh Air interviews Gregory D. Johnsen about his new book, The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia.


Spinner interviews Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy about ageism in the music industry and the "dad rock" label.

The whole Dad Rock label . . . when the Stones were in their 40s and middle aged, everybody called them geezers and made jokes. How do you think the perception of 40-something rockers has changed since that time?

When you stick around for such a long time, there's a certain amount of people that maybe resent that -- resent having to see you, you know, get a little thicker around the middle. People, I guess, do a lot of transference with their musical heroes, and they don't like to be reminded they're getting older. And maybe younger people want to see people that look more like them making music.

In the grand scheme of things, Wilco isn't old at all. But there's a certain amount of ageism that's really just as ugly to me as any type of bigotry, and I think it's really ignorant to hold rock 'n' roll or music as an art form to this idea that nobody older than 40 is going to make any music that's interesting.


PopMatters explores the influence of horror comics on the writing of Stephen King.


The Guardian profiles the seminal punk band Rites of Spring.

Rites of Spring offered a new way. Formed by members of the Dischord inner circle (Guy Picciotto, Michael Fellows and Brendan Canty had played together in Insurrection; Eddie Janney had played guitar in the recently split the Faith) their aim was a break from what came before. A listen to Six Song Demo – the group's first ever professional recording, long circulating as a semi-official bootleg but now getting its first ever proper release on Dischord – offers a fascinating early glimpse of what this band took from hardcore, and what they left out. The speed, and the passion, remained. But all shred of machismo was excised, replaced by startling melody, stark expressions of vulnerability and lyrics that reached for the existential. "We are all trapped in visions of the mind," sings Picciotto, on Remainder.


Win Tony Fletcher's new book A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths out in the U.S. soon, here are and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday albums on sale for $5 each.
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Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

The list of online "best of 2012" book lists
The list of online "best of 2012" music lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
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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