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November 26, 2012

Shorties (TV Shows Better Than Their Literary Inspirations, The Guardian's Albums of the Year, and more)

Flavorwire lists 10 television shows that were better than the books they were adapted from.


The Guardian is counting down its albums of the year.


21 year-end music lists have been added to the master aggregation today, including KCRW DJs' albums of the year, Sabotage Times' best hip-hop albums, and much more.


29 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including several lists from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Globe and Mail, Cat Wisdom 101's top cat books of the year, and much more.


Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton discuss the writing and recording of the Jam's "Town Called Malice" with the Guardian.


PopMatters reviews Laina Dawes' new book, What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.

Metal and punk don't always respond well to critical analysis, and Dawes’s commitment to starting a long-overdue conversation is courageous. What Are You Doing Here? reaches out to black women, offering them support and encouragement, but its themes are universal—it is a potent reminder of the need to confront the inequalities that discourage any and all individuals from participating in whatever music scenes they desire.


PopMatters profiles the band Black Moth Super Rainbow.

Black Moth Super Rainbow has been making its candy-colored, vocoder-filtered, Rhodes-and-synthesizer-shimmering psych since the mid-00s, emerging, appropriately enough (at least in lepidopteral terms), from another band called satanstompingcaterpillars.


Flavorwire lists 10 things you didn't know about Tarzan.


All Things Considered interviews Martha Wainwright about her latest album, Come Home to Mama.

On embracing adulthood

"It's very interesting to have gone from essentially a pot-smoking hippie, living in a one-room [apartment] in Williamsburg and writing songs, to someone who now is concerned with women's health. ... It's just crazy; I don't know what happened. I should have probably started earlier — maybe not having children, but just getting responsible."


Morning Edition interviews Ellen Forney about her new graphic novel Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir.


Coilhouse explores the culture of misogyny in industrial music.


All Things Considered interviews Rose Styron about the new book Selected Letters of William Styron, which she edited.


Weekend Edition interviews singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.


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.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,600 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 33,000 free and legal mp3s.


Follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


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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