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December 22, 2012

Shorties (Christopher Lee's New Heavy Metal Christmas Single, Colm Toibin Reads a New Short Story, and more)

Preview the two tracks from 90 year old actor Christopher Lee's new holiday single, A Heavy Metal Christmas at Daily Dead.

Colm Toibin reads a short story inspired by Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness at the Guardian Books podcast.

61 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including Pitchfork's top albums, Rob Sheffield's best albums, Laura Snapes' albums & tracks (highly recommended for her commentary), and much more.

53 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including USA TODAY's books of the year,'s best dog books, Library Journal's top books, and much more.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

Complex lists the 25 best Christmas albums.

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Robin Sloan and his debut novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.

"The startup guy has gotten short shrift in literature. He's either forgotten or mocked," says Sloan. "Fiction is about cataloging characters - I wanted to finally add him to the catalog."

Read more:"

Wham City's 8th Annual Baltimas holiday album is available as a free download, and includes tracks by Dan Deacon, Alex Scally of Beach House, Ed Schrader of Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Drew & Erin of Showbeast, Lizz King and many, many more.

The Bygone Bureau editors discuss their favorite online writing of the year.

Digital Music News lists 99 problems with the music industry today.

KQED's Edspace visits the studio of cartoonist Thien Pham, who discusses his new graphic novel Sumo.

The Polyphonic Spree play a holiday Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Writers and thinkers recap 2012's most and least important events of 2012 at The Morning News.

Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day through the end of the year.

Win the cookbook Bouchon Bakery 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 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 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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