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December 3, 2012

Shorties (Great Cartoon Bands, A New Short Story Prize for Unpublished Writers, and more)

Riffraf lists five great cartoon bands.

The Spectator compares The White Review's new short story prize for unpublished writers with the Costa Prize.

32 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation today, including Magnet's best noise and hip hop albums, the New Yorker's notable classical albums, and much more.

25 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's favorite books, several from the New York Times, and much more.

Comic Book Resources interviews Guy Delisle about his graphic novel Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City.

Spin shares an oral history of Bikini Kill's self-titled EP.

Publishers Weekly interviews Blake Butler about his new novel Sky Saw.

Weekend Edition interviews Alan Light about his new book, The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah."

The WTF Podcast interviews J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.

The A.V. Club reviews Jami Attenberg's new novel The Middlesteins.

The Middlesteins calls back to Richard Ford's untidy domestic dramas, which spill out into the streets beyond. In this book, the promise of the nuclear family isn’t enough to hold the center, but it appeals to the view that community can bind tighter than blood.

All Things Considered interviews Ian MacKaye about his latest band, The Evens.

On quiet shows in alternative spaces

MacKaye: "It's crazy the amount of money it costs to put a show on, so if you're trying to put a show on for a low ticket price, you're up against it. So we discussed finding a way to split off from that system, and one way to do it was just to turn down the volume. Turning down allowed us to play basically anywhere. ... It's so great to play in a barn, or a museum, or an art gallery, or a theater lobby. Quite often, when you put music into an unusual or untraditional space, in many cases, the music really steps up. It's not being filtered through the venue experience as much."

Flavorwire lists 25 books overlooked by the New York Times in its list of 2012 notable books.

Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day until Christmas.

Screenwriter and director Gary Ross talks to All Things Considered about his new children's book, Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind.

The Helio Sequence visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Win Brad Tolinski's new book Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page and a $100 Threadless gift certificate 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.

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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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