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December 6, 2012

Shorties (My Bloody Valentine, Christina Schutt, and more)

Drowned in Sound interviews Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine.

DiS: You've already mentioned My Bloody Valentine booking shows for next year. Does this mean there will be a full world tour and possibly UK dates as well?

Debbie Googe: The only definites so far are Japan and Australia. We're doing about half-a-dozen club shows in each and an ATP show in Melbourne. There's nothing confirmed after that but I'd say it's very, very likely. The way we work we will carry on playing other shows and that will almost certainly involve the UK at some point. America too, I just don't know when.

Bookworm interviews Christina Schutt about her new novel Prosperous Friends.

26 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including NPR Music's favorite songs & albums, American Songwriter Magazine's best songs & albums, and much more.

19 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including several from the Los Angeles Public Library, the top novels of The Book Maven (aka Bethanne Patrick), TIME's top fiction and nonfiction, and much more.

Yesterday I posted my favorite novels of 2012. Earlier this week: my favorite short story collections of 2012.

Earache! interviews John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

AC: Do you think songwriters idealize teenage years?

JD: Oh I think the world does. That’s the big shift that takes place in poetry. In the 19th century, there was a huge idealization of the child. That idealization passed towards the teenage years in the Fifties, and I think that idea persists to this day. You see people turning 25 or 26 lamenting the fact that they're getting "old."

The Christian Science Monitor recommends holiday gifts for literature lovers.

All Songs Considered recaps music in 2012.

RIP, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.

Talk of the Nation interviews Melanie Kirkpatrick about her new book, Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad.

Flavorwire shares early demo recordings from famous musicians.

Entertainment Weekly lists 21 classic opening lines in books.

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

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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