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December 19, 2012

Shorties (The State of Self-Publishing, The A.V. Club's Favorite Holiday Songs of the Past 20 Years, and more)

Morning Edition talks to writers and publishers about the current state of self-publishing.


The A.V. Club lists its favorite holiday songs from the past 20 years.


49 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including Tiny Mix Tapes' favorite albums, Flavorwire's most underrated albums, PopMatters' most disappointing albums, and much more.


54 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the favorite books of New York Times critics, James Wood of the New Yorker's best books, Kirkus Reviews' best indie 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


Picador asks authors about their favorite parties, both fictional and real.


NPR Music shares a recent performance by the Mountain Goats.


Flavorwire shares self-deprecating quotes from famous authors.


All Songs Considered shares a playlist of holiday songs.


XX Factor recommends two books to read (or re-read) in the wake of the Newtown tragedy.


The Oxford American profiles singer-songwriter and producer Dale Hawkins.

Why wasn't dale a bigger star than he was? He always had the best bands, played with the best musicians—James Burton and Scotty Moore, who both played with Elvis; Roy Buchanan; Carl Adams, arguably one of rock's finest, who played his guitar upside-down, with his pick taped to his hand because he'd had two fingers blown off by a shotgun. The music they made was called "rockabilly," a label Dale still resists. In retrospect, his music does sound more raw, less varnished than the music of his peers. The songs I listened to in his studio—played fast and rowdy and sung with feeling—had hooks so catchy they were almost itchy. Dale recorded dozens, if not hundreds, of these songs, which were never released. Whether they would have matched the success of "Susie Q" is impossible to say.


Slate points out what children read through history.


The Atlantic Wire lists 2012's worst words.


December's Music Alliance Pact shares 39 songs from 39 countries, curated by 39 different music bloggers.


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 1,300 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 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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