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December 11, 2012

Shorties (Yo La Tengo Hanukkah Show Recordings, Weird Christmas Books, and more)

NYCTaper is recording and sharing mp3s of Yo La Tengo's 2012 Hanukkah residency in Hoboken.

PWxyz lists weird Christmas books.

38 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation yesterday, including song of the year lists from Said the Gramophone, MTV, and Gorilla vs. Bear.

21 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including Brain Pickings' best history books, Tobias Carroll's favorite new books, and Kirkus Reviews' best teen books.

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

The New York Times profiles author Ayana Mathis and the buzz around her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.

“I’m permanently stunned right now,” she said the other day over coffee in a noisy bistro in Brooklyn, where she lives with her partner, Nikki Terry, a painter. “It’s terrifying and deeply fortunate to get this much attention for a first novel. It’s a lot of pressure, a lot of expectation.”

musicOMH interviews singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

Stacked wraps up its series on YA book cover trends.

The Observer interviews Oliver Sacks about his new book, Hallucinations.

It seems that such visual disorders at certain points in history have been more "believable" and also, therefore, more commonly noted?

Yes, in other places and at other times, hallucinations were far more acceptable. Up to about 1800, people were allowed to have visions or to hear voices. They were seen to have some external spiritual reality; they were ghosts or angels or demons. The word hallucination only really became a pejorative at the end of the 18th or early 19th century. We still associate it with madness. But how those who hallucinate understand what they see also changes. We are more likely to see UFOs and aliens when people in earlier times would see angels.

Tablet examines Leonard Cohen's Phil Spector-produced album Death of a Ladies Man, track-by-track.

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the most famous album you've probably never heard. Its creators, Leonard Cohen and Phil Spector, couldn't have been more poorly matched: one, the audacious composer of teenage pop symphonies who had by most accounts gone entirely crazy, the other the singer of small and sad songs accompanied by grim guitars. What they created, after many nights of writing in Spector’s Los Angeles mansion and many days of recording in a studio dense with musicians, guns, and backup singers like Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, was grotesque but also supremely interesting. All there is to know about the history of American pop music, about the place of Jews in American culture, about Cohen, about Spector, is there in Death of a Ladies' Man.

Fresh Air interviews Daniel Handler about his new lemony Snicket album, Who Could You Be at This Hour?.

Flavorwire lists 20 classic female-fronted hip-hop tracks.

Lyle Lovett plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

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

Win my favorite book of 2012, Chris Ware's comics collection Building Stories, 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 has 22 classic R&B and soul albums on sale for $2.99 each.
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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