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January 5, 2013

Shorties (Rumors About The Arcade Fire's Next Album, The Relevance of Choose Your Own Adventure Books, and more)

Spinner lists the top five rumors about the next Arcade Fire album.


The A.V. Club reflects on the Choose Your Own Adventure books, and wonders if they are still relevant to today's youth.


64 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including the favorite songs of World Cafe's David Dye, Twang Nation's best Americana and roots music albums, and much more.


43 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including the Telegraph's top YA 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


The New Yorker lists the 30 top selling albums of all time.


LitReactor shares a list of publications that publish short stories.


The A.V. Club reviews Gene Simmons' 2001 memoir Kiss and Make-Up.


Jami Attenberg discusses food and her novel The Middlesteins with Fork in the Road.


Flavorwire lists 10 musical acts to watch in 2013.


The Guardian previews 2013's new books.


Flavorwire recommends 10 new songs you need to hear this week.


Lisa O'Donnell talks to Weekend Edition about her new novel, The Death of Bees.

On why, despite the drugs, gore and abuse, O'Donnell still thinks of her novel as a young adult book

"I think there's a narrow margin. I mean, I hate saying this, but there are 15-year-olds and there are 15-year-olds. Young girls do fantasize about the absence of their own parents, wishing they weren't around. It's not a nice thing to say but, you know, frustrated teenagers. I don't think that there's anything in there that would surprise your average parent. I think that they're aware of the dangers their children face. And if they're not, they should be."


Flavorwire lists 20 books every woman should read in her 20s.


A Blog Supreme is taking nominations for its list of 50 quintessential jazz vocals.


The National Post lists the 13 most anticipated books of 2013's first half.


Amazon MP3 offers 100 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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