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January 11, 2013

Shorties (The U.S. Presidency in Fiction, Coachella Rumors, and more)

PopMatters explores depictions of the U.S. presidency in fiction.


Consequence of Sound rounds up 2013 Coachella festival rumors.


27 year-end music lists were added Wednesday to the master aggregation, including Popblerd's favorite albums, Entertainment for Dudes' top albums, and many more.


41 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including GeekDad's best books, LitChat's favorite books, and many 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


Paste previews its 25 most anticipated albums of 2013.


Johnny Marr talks to the Guardian about the Smiths, Morrissey, and his forthcoming solo album.


The Atlantic Wire recommends young adult historical fiction.


Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers discusses recording the band's epic concept album, Southern Rock Opera, with the Birmingham News in a 2001 interview before the album was released.

"It's about growing up in the South and people's misconceptions of that," says Hood, 37. "You know, thinking everyone here is like George Wallace, and the TV footage of police dogs and the schoolhouse steps. But there was the whole Muscle Shoals music scene going on at the same time, with white musicians backing up people like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett."


Bookworm interviews Amy Willentz about her book Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti.


The Huffington Post shares a playlist for a hipster wedding.


3:AM Magazine has named its books, album, website, and magazine of the year.


The Record previews 2013's under the radar albums.


The Guardian Books blog points out the new Murakami Diary app, a calendar that adds daily Haruki Murakami quotes.


Spinner lists the 16 best albums posthumously released.


Author sandra Cisneros plays guest DJ at Alt. Latino.


PopMatters lists the 15 best Tom Waits songs.


The Telegraph profiles England's thriving performance poetry scene.

In a room at the back of a dark, dank pub in East London a group of people are heckling a man with a microphone. "Two out of ten!" shouts someone; "seven out of ten!" shouts another as the room laughs. The man onstage could be a stand-up comedian being bothered by a rowdy audience. But this isn't comedy – this is poetry.


BuzzFeed lists fans' unfortunate musician tattoos.


The Guardian explores how the Random House/Penguin merger will change publishing.


Flavorwire lists 10 unexpected and great mixtapes from musicians who aren't DJs.


Win Juliann Garey's debut novel Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See 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 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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