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January 16, 2013

Shorties (Stream New Kim Deal Songs, Lena Dunham's Ideal Bookshelf, and more)

Stream two new Kim Deal solo tracks at The Line of Best Fit.

Vulture shares Lena Dunham's ideal bookshelf.

27 year-end music lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation, including Dennis Cooper's best albums, Earbuddy's favorite songs, and many more.

41 lists were added Sunday 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

PopMatters interviews singer-songwriter A.C. Newman.

Rock music is generally supposed to be simple and direct. Do you worry that your music will be considered "pretentious" because it's complex?

I've heard all the criticisms. They'll stone you no matter what you do. With the advent of the really simple, primal two-person rock band, there is that attitude. If something is really ornate and baroque, people just aren't into it. At the same time, Grizzly Bear are ornate and baroque and are massively popular.

It's interesting to think about the influence of Brian Wilson. At the core of it, I like the way the chords move in his songs. I listen to "God Only Knows" and I think, I want to write a song that moves like that. And yet, when I play it, it's like a garage rock song. But then there are other bands that take the production style of The Beach Boys but write songs that are a lot simpler than Wilson's. A lot of bands have really mastered that delivery style.

The Guardian lists the top 10 preachers in literature.

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers visits American Songwriter for an interview and live performance.

LiveHacked lists the top 100 blogs for writers.

Yo La Tengo's new album Fade is on sale this week for $5 at Amazon MP3.

Whole Foods founder John Mackey talks to Morning Edition about his new book Conscious Capitalism.

Tom Waits and Anton Corbijn talk to the Telegraph about their forthcoming book of photographs Waits/Corbijn.

The 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards finalists have been announced.

Ra Ra Riot is streaming its new album Beta Love (out January 22nd) on YouTube.

WNYC's Soundcheck interviews George Saunders about his new short story collection.

Rolling Stone offers a track-by-track preview of David Bowie's new album, The Next Day (out March 12th).

Win two bar-related memoirs, Rosie Schaap's Drinking with Men and J.R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar, and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's contest at Largehearted Boy.

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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