January 10, 2017

Book Notes - Woody Woodmansey "Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie"

Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Woody Woodmansey's memoir Spider from Mars follows the drummer for David Bowie's Spiders from Mars band through the recording of The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Aladdin Sane albums and worldwide tours.


In his own words, here is Woody Woodmansey's Book Notes music playlist for his memoir Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie:



My book is about my memories of being David Bowie's drummer in the band Spiders From Mars so it already contains recollections of recording four albums and touring the world performing the songs from those albums. In order to write this it has brought back memories of all those songs and made me look again at what it felt like to be a contributing part of songs that have become rock and roll history. So music and its influence and inspiration is what drove us every day. Never thinking for a minute I would be re-living it all again over forty years later and telling the story!


"Ode To Joy" Stanley Kubrick Music - A Clockwork Orange

In my book I felt it was important to try to convey the feeling of anticipation and excitement, the adrenaline rush that always occurred prior to walking out on stage and delivering a David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars show.

Bowie had chosen this piece of music as our intro music and it was the perfect counterpoint being a Beethoven classical piece with an electronic arrangement.

It was arranged this way for the soundtrack of the movie A Clockwork Orange and it quickly became the cue for the band and the audience that the show was about to start.

Whenever I hear 'Ode To Joy' I always feel like I should be getting ready to walk on stage.

I listened to it many times whilst writing the book and it helped bring back memories I would have missed.


"The Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud"

I had just re-located from the north of England on guitarist and friend Mick Ronson's recommendation in order to join Bowie's band. I didn't know much about Bowie and thought he was a folk singer that had had a hit with 'Space Oddity' and then disappeared.

On my first meeting with him I had a list of boxes in my head that I needed to tick. Could he sing? Could he write? Did he have what it takes? Sounds funny now yeah.

He'd played me some songs from his earlier recordings and they were a bit too folky and lightweight, for me, coming from a progressive rock background. As I wrote I remembered he had picked up his 12 string guitar and sitting just a few feet in front of me, he played this song…by the end of it I'd ticked the boxes and felt I'd made the right decision to join his band.


"Life On Mars"

In the book I talk in detail about the recording of what has become an iconic Bowie song, 'Life On Mars'.

I vividly remember hearing David 'plinky, plonking' on the piano he had in his bedroom. He wasn't an accomplished pianist but was brilliant at putting chords together. I listened as he completed the lyrics…'Micky Mouse has grown up a cow'. That's weird, I remember thinking.

When we went in to the studio to record the song as part of the album Hunky Dory, Rick Wakeman was hired as the pianist.

David said to him 'just treat it as a piano piece'. The result blew us all away and when Ken Scott (co-producer) called us in to hear the finished mix, it was an incredible feeling. I recall thinking 'is that what we sound like?'

That song was a turning point for us as a band. We all realised at that point that Bowie had only just scratched the surface of his actual potential. It is still my favourite song on any Bowie album.


"Starman"

It's funny to think this song was not originally part of the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

We had finished the album and the mixes were sent over to RCA, the record company Bowie was signed to.

They loved it but said 'there isn't a single on here and so we can't release it as it is'.

This was just before Christmas '71. David went away and wrote 'Starman' and we went back in to the studio early January and recorded it.

This was the song, that when released, led to the rocket ride to the top.

It also made sense as it brought a sort of concept together of an alien arriving on earth as a rock star! Without that song the success might never have happened!!

I honestly believe Bowie could write a hit song any time he felt like it…


Woody Woodmansey and Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry
excerpt from the book

Kirkus review

Noisey interview with the author
Phawker interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support the Largehearted Boy website

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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January 10, 2017

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - January 10th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2016" Book Lists:


Adventures in Polishland (best books)
Always & Forever Reading (top books)
As Told by Sissy (favorite books)
CK's Reading Corner (top books)
A Dash of Ash (favorite books)
Delicate Eternity (favourite books)
fangirlfashionista (best and wrst books)
Forbes (best books about birds and birding)
Fourth & Sycamore (favorite books)
Freddiereads (favorite books)
GeekDad (best books)
ICPE Mission Singapore (favorite books)
Library of Michigan (Michigan books)
Life as Leels (best young adult books)
Martha Reynolds Writes (favorite books)
Ministry Musings (best fiction)
Muddy Colors (best books)
My Byrd Life (top nonfiction books)
My Parisian Books (top books)
Note to Selph (top books)
Notes from the Train (top books)
The Oklahoman (best graphic novels)
On a Sci-fictional Mission (books)
Outgoing Signals (best books)
Rachael Richardson Bullock (favourite books)
The Rat's Den (favorite books)
Red Violet (best books)
Retirement 2.0 (best books)
Secular Cinephile (favorite books)
She Missions (best books)
Somewhere Only We Know (best books)
Stuff That Needs Saying (top books)
Suzy's Cozy World (best books)
Tommy Wilkerson (top books)
zoe.thinks (best books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)

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Shorties (Michael Cunningham on Collaborating with David Bowie, The Most Anticipated Albums of 2017, and more)

Michael Cunningham discussed his musical theatre collaboration with David Bowie at GQ.


The A.V. Club and Flavorwire listed the most anticipated albums of 2017.


44 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy Sunday (bringing the total number to 1,589), including Her Story Arc's best feminist books and Thinking Through History's best books.

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller
A Model World by Michael Chabon


Literary Hub interviewed author Mitchell S. Jackson.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed author Joe Halstead.


Stream Gnoomes' new single.


Book Riot previewed 2017's LGBTQ comics.


Dear Nora is reissuing its Mountain Rock album.


The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled author Mark Greif.


Pitchfork reconsidered Massive Attack's Mezzanine album.


The Chicago Tribune and Book Riot previewed 2017's best new books.


Musicians previewed 2017's best new artists at Pitchfork.


Min Jin Lee on selling her first novel.


A 42-track compilation album (featuring Owen Pallett and YACHT) will benefit the Ghost Ship fire victims.


The Story Prize has announced its 2017 finalists.

Congratulations to Largehearted Boy Book Notes contributor Anna Noyes.


Wayne Coyne discussed every Flaming Lips studio album at Consequence of Sound.


Literary Hub recommended books about Herge's Tintin comics.


The Quietus reconsidered David Bowie's Low album 40 years after its release.


Vogue interviewed Ayalet Waldman about her new book A Really Good Day.


Stream a new Cate Le Bon song.


Bustle previewed 2017's best graphic novels.


Stream a new song by The Proper Ornaments.


The Irish Independent recommended 2017's best books by Irish authors.


Julia Holter discussed scoring the film Bleeding for This with PopMatters,


Fanzine interviewed author Brian Evenson.


Stream a new Craig Finn song.


Signature recommended books about psychedelic drugs.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Essential and Interesting Year-End 2016 Music Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

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January 9, 2017

Book Notes - "Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront"

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront is a stunning collection of works of fiction, poetry, and art about the city's untouched places.


In their own words, here is the editors' Book Notes music playlist for the book Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront:


Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront by Elizabeth Albert, with fiction and poetry edited by Underwater New York (Nicki Pombier Berger, Helen Georgas, Nicole Haroutunian), collects historical narratives, archival images, contemporary art and new literary work about ten liminal New York City waterways, and is published by Damiani. We paired each of these ten waterfronts with a song, sometimes weaving in the book's stories and art, too.


North Brother Island: "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips, Cat Power version

Today, North Brother Island is a bird sanctuary, forbidden to human visitors. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, though, it was the site of Riverside Hospital, where people sick with infectious diseases like cholera, smallpox, and yellow fever were sent. Mary Mallon, healthy but a carrier of typhoid fever, was quarantined there against her will in 1907. Elizabeth Gaffney's story, "Bodies by the Sea," imagines into Mallon's solitary life, an island herself on tiny North Brother Island, until she meets a nurse, Adelaide Offspring, and they develop a tentative love. Cat Power's haunting version of "Sea of Love," could be the melancholy soundtrack to their relationship: Come with me my love / to the sea…Do you remember / when we met? / That's the day I knew you were my pet…


The Rockaways: "Let's Go Surfing" by The Drums

"Let's Go Surfing" starts, Wake up / it's a beautiful morning. "It was such a beautiful, clear morning"—one of the characters in Antoine Wilson's "Sticks" says of 9/11. September 11th and Hurricane Sandy are both undercurrents in "Sticks," which uses surfing as a conduit to tell a deeper story about the people, history, landscape, and resilience of the Rockaways. Similarly, The Drums' cheerful, whistling song—jaunty and fun on the surface, invoking the rollicking feeling of waves in the same way that Wilson's staccato sentences do—is darker in its depths: I wanna go surfing / I don't care about nothing. By the end of each, though, there's been a turn: Jonathan Pierce of The Drums is singing, I'll never let you go—caring very much—and Wilson's narrator is boarding a plane out of New York, passing repurposed pieces of the Rockaways boardwalk in a fast food restaurant as he goes.


Blackwell's Island: "Down By the Water" by PJ Harvey

Amy Shearn's story "House from the Bottom" takes place on present day Roosevelt Island, where a single mother contends with her own ghosts as well as those of the island's past. Formerly Blackwell's Island, the city used the narrow swatch of land in the East River to house various institutions: a penitentiary, a smallpox hospital, the abysmal Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum. Given that Shearn's protagonist follows a child's howling to the water's edge and merges with the specter of a young orphan who was once interred there, the first lines of PJ Harvey's song "Down by the Water"—I lost my heart / under the bridge / to that little girl / so much to leave—are almost too on-the-nose to pair with the story and location, but then again, too perfect an opportunity to miss.


Sandy Ground: "Jesus Gave Me Water" by Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke has so many water-songs, but for Sandy Ground, this one seems apt. It is hard to imagine that the waterways of New York City used to be rife with oysters. In the 19th century, though, thriving oyster beds not only existed, but provided a livelihood for, among others, a settlement of free black oystermen. Driven north from Maryland, where they were not permitted to own boats, for them, Sandy Ground in Staten Island was a sanctuary. The oystermen were joined by freed and escaped slaves from other parts of the country, and built a prosperous, vibrant community. As the text on Carrie Mae Weems's powerful artwork paired with Sandy Ground reads, You became / a whisper / a symbol of a / mighty voyage / & by the sweat of / your brow / you laboured / for self / family / & other. By 1916, increasingly polluted waters put an end to the area's oyster business; residents moved on or adapted by taking on other trades. Although a fire destroyed much of what was left of Sandy Ground in the 1960s, the Rossville A.M.E. Zion Church remains as a testament to the strength and vitality of the community to this day.


Dead Horse Bay: "Water Fountain" by tUnE-yArDs

Barren Island, where once much of the city's waste was sorted and horse bones were processed into glue, was connected to mainland Brooklyn by landfill in the early 20th century. Today, it is Dead Horse Bay, a waterfront littered with horse bones and decades of trash escaped from the landfill. Dead Horse Bay has earned the nickname Bottle Beach; picking across it, one can find today's Coronas knocking up against what could be our grandfathers' fifths of whiskey and our great-aunt's not-quite-empty perfume atomizers. The waves of the bay push and pull the bottles, creating a unique, rhythmic waterfront soundtrack, not unlike the percussive chiming in the background of tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain."


Coney Island Creek: "Watertown" by Frank Sinatra

It is hard not to choose the Beatles "Yellow Submarine" to match with Coney Island Creek, given that there is a real-life yellow submarine half-submerged in the waterway, but we are so intrigued by the Creek's past as a stop on Rum Row, where rum-running mafiosos like Frankie "the Undertaker" Yale, Lucky Luciano, and Vito Genovese smuggled liquor during Prohibition that "Watertown" by Frank Sinatra proved the more tempting a pairing.


The Gowanus Canal: "Head Underwater" by Jenny Lewis

One can see how Jenny Lewis's existential contemplation of her own mortality in "Head Underwater" -- I put my head underwater, baby / I threw my clothes away in the trash / I stood barefoot on the blazing concrete -- could easily be set on the banks of the Gowanus. All of the associations we have with the canal are there: urban, water, garbage, death. The Gowanus is infamous for its toxins (it was once known as "Lavender Lake"), which include mysterious white goo, black mayonnaise, and even gonorrhea. This last association -- to sex -- leads us back to the tossed clothing of Lewis's song, of course, but also to Ben Greenman's story "Oracle, Ocean, Opening," where the story's protagonist, Dan, hooks up with a woman in his car while parked on the shores of the canal. Greenman's story includes a line that perfectly captures the confused state of the Gowanus today: "a rancid canal that snaked, or rather wormed, through the neighborhood in which Captain Gus lived. People said that apartment prices were going through the roof, which seemed like a mixed metaphor, or at least a collapsed one."


Newtown Creek: "Red Tide" by Neko Case

Neko Case's "Red Tide" starts, There's a smell here that stands my hair on end, which can't help but make us think of Newtown Creek. The staggering list of pollutants that have been dumped or leached into the canal over the years is too long to recount here; one does not need to approach the often-psychedelically oil-slicked surface of the Creek too closely to catch a noxious whiff of the toxins. In Bill Cheng's story, "Unfathomable," the protagonist prepares to take on the Creek's demons; in the book's image of Ennead Architect's "Digester Eggs," a wastewater treatment plant, the sky, and its ominous reflection on the eggs, glows red.


Hart Island: "Silent the Voice" by Slapp Happy

Silent and dark, surrounded by dangerous currents, Hart Island is NYC's public cemetery, the resting place of over a million of the city's unclaimed dead. The dead have at times shared the island with the living, a reformatory for "vicious boys," a "lunatic asylum" for women, a Nike missile base, Phoenix House drug rehabilitation center have all at one time or another occupied part of its 101 acres. But the dead remain. They are packed into mass graves each containing 150 adults or 1000 babies. Many of the dead are buried at Hart Island, not because of indigence, but because the city was unable to locate their families or loved ones quickly enough. Some people have been buried there as a result of a bureaucratic error. Until very recently it has been next to impossible for families and loved ones to gain access to visit and mourn. There they lie in an island off the waters of the Bronx, where the East River opens into the Long Island Sound.

I imagine "Silent the Voice" as a conversation between the dead and the living. I think of it as a mother who lost her daughter, or perhaps between lovers. The song begins with cowbells that echo the harbor buoys. The rhythm has a seasick lilt. And then Dagmar Krause's voice, whispering to us and then calling out to the loved one, "If you could cover my body with flowers." "If I could imprint my soul with you eyes." Choked with frustration, desire, remorse. I think of the heart-broken people who are willing to go through such hurdles to visit to a forgotten island of mass graves, if only for a chance of some tiny measure of relief.


College Point: "The Jumblies," music by George Ingraham, from Nonsense Songs by Edward Lear

"Ave Maria" by Herbert von Nessler was Willhelm Steinway's favorite song. I found this on a concert playlist from 1903 following Ave Maria. It somehow makes me think of Steinway's friend and founder of College Point, Conrad Poppenhusen. Beginning in the 1850's Poppenhusen made a fortune from using Goodyear's vulcanized rubber recipe to make combs, corset stays and other products. He built a kind of utopian community for his employees surrounding his American Hard Rubber Manufacturing Company.


Silent Beaches, Untold Stories: New York City's Forgotten Waterfront links:

the book's website

New York Times review

The Brian Lehrer Show interview with one of the editors
Hyperallergic interview with one of the editors
WFUV's Cityscape interview with two of the editors


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support the Largehearted Boy website

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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Shorties (2017's Most Anticipated Books, New Music from Julien Baker, and more)

The Guardian previewed 2017's most anticipated books.


Stream a new Julien Baker song.


44 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number to 1,589), including Her Story Arc's best feminist books and Thinking Through History's best books.

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller
A Model World by Michael Chabon


Emma Donoghue shared her writing routine with the Guardian.


Fluxblog shared a collection of songs from 1990.


The Guardian interviewed author Yaa Gyaasi.


Stream Gorilla vs. Bear's favorite songs of 2016.


Literary Hub listed books that have been called "the great American novel."


Consequence of Sound ranked the albums of David Bowie.


Ayelet Waldman discussed her new book with the New York Times.


Stereogum listed 2017's most anticipated albums.


Authors discussed their favorite funny books at the Guardian.


The Creative Independent interviewed singer-songwriter Cass McCombs.


The Australian previewed 2017's best new books.


Pitchfork previewed 2017's best albums.


Paste listed the best sci-fi comics.


The Upcoming previewed 2017's most anticipated albums.


The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed Kelly Luce about her debut novel


The Band guitarist Robie Robbertson discussed his new memoir Testimony with World Cafe.


Emma Straub talked indie bookstores with Huffington Post.


Psychology Today examined the neuroscience behind why music brings us pleasure.


Real Pants interviewed author Leesa Cross-Smith.


Stream four new Spoon songs.


Powell's Books recommended books for President Obama and President-elect Trump.


Watch a new David Bowie video.


GQ recommended January's best books.


R.I.P., influential jazz critic Nat Hentoff.


BuzzFeed shared Emily Gould's essay from the anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.


CLRVYNT interviewed the duo Uniform.


So Say We All interviewed author Meredith Alling.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Essential and Interesting Year-End 2016 Music Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

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January 8, 2017

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - January 7th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2016" Book Lists:


BluChickenNinja (favourite books)
Book Scrolling (best books)
Books and Fiction (top books)
Bookshelves and Paperbacks (top books)
Charr's New Chapter (favourite books)
Chocolate Pages (top books)
Dark Hollows Press (best books)
Fionadranesblog's Blog (top books)
Fort Dodge Public Library (best books)
Frankly Speaking (books)
Her Story Arc (best feminist books)
I'd Rather Be Reading (favourite books)
Imani Vision (top books)
James Hendicott (best books)
Jamie Leroy (books)
Kevin D. Hendricks (top nonfiction books)
Kings River Life (favorite books)
Lake Forest High School Library (top books)
The Literary Cat (top books)
Little Moon Dragon (top books)
Live One Day @ a Time (favorite books)
Lost in a Library (favourite books)
Love Thy Self (best books)
M.L.S. Weech (top books)
Matt's Fat Blog (best books)
Minnesota Public Radio (overlooked books)
mmmookie (best books)
mybookcastle (favourite books)
Nerdy Book Club (favorite fiction books)
Notes by Brianne (favorite books)
The Nutmeg Iluminado (best books)
Pierina Reads (best books)
Pucks and Paperbacks (best young adult books)
Reads To Live (top books)
Rebekah Gillian (best and worst books)
S Reads Books (top books)
skirtdiary21 writes (favorite books)
Square-Eyed (best books)
Stella Reilly (favourite books)
Suffering the Benz (favorite books)
Teaspoon of Nose (best nonfiction)
thebookbrief (favourite books)
Thinking Through History (best books)
Tomes Project (favourite books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)

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January 6, 2017

This Week's Interesting Music Releases - January 6, 2017

Neil Young

The vinyl edition of Neil Young's latest album Peace Trail is in stores this week.

Reissues include vinyl editions of three Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark releases (Architecture & Morality, OMD, Organisation)

What new music are you looking forward to or enjoying this week?


This week's interesting music releases:


Ben Folds: Songs for Silverman [vinyl]
The Chainsmokers: Collage EP [vinyl]
Colony House: Only the Lonely [vinyl]
Crowded House: Intriguer (remastered and expanded)
Dale Watson and Ray Benson: Dale & Ray
David Bowie: Legacy [vinyl]
Dropkick Murphys: 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory
Funkadelic: Finest (4-LP box set) [vinyl]
Funkadelic: Live Meadowbrook Rochester Michigan 12th September (reissue) [vinyl]
Gone is Gone: Echolocation
Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Vol. 35 - San Diego, CA 8/7/71, Chicago, IL 8/24/71 (4-CD box set)
John Lennon & Ono Yoko: Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (remastered and expanded) [vinyl]
Han Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch: Hidden Figures (original score)
Halestorm: ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP
Honus Honus: Use Your Delusion [vinyl]
K.D. Lang: Shadowland (reissue) [vinyl]
Loscil: Monument Builders [vinyl]
Metallica: To Live Is To Die: Live At The Market Square Arena
Neil Young: Peace Trail [vinyl]
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Architecture & Morality (reissue) [vinyl]
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: OMD (reissue) [vinyl]
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark: Organisation (reissue) [vinyl]
Ronnie Wood: I've Got My Own Album To Do & Now Look (remastered and expanded)
Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (remastered and expanded)


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Shorties (2017's Most Anticipated Books by Women, A List of Essential Glam Rock Songs, and more)

Elle listed 2017's most anticipated books by women.


Stereogum listed essential glam rock songs.


26 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number to 1,545), including Cat Wisdom 101's top cat books, Forbes' top technology books, and The Next Best Book Blog's top books.

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller
A Model World by Michael Chabon


Vogue profiled author Roxane Gay.


Stream a new Flaming Lips song.


The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed author Randa Jarrar.


Stream two new Elbow songs.


The Rumpus interviewed author Jessica Valenti.


Rolling Stone interviewed Iggy Pop.


Take interviewed author Tim Horvath.


Financial Times profiled film director and author Alejandro Jodorowosky.


The Guardian previewed 2017's new comics.


Stream a new San Fermin song.


The Times Literary Supplement interviewed author Ian McEwan.


Stream a new Dirty Projectors song.


Paste listed the best Joanna Newsom songs.


Flavorwire previewed January's must-read books.


Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall (formerly of the Pipettes).


Paste and Book Culture recommended books to understand (and fight) Trump.


Stream a new Shins song.


The Creative Independent interviewed David Byrne.



also at Largehearted Boy:

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previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Essential and Interesting Year-End 2016 Music Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

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January 5, 2017

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - January 5th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2016" Book Lists:


Awkward Heather (favorite books)
The Book Raven (loveliest Books)
Books and Cooks (favorite books)
BooksPlease (favourite books)
Buffer (favorite books)
Castle in the Clouds (favorite books)
Climb Every Mountain (favorite books)
Feminist Texan Reads (favorite fiction)
Fiction Book Review (favorite books)
guanyinmiao's musings (favourite books)
It's All About Books (top books)
Metal and the Geek (top books)
Mind of Luxe (favorite books)
Mockingbird (top theology books)
A New Look Through Old Eyes (favourite audiobooks)
Nishita's Rants and Raves (top books)
Pop Culture Nerd (favorite books)
Reads and Dreams (top books)
Sincerely Stacie (favorite books)
Small Pond (top books)
Ten Thousand Places (best books)
Vishy's Blog (favourite books)
Waking Brain Cells (best children's books)
Wales Arts Review (best books)
Well and Good (best wellness books)
Wizards and Rockets (best and worst books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)

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Shorties (Rachel Cusk on Books and Reading, Stream a New Jens Lekman Song, and more)

Rachel Cusk talked books and reading with the New York Times.


Stream a new Jens Lekman song.


31 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number to 1,519), including Cat Wisdom 101's top cat books, Forbes' top technology books, and The Next Best Book Blog's top books.

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller
A Model World by Michael Chabon


All Things Considered interviewed Aravind Adiga about is novel Selection Day.


Manjula Martin talked to Paste about her new essay anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.


Stream a new Julie Byrne song.


Nylon interviewed Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon about their book The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence.


Stream a new Bash & Pop song,


The New York Daily News examined the growing "book deserts" in America.


Stream Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker's cover of Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids."


Bookforum interviewed Judith E. Stein about her book Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art.


NPR Music is streaming Half Japanese's new album Hear the Lions Roar.


Entropy interviewed author Bonnie Jo Campbell.


Rolling Stone shared an unpublished 2007 interview with Merle Haggard.


The longlist for the inaugural Jhalak Prize for books by British authors of color has been announced.


Stream Mick Harvey's cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Contact."


Book Riot recommended January's best small press books.


Vulture previewed 2017's album releases.


James Tadd Adcox discussed the research for his novel Repetition at Necessary Fiction.


Paste interviewed Matt Sweeney and Clay Tarver about the Chavez reunion.


Signature listed the best book-based musicals.


Stream a previously unheard Elliott Smith song.


All Things Considered and Electric Literature interviewed Roxane Gay.


Hyperallergic shared a visual guide to the art of the new Second Avenue subway in New York.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Essential and Interesting Year-End 2016 Music Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

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January 4, 2017

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists Update - January 4th

The Largehearted Boy List of Online 'Best of 2016' Book Lists

For the ninth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

The Master List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists

Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online year-end book list I have missed.

Other daily updates to the 2016 master list.

Revisit previous years' collections of year-end book lists: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2000-2009 (best of the decade).


Today's additions to the Online Year-end "Best of 2016" Book Lists:


amNewYork (best New York books)
Ana's Attic (top books)
Anna's Book Blog (favorite books)
Beyond the Pages and Words (best and worst books)
Book Savant (best books)
The Bookish Baker (favorite books)
Emma the Book Lover (best books)
Emma Etc (favourite books)
Fantasy Cafe (favorite books)
Greenish Bookshelf (best books)
Jeff Gravens (favorite books)
Kevin D. Hendricks (top fiction)
Kristen Reads Too Much (best books)
Lilli Lost in a Book (favorite books)
Melinda's Education Blog (favourite books)
Michael Reads (favourite books)
Molly's Musings (best books)
My Media Moo (favourite books)
The Next Chapter (favorite books)
No Space for Milk (favourite self-improvement books)
Pints and Cupcakes (best books)
Rae of Books (favorite books)
randombookgirl (top books)
Read It Forward (best books)
The Reading Fangirl (top books)
Rissponsible Reading (best books)
Roxane Gay (books)
Semicolon (best adult fiction)
Two Girls One Blog (top books)
With Good Courage (top books)
The YA Circle (best books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

other daily updates to the master list

Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists

2016 Online Year-end Music Lists
2015 Online Year-end Music Lists
2014 Online Year-end Music Lists
2013 Online Year-end Music Lists
2012 Online Year-end Music Lists
2011 Online Year-end Music Lists
2010 Online Year-end Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Music Lists
2009 Online Year-end Music Lists
2008 Online Year-end Music Lists
2007 Online Year-end Music Lists
2006 Online Year-end Music Lists
other lists at Largehearted Boy

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)

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Shorties (January's Best Books, An Interview with Jenny Hval, and more)

Vol. 1 Brooklyn and January Magazine previewed January's best new books.


The Creative Independent interviewed singer-songwriter Jenny Hval.


52 "best books of 2016" lists were added to the master aggregation at Largehearted Boy yesterday (bringing the total number to 1,488), including Cat Wisdom 101's top cat books, Forbes' top technology books, and The Next Best Book Blog's top books.

Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting "best of 2016" music lists


Ebooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times by Anne C. Heller
A Model World by Michael Chabon


The Rumpus interviewed author Roxane Gay.


The Japan Times looked back on 2016's best indie releases in the country.


The Guardian listed the top unreliable narrators in literature.


The Creative Independent interviewed John Cale.


The Millions and Vulture previewed 2017's new books.


A new Manhattan subway station features Chuck Close mosaics of musicians and artists.


Steph Post interviewed author Ben Tanzer.


The 2017 Coachella lineup has been announced.


Fanzine interviewed poet Sasha Fletcher.


Fresh Air interviewed Lin-Manuel Miranda.


Electric Literature interviewed author Jason Diamond.


Angel Olsen visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Signature recommended books about the power of protest.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

List of Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Essential and Interesting Year-End 2016 Music Lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists

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