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January 2, 2009

Shorties (Best Albums 0f 2009, Jay McInerney, and more)

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online book lists include Bookgasm's top sci-fi books.

Yesterday's additions to the "best of 2008" online music lists include the Best Week Ever's top songs and All About Jazz's jazz year in review.

Seattle Weekly previews 10 highly anticipated 2009 albums.

SF Station interviews Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles.

SF Station (SFS): There is a lot of talk about Daniel and what he does with Grizzly Bear when he is not working with you on Department of Eagles. What do you do when you are not with DOE?

Fred Nicolaus (FN): I have a day job as an editor with a consumer guide. I’m kind of on the verge of quitting, and I might actually quit tomorrow. This could be the last day that I officially say I have a day job.

The Daily Record lists musical artists to watch in 2009.

BBC Newsbeat previews the big albums of 2009.

BBC News reports that Prince will release 3 albums in 2009.

The Wall Street Journal examines 2009's book publishing financial outlook.

Jay McInerney talks to the Telegraph about his novel, Bright Lights, Big City (which turns 25 years old in 2009).

"Sometimes it seems an albatross, because it remains not necessarily my best but definitely my most successful book. When I die the words Bright Lights, Big City will be in the headlines. Probably not The Good Life, probably not Brightness Falls, probably not Story of My Life."

Reuters reports on 2008's physical music album sales decline.

U.S. album sales slid for a seventh time in eight years in 2008 as growth in the digital arena, one of the few bright spots in the ailing music industry, slowed, according to data issued on Wednesday.

Comic Book Resources discusses 2008's comic book movies.

Elizabeth McCracken talks to NPR's Morning Edition about her memoir, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

McCracken said the "exact replica" may be the book itself: She wrote the memoir in an effort to capture every single detail of a child whose face she never looked at while he was alive.

"I couldn't manage to give him a life," she says. "But I could write his biography."

Daytrotter's Thursday session featured Viking Moses, the Friday session features Brandi Shearer.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists