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January 31, 2011

Shorties (Stream the New Bright Eyes Album, Illustrated Finnegan's Wake, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Bright Eyes album, The People's Key (out February 15t ).

Wake in Progress is illustrating a sentence from every page of James Joyce's classic Finnegan's Wake.

Yesterday's update (the final one of the year) to the list of 2010 year-end online music lists included I Gues I'm Floating's best songs, Stereogum's most overlooked albums, WFMU DJs' top albums, and much more.

Thursday's final update to the online "best books of 2010" lists included The Utne Reader's books of the year,'s best poetry books, the PopMatters' best fiction and nonfiction books, and more.

The Daily Beast lists 13 great books from the mythic Midwest. (via)

Paste lists the 18 best Clash songs.

HTMLGIANT interviews Deb Olin Unferth about her new memoir, Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War

The Rumpus also interviews Unferth.

Pitchfork interviews Sufjan Stevens.

Author Ursula K. Le Guin talks to the BBC World Service about how her work has been influenced by anthropology and Taoism.

The A.V. Club lists 19 musical artists who dramatically reinvented themselves after their early work.

Flavorwire lists idle doodles by famous authors.

The New York Times examines the new crop of indie rock bands from Africa.

Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki and Greg Saunier discuss the band's new album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, track-by-track at Drowned in Sound.

Jacket Copy reviews Adrian Tomine's new book, Scenes from an Impending Marriage.

"Scenes from an Impending Marriage" is a short book, barely 50 pages, but it reverberates with an unexpected depth. This is a function not only of content but also of form, which, at times, reflects some unlikely antecedents. A one-panel strip called "Exercise" is reminiscent of the syndicated strip "The Family Circus," with its circular frame. Elsewhere, Tomine and Sarah cry out, "WAAAAAAAHH!!" in exasperation, their heads back and mouths open like Charlie Brown and Sally in "Peanuts."

On sale for $3.89 at Amazon MP3: The Avett Brothers album Four Thieves Gone - The Robbinsville Sessions.

The Bitch Community Lending Library lists 100 books for the feminist reader.

Music Vagabond lists bands to watch in 2011.

My own "best of 2010" book & music lists:

favorite albums of 2010
favorite graphic novels
favorite nonfiction books
favorite novels of 2010
favorite short story collections

Coming later this month: my favorite free and legal mp3 downloads and favorite debut novels of the year.

Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Online "Best Music of 2010" lists

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists