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December 9, 2011

Shorties (Jonsi, Art Spiegelman, and more)

Rolling Stone is streaming Jonsi's soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo film (out December 13th).

The Takeaway interviews Art Spiegelman about his book MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus.

The List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists was updated yesterday with 42 year-end music lists added today including Magnet & PopMatter's best electronic albums, TIME's albums of the year, and many more year-end music lists.

The List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists was updated yesterday with 30 year-end book lists added to the master aggregation today, including best books lists from the Washington Post, Slate, and The Economist.

At TIME, author Emma Straub lauds indie bookstores and decries Amazon's price check app.

CNNGo lists Hong Kong bands you should know.

JEFF the Brotherhood plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Songwriters on Process interviews guitarist Nils Lofgren.

The Outlet posts a fictional review by John Mayer of Jeffrey Eugenides novel The Marriage Plot.

Guardian readers recommend anti-Christmas songs.

Talk of the Nation interviews Elliott Carlson about his new book, Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway.

Relix lists 11 places to download free music legally.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt lists 16 holiday-themed science fiction and fantasy stories. (via)

On sale for $3.99 at Amazon MP3: Tori Amos's Night of Hunters album.

Talkie Hutt interviews cartoonist Sarah Glidden.

Nick Lowe visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

All Things Considered recommends winter songs.

P.D. James talks to Morning Edition about her new book Death Comes to Pemberly, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Win Lev Grossman's novels The Magicians and The Magician King and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 holiday albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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

also at Largehearted Boy:

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

List of Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
List of Online Year-End 2011 Music Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists