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November 30, 2012

Shorties (TV Theme Song Covers, Chris Ware's Bibliography Reviewed, and more)

Flavorwire lists 10 amusing TV theme song covers by famous musicians.

The New York Review of Books covers the career output of cartoonist Chris Ware.

20 year-end music lists were added Tuesday to the master aggregation today, including Q Magazine's best albums, Rubyhornet's top Chicago rappers, Paste Magazine's best live acts, and much more.

22 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including several from the Guardian, The Atlantic and New Statesman's books of the year, and much more.

J. Robert Lennon shares a parody of music references in crime novels.

Business Insider shares tips to enhance your streaming music on Spotify experience.

Flavorwire shares an "essential nonfiction reading list for high school and beyond."

PopMatters previews December and January's music releases.

Jonathan Evison recommends Ben Fountain's novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk at NPR Books.

To read Billy Lynn is to engage in a pure, tactile state of sensory overload. You feel this story with your whole body — all the adrenaline, tension and nausea. The novel is a veritable decoupage of physical sensation — from the sodium glare of stadium lights, to the acid sting of bitterness in the throat; from the woozy disequilibrium of a Jack Daniels hangover, to the galloping heartbeat of unfettered carnality. Fountain achieves that rare level of evocation that makes readers feel as though they lived it.

Taken By Trees (solo project of Victoria Bergsman, formerly of the Concretes) plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music.

Kevin Powers has won the Guardian First Book Award with his novel The Yellow Birds.

Lisa Allardice, chair of the judging panel and editor of Guardian Review, said that Powers "utterly fulfilled the first book award criteria of promise, originality and raw talent", narrowly beating Katherine Boo's non-fiction account of a Mumbai slum, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, to the £10,000 award.

Singer songwriter JD McPherson visits The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

Vox compares websites that offer free and legal e-book downloads.

The Guardian profiles the DJ Diplo.

Diplo is the Kevin Bacon figure who has joined the dots between characters as disparate as pop hearthrob Bruno Mars (the pair visited a Paris strip club in search of inspiration for Mars's new album) and contemporary composer Nico Mulhy (who arranged the strings on Usher's Climax, one of the year's biggest songs, and which Diplo co-wrote and produced). He has made records with superstars such as Justin Bieber, produced the new No Doubt album and is working with Snoop Dogg, but has also involved himself with Sheffield mathcore exponents Rolo Tomassi.

Win Tony Fletcher's new book A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths out in the U.S. soon, here are and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 offers 100 albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers 100 digital holiday albums on sale for $5 each.
Amazon MP3 offers over 1,600 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 500 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 33,000 free and legal mp3s.

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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