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December 30, 2012

Shorties (The Top Fiction Books of Spring, The Rise and Fall of EMI Records, and more)

The Observer previews the top fiction titles for spring.

Weekend Edition charts the rise and fall of EMI Records.

89 year-end music lists were added to the master aggregation yesterday,

49 lists were added yesterday to the master aggregation of year-end online "best books of 2012" lists, including The Hollywood Reporter's best Hollywood books (that includes Molly Ringwald's short story collection but woefully omits Emma Straub's debut novel, the best Hollywood book I read all year), another list of authors' favorite books (at TNBBC's The Next Best Book Club), and much more.

The Largehearted Boy books of the year (more lists to come):

my favorite graphic novels of 2012
my favorite nonfiction books of 2012
my favorite novels of 2012
my favorite short story collections of 2012

Ultimate Classic Rock reconsiders on Neil Young's Trans album, released 30 years ago.

Cartoonist Jason shares a comic reaction to the end of James Kochalka's Elf series.

Flavorwire lists five new songs you need to hear this week.

The Two-Way lists 21 of 2012's best year-end lists.

Beck talks to All Things Considered about his latest album, Song Reader, which consists of a book of illustrated sheet music.

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 1,400 albums on sale for $3.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 600 albums for sale for $2.99.
Amazon MP3 offers over 400 jazz albums on sale for $1.78.
Amazon MP3 offers over 56,000 free and legal mp3s.
Amazon MP3 is adding five holiday songs to its free mp3 downloads every day through the end of the year.

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

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