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December 31, 2004


RIP, Artie Shaw.

The New York Daily News previews the Drive-By Truckers early New Year's Day show.

Spin reviews the final night of Yo La Tengo's Hanukkah residency.

etc. magazine's critics list their top ten albums of the year.

The Independent lists musicians to watch in 2005.

Slate covers 2004's trends in music.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune compile their top twenty alums of the year.

The OC Weekly offers an online anthology of their best music writing of 2004.

Macleans lists the "forgotten" books of 2004.

Metacritic's consensus top albums of 2004

The Hampton Roads Daily Press lists their top ten 2004 albums.

The Commentary lists the best books of 2004.

Singer-songwriter Graham parker talks to the Boston Globe. "I always think I've had a fun, mocking kind of tone a lot of the time anyway. It's not like the Clash, who were deadly earnest."

The Aspen Times lists their best albums of 2004.

The San Jose Mercury News profiles local tribute bands.

The Guardian profiles ex-Libertine Pete Doherty.

Newsday recounts the New York city year in music clubs.

Bearsuit's "Chargr" makes #2 in the 2004 John Peel Festive 50. (mp3)

Cincinnati deserves their "top ten cities that rock" designation.

Bob Pollard talks to Jim DeRogatis about the final Guided By Voices show and his future solo career. "Our fans love the worst stuff; they seek what they call 'the brown nuggets.' So I went through this phase, especially around 'Bee Thousand' [1994] and 'Alien Lanes' [1995], where I'd just do these toss-aways, and some people thought those were the coolest ones. It got to be what defined us. Then it became a habit, then a vice, and then it was just the way I did things."

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