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December 12, 2005


It's official, the Decemberists have signed to Capitol Records.

Popmatters interviews Pelle Almqvist of the Hives.

PM: Do you care that guitar-led music isn't actually that popular anymore? It's certainly far from being the most popular.

PA: This is what we do and this is what we want to do. We never sat down and had a marketing meeting about what will be popular. Hip-hop sells the most, but after one year most hip-hop albums are completely dead and no one buys them anymore. But a rock record, if it's a good record, can last ten or 20 years.

Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot, and others from Chicago Public Radio's Sound Opinions share their best albums of 2005.

Time lists seven great books you may have missed.

Bows + Arrows lists their top 24 albums of 2004.

Mystery and Misery debuted a podcast this weekend.

Look for the Largehearted Boy podcast in January...

Joe Pernice shows off his stable of vehicles in "Joe Pernice's Cribs/Rides."

Even Paris Hilton loves the XBOX 360.

Thanks to new LHB advertiser MSNBC for helping pay the hosting bills and making Tiny Tim's Christmas goose possible (the New York Times covers the MSNBC ad campaign).


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