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January 7, 2006


Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman talks to NPR's Weekend Edition.

The Independent talks to Syd Barrett's associates about the musician to celebrate his 60th birthday.

HubLog has updated their list of mp3 blogs, using and Technorati as factors in the rankings.

I mailed my 50th book through Paperbackswap last week, the online book trading community. Since the site's mention on NPR last week, around 3,000 books are added every day, it's a great way to recycle your books, and get new reading material for the price of media mail postage.

The Los Angeles Times examines the current state of British music, and lists five artists to watch in 2006.

The Washington Post reviews recently released music books.

John Sakamoto previews 2006 in his music column for the Toronto Star, The Anti-Hit List.

Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin is a huge Star Wars fan.

"I have several toys -- my two favorites being my Yoda fortune-telling toy and my Jabba the Hutt who burped out those slimy creatures he liked to eat," Wiedlin laughs. "I also have probably 100 Star Wars books, including all of The New Jedi Order series. That series was fantastic! When I was living in the mountains of Panama without electricity (no TV) I survived by entertaining myself with those books! There has never been a sci-fi series with better spin-off books than Star Wars."

Billboard reports that Sonic Youth is in the studio recording their next album.

Fast Company lists their best business books of 2005.

Today's 2005 best music lists:

Drowned in Sound (albums)
Edward O (singles)
God and a Bottle in Me (albums)
Lynne d Johnson (albums)
Respectful Insolence (albums)
Poplicks (songs)


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