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December 3, 2006


2006 best music lists:

Amazon editors (top albums)
Jazz Journalists Associations (jazz albums)
Music-versity (best albums)
Old Sun, New Sun (top albums)
Sondre Lerche for Filter (top albums)

The Charlotte Observer interviews author Marisha Pessl.

Q. And when you're plotting your scenes, do you feel like you're directing? I had that impression reading the book that you'd done the staging and the art direction and the lighting design, and had everything blocked down to the last gesture.

Totally! The characters -- they're totally at my mercy. Nabokov said his characters were his galley slaves.

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reviews this year's crop of holiday CDs.

Australia's ABC media empire had its fans vote for their favorite 100 albums of all time.

The Boston Globe lists the best fiction and non-fiction books of 2006.

Tiny Mix Tapes reviews Robert Pollard's latest album, Normal Happiness.

As per usual, a lack of quality control blights Normal Happiness’ pop-rock bliss, as lovely numbers such as the GBV-ish "Give Up the Grape," the aptly titled "Top of My Game," "Rhoda Rhoda," and squirrely, one-minute-plus synth-stomper "Whispering Whip" are besmirched thoroughly by empty dung-humpers like "Gasoline Ragtime," "Boxing About" and "Towers and Landslides," all of which are boring enough to elicit narcoleptic tendencies you didn’t know existed.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews singer-songwriter Aimee Mann about her holiday album, One More Drifter in the Snow.

Q: This is probably the most depressing Christmas album ever.

A: Well, I don't think so. That wasn't its intention. It was supposed to be very mellow and moody. People have different feelings about Christmas, and the feeling we tried to get was that feeling of, you know, when you're a little kid, there's a spooky element to Christmas.

The Sunday Times asks concert patrons to keep their camera phones turned off at gigs.

It’s hard to think of a climate more depressing, as a consumer of live music, than one where a shaky film or series of snapshots must be used as a document of proof. And, surely, proof is all that the millions of films and pictures of live bands that are being taken every week will be used for.

The Japan Times reviews Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.

There are those who have asserted that Murakami is a writer of small range. This collection should put that canard to rest. is a site "dedicated to the documentation and preservation of music and the history of Hoosier artists."

Wikipedia lists fictional chemical substances, from A-N and T-Z.

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