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December 4, 2006


2006 best music lists: (best new releases from "old" artists)
Adam Arcuragi for Harmonium (top albums)
Audio Deficit Disorder (favorite album art)
Blog del Jalapeño (best albums)
Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) for Filter (top albums)
Ever Free (top J-Pop singles)
Fids and Kamily (best kids and family albums)
James Madison University Breeze (must-have albums)
KEXP's Troy Nelson (top albums)
The King's Bizarre (top songs)
Kwaya Na Kisser (top albums)
Piccadilly Records (top albums)
Piccadilly Records (top compilations)
Piccadilly Records (top reissues/collections)

Full Effect interviews David Berman of the Silver Jews.

Kevin Lester: Hi David. Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed! If I say anything you disagree with in the question, please correct me.
I've heard rumors that you're not writing poetry, right now. Do you still intend to finish your book, Richard Simmons 1950-?

David Berman: It's true , I've walked away from poetry in the last couple years. Perhaps it has something to do with the noise of the world going up. Poetry, right now, is too quiet in it's functions, too subtle, too finely laid out for me to concentrate on in haphazard times.

The Raleigh News and Observer interviews singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins.

Q - Since they named you Elvis, were your parents Elvis fans?

A - Actually, I'm not sure. My understanding is they just happened to like the name, and they were colorful people. Guitar Center and places like that, when they see my name on the credit card, they'll ask things like whether I'm the love child of Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. But I don't think we've ever had a complete stranger show up expecting rockabilly. Or if that's ever happened, they were so disappointed they didn't say anything.

ABC Online shares reader responses to its favorite 100 albums of all time poll.

"Do this again in 10 years and six of the top 10 will still be there. The others will have faded into obscurity. Who the hell is Jeff Buckley anyway?"

The Hollywood Reporter reviews a recent Joanna Newsom performance.

Still, her performance walked the fine line between ambition and pretension, pleasing most of the crowd but leaving others restless with her meandering, lengthy songs. At one point, after she performed the delicate "Sawdust & Diamonds," one fan exclaimed, "That was the best thing I've ever heard." Another added, "It was like 15 minutes long."

Pitchfork interviews Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

Pitchfork: Are you selling more records now?

Craig Finn: Way more records. Separation Sunday only sold about 20,000, and Boys and Girls sold that in three weeks.

Wooden Wand's James Toth talks to Harp.

“We’re Blonde on Blonde kind of people. You can’t really be a songwriter and not pledge allegiance to Zimmerman,” offers Wand. “On my best days, I think, ‘This could be a really good Kris Kristofferson song.’ On my worst days it’s, ‘Whoa! This could totally be a Jimmy Buffett song.’ I can only do what I can do.”

Fimoculous has published a list of "Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren't Reading."

The Los Angeles Times discovers vintage music videos on YouTube.

The Seattle Times reviews this years crop of books about jazz.

Former president Jimmy Carter talks to the Los Angeles Times about his new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

"I wrote the book because I wanted to stimulate a debate in this country about what is actually going on in the Middle East," Carter said during an interview at a midtown hotel on the first day of his national book tour. "This is a subject which, in my mind, has rarely if ever been honestly debated or discussed in the United States."

The Orange County Register examines the renaissance of the concept album.

New works from acts like the Decemberists ("The Crane Wife") and Nevada singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom ("Ys") utilize centuries-old texts as launching pads into prog-folk flights of fancy – not unlike (though sounding nothing like) Yes' "Tales From Topographic Oceans" three decades ago.

The Independent lists the ten best country album, ever.

GIANT lists the 50 greatest commercials of the 80's.

Singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt and author Daniel Handler talk to NPR's All Things Considered.

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