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December 8, 2006

Shorties

Today's 2006 best music lists (see also: the master list of 2006 music lists):

allmusic (most crushworthy bands)
Artforum (best albums)
Audio Overflow (top albums, ongoing)
Autorock (songs most played)
badspelling (best albums, singles)
Chapter 3 (best albums, songs)
Confessions of a Pop Fan - Jamie S. Rich (top albums, singles)
Danny Seim of Menomena for Harmonium (top YouTube videos)
Dirty on Purpose for Filter (favorite albums)
Donewaiting (favorite albums)
Freedom Camp (best albums)
Hardcover Overhead (albums)
Heartless Bastard (top rap albums)
Highway 290 Revisited (top albums)
Hipcat Yo Boy (honorable mention albums)
Invisible Thoughts (top albums)
Kicking at the Darkness (best albums)
lizbarker (best albums)
Matthews the Younger (favorite albums, ongoing)
MM Art Blog (top albums, ongoing)
More Cowbell (top albums, ongoing)
Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good (top songs)
My Old Kentucky Blog (best rap/hip hop albums)
Nick Diamonds of Islands for Filter (albums)
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted (top albums, ongoing)
Sasha Frere-Jones (top songs, albums)
Shaun Dewberry (best South African rock tracks)
The Sound of Musique (best albums)
Stereogum (readers poll)
Sweeping the Nation (albums, ongoing)
Three Imaginary Girls (best northwest releases, readers poll)
Tim Burgess of the Charlatans UK for Filter (albums)
Truth Comes in Blows (best albums)
twoheaded_boy (albums, singles, reissues, songs, shows)
Well Everybody Else Has Got One (top tunes)


The Australian examines the popularity of NME.

The strength of the NME brand helps explain how the magazine has managed to survive. Its long-standing rivals, such as Melody Maker and Smash Hits, closed due to declining sales, victims of increased competition from mainstream media and the web. By contrast, the internet has provided one of the brightest hopes for NME.


Stylus lists the top ten songs about Ireland's "Troubles."


In Penn State's Daily Collegian, a music reporter responds to reader criticism.


The Minnesota Star Tribune profiles singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom.


Yes! Weekly lists the ten best comic book movies.


Blender lists the "25 greatest songs about L.A."


Get your holiday music fix at these mp3 blogs: FaLaLaLaLa, Hi-Fi Holiday, Christmas A Go Go.


Robyn Hitchcock performs in-studio on NPR's World Cafe.


For NPR, WDUQ lists its top ten holiday jazz CDs.


The New Pornographers' Carl Newman talks to the Age about his musical influences.

"I'm just trying to play music that sounds like all of my favourite bands, essentially." Such favourites include Webb, Brians Wilson and Eno, '70s prog rockers King Crimson, Paul McCartney's much-maligned Wings and Burt Bacharach - an unlikely list, as Newman concedes.

"We're obviously a pop band but I've always thought we were a fairly strange pop band."


Slate debates the merits of Marisha Pessl's debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

I read the book over the summer—before its publication—and admired its vigorous prose, yet finally was exhausted by it. For all its verve, the novel gets tripped up by lack of control, coy posturing, and preciousness. A promising debut? Probably. One of the five best fiction books of the year? Hmm, not so much.


Author Sarah Grace McCandless discusses her recent Book Notes essay for her novel, The Girl I Want to Be.


The Columbia Tribune reports that members of the Hold Steady gave a music clinic at a high school.

The group likely added a few Kewpies to their fan club. Drew Barnes, 16, hadn’t heard many of The Hold Steady’s songs before the presentation, but by the end of the show, he was climbing over a chair just to bypass other students waiting to get autographs.

"At first, I just thought it was a great way to get out of class," Drew, a junior, admitted. "I love it, their music and style. … I have dreams of being a lyricist and being on stage; I could really connect with the audience. I’m definitely going to get their CD."


Bookslut lists its best book covers of 2006.


Slate contributors list their best books of 2006.


dj BC is sharing the holiday mashup album, Santastic II.


Polyvinyl Records is streaming the new Of Montreal album, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?.


Drowned in Sound reflects on November's album releases.


T-shirt of the day: "The Scr-emo"


see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation
this week's CD & DVD releases

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