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December 10, 2006


Highlights from today's additions to the 2006 master list of online music-related lists include a contribution by Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett and a comprehensive set of lists by Other Music.

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

A.M. 180 (top songs)
Beckley Works (best bands)
The Black Swans for Donewaiting (top albums)
Catch You Later (top albums)
Circles of Concrete (top albums)
Closed Captioned (best albums)
Dream Ethereal Noise (top albums)
Guardian critics (top albums)
Headless Ponch (best box set)
Jop's Blog (concerts)
Love and Destruction (top albums)
MK in Motion (best albums, ongoing)
Monte's Gauntlet (top albums)
Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good (best blogs)
Narrative Landscape (top albums)
Other Music (albums)
Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy at Grizzly Bear's blog (top albums)
Philadelphia Inquirer - Dan DeLuca (albums)
Philadelphia Inquirer - Nick Cristiano (country/roots albums)
Philadelphia Inquirer - Dan DeLuca (singles)
Rebel With a Cause (singles)
Technoslacker (best albums)
Times Online (albums)
WTMD - the GM (top albums)

The Bound Stems' Bobby Gallivan talks to the Boston Herald.

But Bound Stems’ rising popularity owes more to the blogosphere than magazines. Some influential blogs and webzines (Pitchfork, Daytrotter, Stereogum) gave the band’s debut EP indie street cred and Bound Stems’ fan base started to grow - and fast.

“Being on a small label, this whole blog thing really helped us out,” Gallivan said. “We had no plan to get the blogs on our side or anything like that. It just happened.”

The Los Angeles Times bemoans the lack of women in major record labels' executive offices.

Newark Star-Ledger readers submit "great songs you've never heard."

The Bradenton Herald lists the best music box sets of all time.

The Wall Street Journal profiles author Haruki Murakami.

Themes of history and memory clearly run through Mr. Murakami's books. Yet he seems loath to analyze his own work for political messages or historical lessons, saying that he just wants to "write a story." But if Mr. Murakami feels so strongly about facing the past, and so concerned about the future of his nation, why doesn't he address these issues more explicitly in his writing, using his prose to shake Japan out of its historical amnesia? The novelist answers that sending overt political messages is simply not the job of a fiction writer.

The Los Angeles Times examines bands that use the internet to distribute their music and build a fanbase.

Not that it's an easy road. A band that sells exclusively over the Internet has to be responsible for promoting its own music, developing a fan base and booking its concert schedule. Aviatic's Simonian spends half of his time working on the band's music and the rest dealing with logistics.

ComicSpace is like MySpace, but for comics.

Singer-songwriter Dan Bern talks to Harp about his other job, as a smalltown newspaper sports columnist.

“I mostly write about high school sports,” says Bern, “’cause that’s what’s happening there. I kinda leave [pro sports] separate. I mean, it’s still The Game. As long as I can remember, people [have complained] about salaries and the way the players act. If you allow that to ruin it for you, then it will. And that’s a shame.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, Against the Day.

Thomas Pynchon's new behemoth of a book, "Against the Day," is likely to have readers responding in one of two ways; either they will think it is one of the greatest novels ever written, or they will see it as a vainglorious head trip from an author notorious for being difficult to read.

Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap shares her current music playlist with the New York Times (and features one of my favorite musicians, Barbara Morgenstern).

The Observer interviews singer-songwriter Lily Allen.

Are you really 'the sound of 2006'?

I think that's just something that journalists have come up with. It's a bit lazy.

PopJournalism reviews 2006 holiday albums.

Members of Midlake talk to the Age about their 70's influences.

"It's not like we lived for that long in the '70s," says Pulido. "But probably because of that, there's a more magical vibe about the '70s for us. You think 'man that was a good time - that was a really warm, pure, honest time'."

The New York Times examines "literary spam."

In any case, Jennings is not impressed by literary spam. “Spam filters can’t be fooled so easily,” he says. For one thing, most legitimate e-mail exchanges don’t sound like Shakespeare.

The Observer has the Pipettes test iPod speakers.

Scotland on Sunday asks authors and other dignitaries for their books of the year.

In the New York Times, critic Jon Pareles reviews the year in music.

Two Sunday Times reporters debate whether or not now is a good time to be a rock and pop fan.

Forbes lists the top earning authors.

The Denver Post lists the year's best books on the Iraq war.

Neil Young has links to 1005 protest songs gathered at his website.

Edward Champion lists the worst book covers of 2006.

see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation

Largehearted 2006 Holiday Gift Guide
this week's CD & DVD releases



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