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December 14, 2006


The Annuals talk to the Independent Weekly.

"When I wrote these songs," Adam says, finally speaking up, "I had no idea who Arcade Fire was. It would upset me if people thought I was influenced by them."

"I should say that I think Arcade Fire is a great band," Florence stresses. "But I don't listen to them. Saying that we're ripping off a band that doesn't turn me on is a bit weird to me."

Tucson Weekly offers a shopping guide of "indie books."

The New Pornographers' Carl Newman talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I feel like I could write an album that's full of catchy hooks and finish it pretty quickly, but it might sound like a Green Day album, really repetitive and not very interesting - to me. Trying to put them together in some way that hasn't been done before; that's the part I really struggle with."

USA Today lists a comprehensive selection of 2006 holiday music releases.

Popmatters gives the background story of the holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats chooses his favorite albums of the year for Harmonium.

Darnielle also talks to the Age, which includes a stream of the track "Alibi" from the band's 2006 Australian tour EP.

Litblog The Millions lists the "emerging writers" of 2006.

Singer-songwriter Solomon Burke talks to Harp.

John Lee Hooker called me and he says “I’ve got a damn check for $500,000. Now how am I going to get my money out of that bank? Do I put the money in there and sit there in the back, or what do I do?” It was such a warm, sincere thing. He was saying this is the first check I’ve ever had for $500,000 in my life from a record company, and how do I put this money in the bank? I mean do I get it out? Do I stay there and wait for them to give me change?

NPR has independent booksellers suggest holiday book gifts.

USA Today's Pop Candy interviews the former JT LeRoy, Laura Albert.

So is JT's voice completely gone from your head now, or does it still come back?

You know, I'm almost scared to go in there. You know what it's like? He could start talking, and ... (starts to cry) It could have the feeling of, am I making the mannequin's mouth move? I don't even want to get the mannequin out.

The Threadless $10 t-shirt sale ends at 11 central this morning.

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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