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December 18, 2006


Singer-songwriter Jon Langford talks to the Miami Herald about making children's music with his group, Devil in a Woodpile (which also features Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan).

''There seems to be a lot of money in it,'' says Langford. ``But I wouldn't want to be the professional children's performer who's angry he didn't make it in adult music. I feel comfortable on the level it's worked, out of a social group of friends with kids.''

The San Francisco Chronicle chooses the worst Christmas song ever.

January magazine offers a fiction holiday gift guide.

Popmatters, Harmonium, and Stylus are counting down their best albums of the year, and Harmonium lists the best album booklets of 2006.

NPR's Weekend Edition profiles author Jonathan Littell.

Marathonpacks has several interesting guest year-end lists.

Cracked lists the "9 biggest wusses in rock today."

Harp lists then things you didn't know about Twilight Singer and former Afghan Whig Greg Dulli.

6) My first romantic crush was on Veronica Lodge from the Archie comic books. She still blows my mind. My first human crush was on Marilyn McCoo from the 5th Dimension. She married Billy Davis Jr. and became an evangelist. I’ve considered going to one of her services. Not in a creepy way.

Drowned in Sound reviews the year in music.

Pitchfork lists the top tracks of 2006.

Cover Browser lists the worst album covers, ever.

I Am Fuel You Are Friends and Some Velvet Blog polled 12 music bloggers to aggregate a top albums of 2006 list.

Time lists their ten best books of 2006, and I have surprisingly read five of them.

The Independent offers holiday gift music book suggestions, while the Bryan-College Station Eagle lists books for the "Texas literary buff."

Stuff profiles the New Zealand record label, Flying Nun, as the label celebrates its 25th birthday.

"I set up Flying Nun because a lot of really bad records were popular at the time," says Shepherd. "I was working in a record shop in Christchurch in the late 70s, and guys would invite me over to listen to music. They'd have a bedroom in their mum's house with a big stereo in it, and they'd sit on the bed, roll a joint and play some terrible prog rock record like Gentle Giant or something.

"The radio was terrible too. Terrible! And you'd go a party in Christchurch in 1977 and a roomful of reasonably sophisticated people would be dancing to a Bryan Ferry solo album. Something had to change."

Critics at the Telegraph list their favorite 30 albums 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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