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December 21, 2006

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviews Girl Talk.

Q: Now that your record is in the Rolling Stone Top 50, you're no longer under the radar. Are you concerned about the legal issues?

A: I definitely try to limit my comments on that for obvious reasons. So far there have been no issues. I've actually talked to a handful of major labels who are more or less supporting the album and offering to work with me. I think in the future people will realize this style of music isn't hurting anyone. If anything, it's getting people excited about music in general.


Popmatters critically examines the most successful jazz album, ever, Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas.

I don’t claim that A Charlie Brown Christmas is the pinnacle of jazz artistry. But there is no jazz album that is more universally known and loved in the United States. Most people will crinkle their nose if you slip some Keith Jarrett into you car’s CD player. “Why does he moan like that?” You try to hip folks to Coleman Hawkins over dinner and they’re likely to say, “So, do you mainly listen to really old music?” Cassandra Wilson? “That man’s voice gives me the willies.” Friends who aren’t already jazz nuts may tolerate this stuff, but they rarely applaud it.

But if you ease Guaraldi into a cocktail party, the response is universal. “I love this!” “Linus and Lucy!” People will ask if they can borrow it. If they don’t already have and cherish it.


The A.V. Club staff lists its favorite books of 2006.


Paper Thin Walls asked 31 music critics to pick one song to sum up 2006, and is sharing the results as downloadable mp3's.


USA Today critic Kim Edwards lists her favorite books of the year.


T-shirt of the Day: My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden's design at the Yellowbird Project.


Gothamist hands out its "Best in New York 2006 Music Awards."


January magazine offers a non-fiction book gift guide.


Kansas City's The Pitch reviews this year's batch of holiday albums.

The Manhattan Transfer ought to get run over by a reindeer for An Acapella Christmas (Rhino). Although aficionados of barbershop quartets (if such people exist) may appreciate the close-harmony arrangements, others will probably find themselves crumpled in a corner, sobbing, by disc's end.


The Washington Post lists its best books of the year.


Yehuda lists the 40 strangest board games released in 2006.


Minnesota Public Radio has Ol' Yeller in the studio for a live performance.


NPR's Shadow Classics lists the eleven overlooked albums of the year.


WXPN's World Cafe features a performance from the Twilight Singers.


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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