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December 23, 2006


The Daily Yomiuri examines the state of digital music downloads in japan.

For example, in the July-September quarter, mobile downloads rose 20 percent in volume over the corresponding period of 2005 to 86.2 million units and 36 percent in value to 12.4 billion yen according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. That contrasts with just 5.7 million PC-based downloads, worth a total of 1.2 billion yen, in the same period

In other words, 90 percent of digital music downloads in Japan are by mobile phone.

Status Ain't Hood lists a couple of indie musicians who could use your help this holiday season.

Time lists the 12 CDs of Christmas.

UGO lists the top 11 songs about winter.

The Anti-Hit List lists the year's top mash-ups.

Popmatters lists the best and worst shows of 2006.

Gene Luen Yang, author of the graphic novel, American Born Chinese, talks to the Saturday Gazette Mail about his nomination for a National Book Award.

“I think the nomination is really indicative of the body of graphic novels that’s been produced since the late ’80s,” he continued. “There used to be only a handful of literary-minded [graphic novels]. Nowadays, there are shelves of them, and the book industry has taken notice.”

The Village Voice lists its 25 favorite books of 2006. Included are LHB Book Notes contributors Lynne Tillman and Lisa Carver.

SouthCoastToday also lists its favorite books of the year.

Animation Magazine lists "20 things to look forward to in '07."

Devendra Banhart talks to Harp about singer-songwriter Bert Jansch.

To which Banhart adds, “He’s really smart about the stuff he does. None of it feels like a reaction to anything. With a lot of our heroes we respect their reactions to the world, to the times they were living in. From Dazzling Stranger to Jack Orion to newer records like Crimson Moon there’s a quality of Bert-ness that runs through it all. He has some really poppy records like L.A. Turnaround, but it’s still pure Bert having fun and being weird. That’s what we like from our heroes—that they are always themselves.”

NPR lists their 2006 memorable music performances available for streaming.

The Gong Show has aggregated over 180 year-end music lists to determine the "#1 best album 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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