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December 27, 2006


The Boston Globe recaps mp3 blog coverage of James Brown's death.

Superchunk's Mac McCaughan puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

The Fiery Furnaces, "Bitter Tea"

MM: [Bitter Tea] is a really cool record—it's pretty crazy, like all their records. I really like everything that they've done. It took me a while to get into the first record, but once I was into it, I was hooked. The record they made with their grandma [Rehearsing My Choir] is great. People are like, "It's so controversial," and I'm like, "What's controversial about it?" It's different, but it's really cool. It's very arty and real. It's not like people saying, "We're going to do something weird." It's like, this is the record they made, and their grandmother is singing on it, and I really like it.

The A.V. Club lists the least essential albums of 2006.

WFMU's Beware of the Blog offers a "Renewable, Cross-Referenced, Self-Mutating Top Ten List of the Most Popular Top Ten Lists of the Top Ten Best Top Tens of 2006 and Beyond Swirling Forever Into an Infinite Black Hole."

Casual Gameplay is polling its readers for the best online games of 2006.

IGN lists the best music of 2006.

NPR is streaming Aimee Mann's World Cafe performance.

NPR Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson lists his favorite albums of the year.

The Independent lists the 12 greatest Britons ever, and includes the Clash's Joe Strummer.

The Arizona Republic interviews Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo.

Question: Are you surprised by the longevity of your debut album?

Answer: I feel fortunate that people still recognize us after all these years. When you think about it, all our contemporaries, there's not too many left on the scene. People now see that what Gordon was writing about wasn't necessarily confined to the pre-teenage realm. He really deals with a lot of different emotions that resonate to all ages. That's why the record goes on and we can still play.

Q: It seems to fit nicely with today's "emo" movement - punk rock with feelings.

A: I'd never thought of that, but that's pretty much exactly what it was.

The Minneapolis City Pages recaps the year in electronic dance music.

indieWIRE looks back at the year's documentaries, in particular those with music and political themes.

Rolling Stone lists 2007's most highly anticipated albums.

The Winnipeg Sun reports that series of graphic novels based on the television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, has been published. (buy book #1, book #2, book #3, book #4)

The creators quite skillfully bridge the gap between television and comic. Some may wonder how Degrassi could translate into a graphic novel, when there is such little violence and crime as compared with better-known comics. Yet, J. Torres and Ed Northcott skillfully and creatively intertwine comic-book stereotypes into the Degrassi world.

Torontoist lists its love/hate reading of 2006.

Slate wraps up the year-end music and book lists.

The Calming Seas is a comprehensive Beachwood Sparks fansite, complete with several live performances available for download.

see also:

Largehearted Boy's favorite albums of 2006
2006 Year-end Music List Compilation
this week's CD & DVD releases


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