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January 29, 2007


Winners of the LHB "50 for 5" anniversary contest will be announced this afternoon.

The Guardian's music blog is soliciting suggestions for "indie love songs."

The New York Times reviews the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album, Some Loud Thunder.

As on the first album Mr. Ounsworth’s songs circled through two- and three-chord vamps. But now the producer Dave Fridmann, who’s behind the majestic psychedelia of the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, opens them up: with chimes, synthesizers, contrapuntal guitars, instrumental swells and backup vocals that turn into mass singalongs.

The Daily Californian interviews Of Montreal bassist Bryan Poole.

DC: On “Hissing Fauna,” I can hear some funk influences and some Prince—how have other groups influenced the band?

BP: The earlier period was more ‘60s psychedelic pop, and Kevin was pretty adamant that he didn't want to listen to anything past maybe early ‘70s. Then he started doing “Satanic Panic” and then he started to expand and open himself to all sorts of different music, you know like reggae, afrobeat, and checking out all the electronic music that was happening. He'll say bands like M.I.A, I'm trying to think of others. And of course Prince, he was like a childhood thing. I think we all grew up with him in a weird way, you know Bowie and all that stuff.

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian interviews Craig Finn of the Hold Steady.

In the New York Times, author Michael Chabon has begun his serial novel, and also reads the first chapter.

Stylus interviews Jamie Lidell.

I have to say I don't think I would've necessarily checked out Multiply without the blogger support. You were on the cover of “The Wire,” and I may have decided after reading that article to check it out.

It takes a lot, I know what you mean. It's given me a lot more respect for people who get out there and push their thing. You really gotta be a certain kind of person. I've got some of that, and another part of me, which I think a lot of people have, is a destructive edge, where you just want to get out of it all and not hang in that kind of way or think about things. You sort of think of yourself as product and it's such a twisted thing, it's disgusting. I hate that. i just want to make music and I don't like me being a product. Unfortunately you've got to step a little into that realm.

The Birmingham News and the Crimson White review Jeff Tweedy's Birmingham performance

Stylus combines two of my favorite things: soccer and music, in an article about soccer-related music.

Popmatters examines hip hop's recent nods to its past.

In a sense, hip-hop has always been mindful of the old school by having a built-in means of connecting past to present through sampling or direct quoting. Certainly, not every current head can cite each Biggie line that Jay quips or recognize all the Eric B & Rakim references in today’s hits, but isn’t there a comparable generation/information gap in every art form?

Author Marjane Satrapi talks to Cafe Babel.

'I couldn’t keep from expressing my thoughts through drawing. I like thinking in pictures and that’s what comics are made of. For me it’s important not to use too many words or think in black-and-white.' This young woman with her Eastern features is passionate about what she does.

In Harp, Dean and Britta discuss the albums that changed their lives.

Can this pilgrim make some progress? camps out for Sufjan Stevens tickets, and blogs about it.

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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