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January 2, 2007


Aversion reports that Matmos has earned his Ph.D, his dissertation on "melancholy in late 16th century/early 17th century English painting, drama and prose."

The Washington Post lists noteworthy DVDs and DVD moments of 2006.

Most Welcome DVD Arrival: The Criterion Collection of "Dazed and Confused," which kicked the box-set butt of Universal's previous, lame release. With a documentary, extensive audition footage, an engaging commentary by director Richard Linklater and more, this stands as my favorite DVD of the year.

Joey Burns of Calexico puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

Scott Walker, "It's Raining Today"

JB: I like Scott Walker. I like the theatrical aspect. He's pretty dark, and you can hear how his vocalisms relate to people like Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds—along the same lines as Lee Hazlewood. You can hear how he's influenced people like Smog and Nick Cave. I think there's something about the music that's ethereal—he's kind of just doing this poetic rant. This is the kind of music I listen to in San Francisco at 3 o'clock in the morning.

Popmatters eulogizes James Brown.

The Denver Post lists the 25 most anticipated albums of 2007.

Macworld lists "the best of the best of 2006."

Minnesota Public Radio spends an hour with an etymologist discussing word origins.

The New York Times examines 2006 in protest music.

The Independent calls 2007 the "year of the comeback," with reunions slated by bands like Genesis and the Police.

NPR's All Things Considered lists the top 10 movies of 2006.

The Bat Segundo literary podcast has two actresses-turned-authors as guests this week, Amy Sedaris and Nina Hartley.

The Washington Post lists what is in and out for 2007.

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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