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January 5, 2007

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Tuddd's Muddd recaps "the year in Pollard."


Shins frontman James Mercer talks to the Guardian.

It's useful to think of Mercer of the Woody Allen of indie: literate, self-deprecating, witty. And, he says, he prizes intelligence in songwriting more than anything else. "The most enjoyable part of this all is the craft. The trying to be clever - the 'math' of pop music."


At AskMetafilter, the community is suggesting drinks inspired by famous authors.


Comics Should be Good! is counting down 365 reasons to love comics.


The Hold Steady plays an in-studio performance at ">WXPN's World Cafe.


The Christian Science Monitor previews 2007 in music.


My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan talks to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

"We're blessed enough to have such a diverse audience participation," Hallahan said, "seeing 40- and 50-year-olds along with 16-year-olds. Nerds and jocks and hippies and preppies, indie-rock kids and punk-rock kids, they all seem to come out to the shows.

"I don't feel a particular exclusive allegiance to any of them. I think it's part of a greater musical collective."


The Manchester Evening News previews 2007 in pop music as well as for local artists.


The Christian Science Monitor previews the year in books.


Guardian readers create a playlist of songs named after dates.


Singer-songwriter John Vanderslice talks to the Age.

"The internet really is the saviour for musicians everywhere. It's the best thing that's happened to mankind, actually. It's definitely, for all forms of art, it's been a wonder. My bread and butter is my website and my internet presence. We just toured Europe without a label and we had a great tour because of the internet."


Donewaiting's unofficial SXSW blog has daily updates on the Austin music festival and conference.


Drowned in Sound lists bands to watch for in 2007.


Sebadoh is searching for more live recordings of the band.


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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