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January 24, 2007


Enter the Largehearted Boy 5th anniversary "50 for 5" contest, and win 50 albums or 5 graphic novels.

The Daily Northwestern talks to local independent music stores about the internet's effect (both good and bad) on their business.

MTV News examines bogus music festival reports.

Wired interviews actor/author John Hodgman.

Do nonhuman animals have culture?

Yes. Anyone who has read Watership Down knows that animals have religion, art, literature, and Owsla - the four pillars of culture as defined by most experts. But it’s not just rabbits who are writing novels. Did you know that Absalom, Absalom! was written by snakes?

Harmonium interviews Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes.

Harmonium: Was writing and recoding the material that’s on Hissing Fauna cathartic for you?

Barnes: Yeah, definitely. When I was making this record, I wasn’t actually thinking that I was making a record. I was just sort of approaching creating music as a form of therapy because I was going through this serious chemical depression and anxiety — like serious anxiety and paranoia problems — and the music was there to sort of help me get through it. And so that’s why I think the first half of the record sounds like, to me it sounds like Sunlandic Twins, musically…the reason why is when I was writing it, Sunlandic Twins hadn’t even come out yet.

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann talks to Popmatters.

As to her next original album, Mann is still pondering a particular creative direction, but finds herself leaning away from the conceptual themes that Lost in Space and The Forgotten Arm were based around.

“I don’t really know what I want to do (for the next album). I think I’m going to let the songs dictate what the record sounds like”, says Mann. “I’m kind of leaning toward a record more like (1995’s) I’m With Stupid, where every song sort of has its own vibe and it’s on a song-by-song basis”.

Stylus lists the "top ten Method Man guest appearances.

Popmatters examines the misogyny of comics artist R. Crumb.

Fans of his style claimed that he was merely holding nothing back and keeping nothing sacred; he was really “letting it all hang out.” In a time that despised instinctual repression, Crumb’s work seemed like a representation of everything The Man was against: artistic expression, sex, and sexual artistic expression. In reality, he was so generally embittered towards women and afraid of “selling out” to commercialism that he resorted to shock tactics or material designed to alienate. By buying in to the cultural norms of female repression and gender roles, Crumb ended up supporting the very mainstream values he claimed to abhor.

Rafter Roberts talks to San Diego CityBEAT about his new album, Music for Total Chickens.

“This album was written as sort of a loving, helpful, encouraging thing,” says the San Diego musician. “Every song’s lyric is a part of that—trying to celebrate what’s wonderful [and] positively deal with problems, accept hardship and tragedy but still work on improving our lives. If it was a book, it’d totally be in the self-help section.”

Jelly Ink Press has Kelly Link's first collection of short fiction, Stranger Things Happen, available as a free download in multiple formats.

Minnesota Public Radio has in-studio performances from Earl Greyhound and Vega4.

IGN lists the "top ten songs about wonderful cities."

Harp interviews former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr about joining Modest Mouse.

HARP: I also heard that that when you were deliberating over joining the band, your son basically pulled you aside and said, “Dad, you have to do this.”

Well, I’d kind of made up my mind [when that happened]. I was talking to them about being on tour. I was saying, “This record might keep me away next year. What do you think?” And he was like, “What are you even asking me for? It’s Modest Mouse. Go do it.” [laughs] But there was a very symbolic moment when I was driving over to the rehearsals one day. I got attached to a couple of the songs in a big way and I found myself accelerating because I was excited to go and play the song we were working on. I thought to myself, at that moment, “Shit, you’re doing it. You’re getting attached.” They didn’t even know if I was going to be able to make the entire record.

Rolling Stone's Rock and Roll Daily blog lists musicians whose initial retirements proved premature.

JamBase interviews the Who's Pete Townshend.

Pitchfork has an mp3 download ("Tourist Trap") available from the forthcoming Bright Eyes album, Cassadega.

JamBase interviews Bob Weir of Ratdog and formerly of the Grateful Dead.

Do you download music yourself?

Yes. I go to commercial sites you know, mostly [iTunes]. If I can't find something on Apple Music then I start drifting around. It is all pretty much the same quality. Actually, Apple Music is pretty good. They have the FLAC stuff.

IGN lists the most anticipated Wii and Nintendo DS games of 2007 (I'm just anticipating the chance to buy a Wii at list price without standing in line before daybreak)

Spudart lists the top 20 Chicago blogs by individual authors, and includes Live Music Blog.

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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