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November 18, 2007


Yesterday's additions to the constantly updated master list of online 2007 music lists:

ad hoc. (worst albums)
The Idiot Chronicles (top albums)
A Sweeping Curve of Sound (best albums, ongoing)
trip over life (greatest albums)
Violence Against Art (favorite albums)

Singer-songwriter Manu Chao talks to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I love to recycle," says Chao of the instrumental compositions that might show up twice on one album and then again on the next record. "I refuse to accept that everything has to be new. Even with my shoes, until they're completely torn up I won't buy new ones. There's something in this world where we're taught that everything has to be new, new, new! It's like, 'Ah, you don't have the new recorder or the new computer?' No. I'll use my computer until it's broken. I love it. It's the same with my music. Until my toys don't work I don't feel the need to change."

Australia's the Age profiles Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.

Three years ago, Jens Lekman was voted the 15th sexiest man in Sweden by Elle magazine. OK, that's not exactly bachelor-of-the-year status, but it's not bad. Not bad at all for a droll pop singer with what was, at the time, a small but devoted following for his achingly lovely songs - songs with wit and heart, about philosophy and Rocky Dennis (the disfigured teenage boy in the film Mask); about using your one phone call after being arrested to request a song on the radio; or about pretending to be your lesbian friend's boyfriend to keep her father happy.

The American Society of Magazine Editors has chosen its best magazine covers of 2007.

Amazon editors have named their 100 best books of 2007.

Included on the list are two authors contributed a Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for their book:

Kate Christensen for The Great Man
Steven Hall for The Raw Shark Texts

Alternative Reel lists the top ten alternative documentary films.

NPR is streaming last night's Neko Case Los Angeles concert.

also at Largehearted Boy:

2007 online music lists
Daily Downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases


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