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November 21, 2007


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

Christianity Today (best Christian albums)
The Counting The Beat Alternatuis (best New Zealand releases)
I Don't Even Know What the Name Means (best album)
Jack Roy (best albums)
Northwest Music Blog (best albums)
Palindrome (top albums)
Palindrome (top albums, great videos)
Slowly Going Bald (musical year in review)
Streak's Blog (top albums)

ProductshopNYC lists the best albums of 1987.

The A.V. Club interviews soul singer Betty LaVette.

Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart talks to JamBase.

LiveDaily interviews former Delgados singer Emma Pollock.

The A.V. Club interviews Todd Haynes, director of the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There.

AVC: The Richard Gere segments of I'm Not There are like a Greil Marcus essay brought to life.

TH: Yeah, totally. Marcus' Invisible Republic was instrumental in the whole period of build and rediscovery I found myself in during the year 2000. I read the book before I got my hands on the five-disc Basement Tapes collection—the original recordings that include the song "I'm Not There." That was a whole free-play time for me, of discovery and excavation of material I'd never heard before. And Greil Marcus' book was part of the spell.

Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara talks to the Cleveland Free Times.

Savannah Connect interviews former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell about his solo career.

You’ve been around the Muscle Shoals, Alabama thing for all your life. How much of the magic still remains in that area, and in those players, and how much of it vanished in the air when that studio shut down?

Jason Isbell: I was born right across the river from Muscle Shoals, so I grew up with those folks and that sound all around me. The FAME Studio, the one that is located where the original place was, it’s still there. It had been on a downward slope with the business that was coming through there. But you know, the players themselves are as good as they ever were, and they’re still working to this day!

USA Today reviews (and excerpts from) Michael Chabon's latest novel, Gentlemen of the Road.

On the Mountain Goats website, John Darnielle announces three December UK dates and offers some insight into the band's next album, Heretic Pride (out in February).

the tracklist:

1. Sax Rohmer #1
2. San Bernardino
3. Heretic Pride
4. Autoclave
5. New Zion
6. So Desperate
7. In the Craters on the Moon
8. Lovecraft in Brooklyn
9. Tianchi Lake
10. How to Embrace a Swamp Creature
11. Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident
12. Sept 15 1983
13. Michael Myers Resplendent

Super Furry Animals bass player Guto Pryce answers questions from Drowned in Sound readers.

Wired lists Star Trek's 10 cheesiest classic creatures.

BlueSunCorp lists its top ten science fiction novels.

CO-ED magazine lists 20 alt-rock songs you "must download at once!"

NPR is streaming this week's Washington performance by Broken Social Scene Presents Kevin Drew Spirit If...

Beirut's Zach Condon talks to Drowned in Sound.

You’re a busy boy. “My manager's saying, ‘It’s okay, take a break, it’s not going to disappear’. But I feel like I need to do certain things before I hit, say, 25, and then after that it’s a blank page.” But, I suggest, you’ll then say ‘I need to get things done before I hit 30’. “Mostly, yeah, that’s kinda the way that the Condons work. The family lineage is compulsive.” Returning to the conundrum of touring, he then admits, “I wasn’t built for it and it’s brand new to me. I guess there’s only one hour a day that I actually enjoy.”

Brooklynvegan offers mp3s of his holiday mix.

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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