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November 22, 2007


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

Butch Slap (top albums)
East Bay Express - Eric K. Arnold (best albums)
East Bay Express - Kathleen Richards (best albums)
East Bay Express - Lee Hildebrand (best albums)
East Bay Express - Mark Keresman (best albums)
East Bay Express - Nate Seltenreich (best albums)
East Bay Express - Rachel Swan (best albums)
Feedback and Distortion (top albums)
Fimoculous (list of music lists)
Rate Your Music (aggregated top singles)
roffster (top albums) (top albums)

NOW Toronto interviews singer-songwriter Amy Millan of Stars.

Compare the celebrity groupies of your bands, Broken Social Scene and Stars.

At a Broken Social Scene show you're probably going to see Lindsay Lohan and her crowd, but Stars get more of the nerdy actors most people haven't heard of before. I remember being really excited to see Martha Plimpton one night and was calling my friends to tell them, and they were like, Martha who? Excuse meo Running On Empty, anyone? Sandra Oh was rockin' out the other night, and she's a real sweetie pie!

VIBE interviews author Junot Diaz.

CHUD interviews Todd Haynes, director of the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There.

The Minneapolis City Pages' Culture to Go blog lists 5 songs about Thanksgiving.

SF Weekly profiles singer-songwriter Karen Dalton.

Bob Dylan adored her, as did folk-rock architect Fred Neil, whose deep, phantom croon was informed by Dalton's. And, as rock 'n' roll legend has it, the Band's "Katie's Been Gone," a classic Basement Tapes track, was written in her honor. Yet Dalton — who split time among Boulder, Woodstock, and New York City — never achieved mainstream recognition. But like many great blues singers, she exuded dark romance, spiritual mystery, and brooding emotion. "It's cliché to say, but she had real soul," Loop says.

The Washington Post's Post Rock blog offers an "A to Z Hold Steady Glossary."

The Dallas Observer reviews Jim Walsh's new book, The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting.

No one likes to piss off a rock god, but oral histories thrill most when they're packed with gossipy first-person accounts. The author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting, Jim Walsh, wrote about the Minneapolis scene for years and has such depth of feeling for band leader Paul Westerberg that he may as well be attempting an oral history of his own family.

Spin features a joint interview with Win Butler of the Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen.

The School Library Journal lists the best books of 2007.

Once again, Fimoculous is posting interesting "best of 2007" lists. Be sure to also check the Largehearted Boy list of online "best of 2007" music lists.

Minnesota Public Radio's The Current features an in-studio set by the Small Sins.

Harp profiles Okkervil River.

With no simplistic answers at the bottom of an Americana bottle to be found here, Okkervil shares more in common with Will Oldham’s intimacy, the Band’s innate melancholy, and the unhinged passion of Neutral Milk Hotel. Like the latter’s Jeff Mangum, Sheff sings like he’s on fire but writes like a novelist, reeling off memorable images with an ease that belies his craftsmanship.

In the Times Online, Mike Smith (of the mp3 blog Nothing But Green Lights) offers a "student guide to getting music for free (legally)."

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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