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November 30, 2007


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

Artforum - David Byrne, Kim Gordon, Marissa Nadler (via Stereogum) (top albums)
I'm Losing My Edge (top albums)
I'm Losing My Edge (top b-sides, remixes, remakes)
Just Gimme Indie Rock (top songs)
Music Nation (various esoteric lists)
Paste - Staff Picks (top albums)
Paste - Writers Picks (top albums)
Theft Liable to Prosecution (favorite albums)

see also:

the constantly updated list of online "best of 2007" music lists
the complete list of online "best of 2006" music lists

The Boston Globe profiles Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

At the Boston Globe, singer-songwriter Richard Hawley talks about his hometown's influence on his songs.

"I don't know what it's like to live in Paris or Boston or Albuquerque or LA - but I do know what it's like to live in Sheffield, having lived here all my life," he says. "It's a backdrop in my mind. The music I've loved over the years - like Iggy Pop, his stuff is so informed by Detroit; or Lou Reed and New York; or the Sun stuff, which is so Memphis - it couldn't be made anywhere else. I know if I moved anywhere else I'd lose the mojo."

The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot interviews Paul McCartney.

Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo discusses songwriting with the Washington Past's Express.

"As a songwriter, there's this room. No one enters but me. It's lonely, sometimes painful. The songs you get that are completely illuminated and transcend that room are rare," says Escovedo. "They're a great joy."

In the Contra Costa Times, author Penny Warner chronicles the life of a writer on a book tour.

You bribe your future readers to the event by promising them an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet and free bookmarks, then search the knock-off stores for a "literary outfit" that makes you look like Rowling. You realize after you purchase it that you look more like Lady Voldemort, so you change into a T-shirt featuring an ironed-on copy of your book cover, pull on a pair of black jeans to hide your less-than-literary fat, and skip the fake glasses.

Billboard examines the changing state of major labels and their embrace of digital music downloads.

News of the Pepsi promotion, which is expected to be announced Feb. 3 during the Super Bowl, coincides with an ultimatum from Wal-Mart asking major labels to supply with their music in MP3, sources say. Labels, meanwhile, say they have been watching the success of an MP3 test UMG began in August; the major continues to allow the sale of 85% of its current catalog as MP3s. Sources say UMG is on the verge of permanently embracing that digital format. But a source close to the testing insists the decision is still up in the air while the company awaits conclusive results from the trial, which are due in mid-January.

The Salt Lake Tribune lists the competition films for the 2008 Sundance festival.

Project: Rooftop has named the winners in its "Wonder Woman Eardrobe War."

The Brandeis Hoot lists the top five movie adaptations of comic books, and the San Diego Union-Tribune lists ten "book to box-office adaptions that worked."

Lullabyes lists download sources for Christmas music mashups.

The Futurist recaps the recent WOXY Lounge Act performance by the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, and offers two mp3s from the band's in-studio set.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

In Rainbow's four predecessors and Yorke's solo album, The Eraser, had all been leaked by somebody. ``Not necessarily in the proper form,'' Yorke says, ``which is sort of mildly irritating-stroke-very irritating if it was someone in the record company or, indeed, someone breaking into the record studio while you're working, which is what happened on Hail To The Thief. All these things were a real pisser. So it was nice to keep it really inhouse.''

Cory Murchy of Minus the Bear puts his iPod on shuffle for the A.V. Club.

USA Today profiles some of the younger bands making music today, including Smoosh and Tiny Masters of Today.

The New York Times Paper Cuts blog features a music playlist by author Stephen Elliott.

CNET's is offering a free & legal holiday mp3 mix.

Author Chris Adrian made Esquire's 2007 list of the "best and brightest."

The New York Times lists the ten best books of 2007.

The New York Times examines the video game rivalry between Guitar Hero III and Rock Band.

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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