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December 6, 2007


Notable additions to the master list of online 2007 music lists include a list of the year's beautiful albums by comedian Margaret Cho, as well as album lists by Muzzle of Bees, Donewaiting's Robert Duffy, and Fimoculous.

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

3B (best albums)
Baeble Music (top albums)
Central and Remote (top albums)
Chocolate Bobka (music)
The Cure for Bedbugs (albums and singles)
The Daily Californian (live music highlights)
The Daily Californian (top albums)
Disappear Here (top albums)
Donewaiting - Robert Duffy (favorite albums)
erkengel nathanica (top albums)
Faronheit (best reissues/compilations)
Fimoculous (top albums)
frolicking through intuition (favorite albums)
Greetings from Utah (favorite albums)
Here Comes Super! (top album)
I Love You, Blue Van Meer! (top albums)
I Think You're Wrong (top albums)
ireallylovemusic (albums)
Lost in the Grooves (best albums)
Loyola Phoenix (most spun albums)
Margaret Cho (beautiful albums)
Mark Ronson (best albums)
Mixtapes for Hookers (top songs)
MOJO (best albums)
Music Staff - The Ears of the Capstone (greatest albums)
Music Sucks (best albums)
Muzzle of Bees (best albums)
No Red Shoes (top albums)
Observer Music Monthly (top albums)
Paul Banks - Interpol (best albums)
Rob Huebel (best albums)
Sopheava de Lumiere (best albums)
There Stands the Glass (best live shows)
To The Tune Of 5,000 Screaming Children (top albums)
UWIRE (college newspaper music critics' best albums)
The Villanovan (top albums you've never heard)
Wonderbug (best albums)
XLR8TR (best artists)

see also:

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

The Towerlight lists its best films of 2007.

Reuters profiles singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and her independent career path.

Pitchfork's Guest List features Nick Harte of the Shocking Pinks.

>> Last Great Book I Read

I go back to older books as well. There's a book by Henri Barbusse called Hell. I think it was written in the early 20th century. That's a great, great book. And the book Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet, I think it's from the 50s, early 50s, again French-- that's the screenplay that I'm going to be adapting from that book. Just changing the setting a tiny bit. The three main characters in the book are quite knotted, and it will make for good writing. And other books as well, I just got this book called Sound Zero. I think the premise of it is, it has the cover to the first Velvet Underground album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, but they just use Andy Warhol, and all the album covers he did and the influence on other album covers he's had, which, actually thinking about it is funny because the Shocking Pinks singles covers are almost a bit like that. Taken from Cassavetes films instead. Talking about film, I'm going back, there's someone I should mention: John Cassavetes, I really love his films. And Andrei Tarkovksy As well.

The Wall Street Journal reviews the new portable music players from Slacker.

The new Slacker players will come in three models, ranging from $200 to $300, depending on capacity. But the music they play will be absolutely free, contained in preprogrammed Internet radio stations instead of individually selected songs and albums. The stations will be automatically refreshed with new tunes via a wireless connection built right into the device. You'll have to be near a hot spot for these updates. But you won't need a hot spot just to hear your music, because the songs are cached on the device. And you'll never have to plug it into a computer.

In the New Republic, Douglas Wolk compares US presidential candidates' Facebook strategies.

I Like Music interviews Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy.

USA Today reviews Ha Jin's latest novel, A Free Life, and offers an excerpt.

Bloomberg offers a holiday fiction gift book list.

Popmatters examines the musical holiday institution, the Christmas carol.

And thus we are left with Schroeder’s dilemma: just what is the carol? In what stylistic register does it belong? The carol seems to occupy a liminal space between the sacred and the secular, between the spiritual and the commercial, and between art and popular music. Perhaps it should not be surprising that this is so. After all, the carol, throughout its long and storied history, has wavered between these poles. And so, in the spirit of taking advantage of the holiday season to look back toward the places we’ve been, I suggest we take a moment to survey some of the peculiar circumstances that attend upon the history of the carol.

BoardGameGeek has created a Wiki for its 2007 board game gift guide.

WXPN's World Cafe features the Weakerthans with an in-studio performance and interview with frontman John K. Samson.

The Philadelphia Inquirer lists "children's books with a voice and empathy" published this year.

Drowned in Sound interviews singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

What, we wonder aloud, are the worst Christmas songs of all time?

"They’re all so depressing," muses Stevens. "But I especially hate ‘Away In A Manger’. It’s just so maudlin and sentimental, at least the proper commercial songs don’t have any pretence about them. I mean, I’ve written a lot of sentimental songs but I like to feel Christmas music can be intelligent and emotional and mysterious, and I think the pervasive culture has destroyed that, it’s more about economics."

The New Statesman examines EMI's recent belt-tightening directions, including the possibility of cutting ties to the RIAA.

The rumoured cuts to funding trade bodies could well be part of this belt-tightening. But technologists will inevitably interpret the rumours differently. After all, EMI was the first label to drop consumer-unfriendly digital rights management technology, and Hands, reacting to Radiohead's online release of their album In Rainbows earlier in the autumn, warned EMI that it needed to "embrace digital or die".

The Catbirdseat recaps the year of Catbird Records (my favorite small label, I buy every one of its releases as soon as they are announced).

New York magazine's The Comics Page blog features an excerpt from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's Marvel comics series, Lawless.

The Philadelphia City Paper interviews Marah frontman Dave Bielanko.

The Independent Weekly profiles singer-songwriter (and former Dismemberment Plan frontman) Travis Morrison.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet lists spoken word CD stocking stuffers.

Rolling Stone lists the top fifty rock songs over 7 minutes long.

The Futurist recaps the Mugs' WOXY Lounge Act session and offers a couple of in-studio tracks by the Brooklyn 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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