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December 10, 2007

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Today's update to the master list of online "best of 2007" music lists includes Popmatters' first two lists of the year (best electronic albums and best net music marketing gimmicks).

3and4 (best albums)
Adventures in a Strange and Distant Land (favorite albums)
Aimless Banter (top albums)
Anejo Mockingbird (best albums)
anyone's guess (favorite albums)
Are You F*cking Serious - Vinnie (favorite albums)
Bag of Songs (best live shows)
bunny say boo (albums)
Cdreviews.com (most disappointing albums)
The Chicagoer (top albums)
CubikMusik (music & blogs)
Culture Bully (albums that should have been good but weren't)
Deaf Indie Elephants (favorite songs)
Die Otterdaemmerung (best albums)
Fat Planet (albums)
Geek Down (songs)
Half of what I say is meaningless... (favorite albums)
Happy Home (best albums)
Hearsay! (top albums)
I'll Go Mine (top albums)
Listen to My Mix (favorite albums)
meshmdz (top albums, songs)
Mishka Bloglin - My Pal the Crook (top albums)
Owlspotting (top albums)
pampelmoose (best musical discoveries)
Popmatters (best electronic music)
Popmatters (best net music marketing gimmicks)
Ramblings on Music, Texas, Etc. (best albums)
robot_noise (best live shows)
The Rockologist (top albums)
San Diego State University's Daily Aztec (top albums)
Something Apropos (favorite albums)
Therapy (top albums)
TIME (best albums)
TIME (best live performances)
TIME (best songs)
Trog a Roo (top albums by old favorites)

see also:

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


New York magazine recaps the year in books, naming the best books in several esoteric categories.

MOST DESERVING PROMOTION TO THE CANON
Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The book begins with a diary entry in which the narrator tells us that he’s joined a radical school of poets called the “visceral realists.” In the next entry, he admits that he doesn’t really know what visceral realism is. The novel was published in Spanish in 1998, and this translation seems to have ushered in Bolaño’s American moment. An English version of 2666—the alleged career-capping masterpiece he was working on at his death—is already one of the most anticipated novels of next year.


TIME lists the year's best fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels.


Esquire lists 2007's five best reads.


Cracked lists the most unnecessary greatest albums of all time.


WXPN features a streaming concert bu singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.


Beth Ditto of Gossip talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I don't think I'm provocative at all," Ditto says. "I just feel like we're a punk band that dabbled in a little bit of this weird kind of success that they never expected. I think that we've been the same kind of people, we've made the same kind of music, we've put on the exact same kind of show, for eight years - down to the stripping, to the writing things on us."


The Baltimore Sun ponders dreadful holiday music.


Alternative Reel lists the top 10 bizarre literary deaths.


Wired's Listening Post blog interviews Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess.

Listening Post: Why did the Charlatans decide not to go the traditional record label route for this release?

Tim Burgess, The Charlatans: We were on a record label that was in the process of being bought out -- Sanctuary was being bought by Universal. We had left Universal and ended up on Sanctuary, and therefore it was a record deal we didn't think was satisfactory. So the band decided that we wanted to do it ourselves, and I went on a DJ tour with my manager Alan [McGee], and we discussed how we were going to further The Charlatans career, and he said, "for a start, I reckon we should give away music." This was like 9 months ago.

We decided not to go with a record label, and decided to form an idea of giving away our music. We didn't know how we wanted to give it away, but we knew we wanted to give it away to as many people as possible. Further down the road we came to an idea [inaudible] a radio station in England, and decided to give it away as a joint thing.


The Hidden Side of a Leaf is hosting a graphic novels challenge (read 6 graphic novels in 2008 and leave a comment linking to your reviews).


T-shirt of the day: "Stewart-Colbert 2008"


Video of the day: Art Brut's Eddie Argos joins the Mountain Goats onstage for a rousing rendition of "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton."



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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