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December 14, 2007


The Chicago Tribune profiles local record label Thrill Jockey on its 15th anniversary.

The A.V. Club interviews singer-songwriter P.J. Harvey.

AVC: This idea of conjuring music instead of writing it sort of comes from the blues world, which seems to be an influence on your work.

PJ: I can agree with you on that, because I think blues music is music of the soul. Of course, there are other forms. You could call some classical music blues music in that way. Things that make you feel, that go into that innermost core. It's about being human. That's the stuff of the soul. If that means blues or country or whatever, it's just that. It's soul-to-soul business. I think that's enormously comforting, nourishing, and inspiring, and always has been.

The Brooklyn Rail wonders if piracy is killing independent music.

At Filter, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats lists his favorite albums of the year.

Slate recaps the year in film.

Stereogum points out free holiday mp3s.

Uncut has gathered YouTube footage from Led Zeppelin's reunion concert.

Salon lists the year's best coffee table books.

The Montreal Mirror interviews Ron Regé Jr. of Lavender Diamond.

Mirror: Lavender Diamond urges listeners towards peace and love, both interpersonal and ecological—not merely in a superficial, lip-service fashion but rather a very profound, pervasive and insistent manner.

Ron Regé Jr: It’s like that Elvis Costello song, “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding.” Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard interviews with him and Nick Lowe—it’s a Nick Lowe song—where they’re like, “It’s not supposed to be funny. It’s sounds funny but I’m actually serious,” which is kind of the whole gist of it. Especially in these days, it’s emergency time. Things are different, it’s not the ’60s anymore, the environment and everything, with the war—it’s time to be serious. It’s nothing to joke around about, and it’s been played off by everyone as being kinda goofy for so long. Whatever, so are skulls and crossbones. The Misfits are goofy. It’s like, the opposite is goofy too. Marching down the street wearing black can be goofy.

Thirsty interviews singer-songwriter Dan Sartain.

Entertainment Weekly counts down the top 25 science fiction films of the last 25 years.

False 45th is sharing mp3s of Yo La Tengo's Halloween eve Seattle acoustic performance.

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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