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December 15, 2007


This page lists the daily update posts to the master list of 2007 online music lists (in case you miss a day or two and don't want to trawl through the entire post for new ly added lists).

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross talks to the Montreal Gazette about his classical music blog, The Rest Is Noise.

He admits to worrying the blog "would be received as some kind of renegade exercise," Ross says in a pleasant light tenor over the phone. "But I was astonished by the warmth of the reaction, especially from younger people, who felt like someone stepped up and said things that were very much on their minds - about the struggle and promise of classical music in American culture at the moment, of overcoming certain antiquated ideas and stereotypes of what classical music is all about and getting to a more human, richer and maybe culturally savvier conception. I wasn't saying something so totally original, but more like I was collecting a bunch of thoughts from many people and finding a way to connect them."

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig talks to the Boston Herald.

But Vampire Weekend’s new twist on an old Simon album entranced everyone they came across. Before they signed their record deal with XL, the guys were blogged about by David Byrne, opened for Animal Collective and the Shins and were written up in The New York Times [NYT] as being the best thing since the fall of apartheid.

“Its been nice getting all the press, but it doesn’t mean much,” said Koenig. “The more press you get, well, it doesn’t correlate to fans or sales or anything.”

The Wall Street Journal interviews cartoonist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi about her film, Persepolis.

The term "graphic novel" has taken off here in the States. How do you feel about your work being described that way?

I don't like "graphic novel." It's a word that publishers created for the bourgeois to read comics without feeling bad. Comics is just a way of narrating -- it's just a media type. Chris Ware doesn't like it either -- he says it sounds like "Lady Chatterley's Lover."

Dear Rockers gives you the chance to write an open letter to musicians and send them compensation for illegally downloaded music.

The Zappa Family Trust has served FZ fan site Kill Ugly Radio with a cease and desist letter.

Other Music features video of an in-store performance by St. Vincent.

The Belfast Telegraph profiles author Lynne Tillman.

With each book, Tillman took a form and made it anew. When she wrote about Warhol's factory in The Velvet Years, she turned to oral history to capture the verve of the period. In 1999, a small project on the 20th anniversary of the now-defunct independent New York bookstore Books and Co. turned into a full-scale cultural history when the store was threatened and closed. "It took me three years to write. Each day I would get up and go to my desk and cry, it was so daunting. I wanted so badly to make it interesting. I ended up talking to over 70 people and weaving all their stories into a kind of collage."

The Telegraph reviews the year in books.

NPR's Morning Edition solicits best fiction and food book lists from independent bookseller.

WXPN features a streaming live performance by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

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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