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December 16, 2007

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The Buffalo News interviews Bob Mersereau, author of The Top 100 Canadian Albums.

It’s no surprise to see Neil Young in the top slot – and seven other slots besides! Obviously, Joni Mitchell and the Band are gonna be in there. Did anything surprise you when the panel returned the results?

The most pleasant surprise was the fact that younger people voted for older artists, and older people voted for younger artists. That’s telling, because I believe we know our history in Canada, and we’re proud of it. There’s less of the whole, ‘Oh, they’re an old band that my dad listened to, so forget them,’ sort of thing. There’s a sense of knowing where we come from, musically, and using that knowledge to get where we might be going. I was thrilled by that.

I’m not the first person to say this, but if there was a Canadian Mount Rushmore it certainly wouldn’t have politicians on it – it would have been Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot on it! We’re aware here that these are the great reference points, and we’re not afraid to look back.


The New York Post reviews my favorite holiday album of the year, Over the Rhine's wonderful Snow Angels.

Yet there's something stirring about this as well. By wrapping up such an honest package about the season, Over the Rhine has given us a gift we can use.


Harp interviews guitarist Doug Gillard about scoring films.

HARP: How do you score a reality documentary?

I worked with Terry and Michael, the directors of [American Cannibal], pretty closely for a lot of the scenes. What I would go for, in my mind? Turns out [it] wouldn’t be right for what they wanted. So it really helps to work with your directors intimately. A lot of times we had the computer with a QuickTime version of the movie and they’d give me dialogue cues. They knew what they wanted, which was good. There’s certainly an element of free reign with these film scores, too. Sometimes I’ll just do some beds of music that I think might fit in—there’s a few of those in American Cannibal.


The Los Angeles Times recaps 2007 in the world of books.


The New York Daily News points out young adult novels by "cool authors" with a "hip rep."

Young adult has become a welcoming genre for many literary luminaries this year, including Nick Hornby, Francine Prose and Sherman Alexie, who just won the National Book Award for his teen title. But the category has produced its own stars as well. Stephanie Meyer, author of the best-selling "Twilight" series, is certainly one. There's no question that the best young-adult titles are very good indeed.


The Wilmington News-Journal recommends five baseball books to read until the season starts.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers its annual roundup of holiday CD releases.


The Observer's Alex Clark lists his favorite books of 2007.



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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