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December 17, 2007

Shorties lists the top alt rock breakup songs.

The New Yorker features new short fiction by Junot Diaz, "Alma."

At Slate, Los Angeles Times music critic Ann Powers talks about her favorite albums of the year.

Another favorite listen this year came from unrevolutionary country gal Patty Griffin, who released the quiet genre-buster Children Running Through in February. Griffin's not a Young Turk, like Miranda Lambert (whom I like, too), nor a firebrand, like fellow redhead Neko Case. She's just a really good songwriter whose own albums get stuck in the "Americana" category that nobody thinks is sexy anymore. (Oops, I see a theme emerging: middle-aged critic defends middle-aged artists who don't make the "hottie" grade. Sorry to be solipsistic. I promise to write about Lil Wayne's bodacious rhymes in my next post!)

The Age's music blog lists four of the most underrated artists in music.

The Riverfront Times writes an open letter to Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

At Salon, Douglas Wolk lists the year's notable graphic novels and comics.

see also: Wolk's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for his book, Reading Comics

Drowned in Sound interviews Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell.

Pitchfork has listed its top 100 tracks of the year.

Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander talks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Los Angeles Times reviews this year's batch of holiday albums.

Threadless has extended their holiday $10 t-shirt sale through Wednesday.

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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