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December 26, 2007


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviews Brian Wilson.

Q: Getting back to what we were talking about earlier: Obviously people are impressed to meet you. Who are you excited to meet?

A: Well, the president. And that's really about it. I met the president. And I met the Beatles. And I met Three Dog Night and Danny Hutton. I've really met most of the great people.

Crawdaddy! profiles Dean Wells of the Capstan Shafts.

The Capstan Shafts music is startlingly catchy, lo-fi, melancholic pop rock that sounds like the Smiths if they covered Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. The lyrics convey sweeping romanticism, but the music is rooted in the rustling imperfection of everyday. He writes and records alone at home on a four-track, and the recordings have a warm layer of tape hiss as a result. "To be honest, I just love that sound and I always have. Even bad copies of real albums sound good to me that way. I think that goes back to me as a kid. I had a record player that played too fast with crappy speakers and that was the vocabulary of music to me—crappy sounding things—walkmans that didn't quite work and record players that played wrong."

Willamette Week previews the most anticipated local albums of 2008.

Crawdaddy! recaps music in 2007 with a "very fantastical year end extravaganza."

Earvolution predicts "what will be great" in music next year. lists the best films you didn't see this year.

At the Gibson website, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats talks guitars and lists his top ten tonewoods.

9. Quilted Maple: “I don’t play fingerstyle much so these brighter-sounding woods really aren’t for me (unless I hit the jackpot and can suddenly afford to buy a new guitar to use just for one or two songs per album) but I can look at quilted maple all day long, it’s like a prism of awesomeness.”

Mother Jones interviews Marjane Satrapi about her film and graphic novel, Persepolis.

MJ: What led you to create Persepolis?

MS: I'd heard so many stupidities about my country since I left Iran. People had watched this stupid movie Not Without My Daughter [in which Sally Field plays an American who rescues her daughter from her estranged in-laws in Iran]; I heard so many things like that. I did not make Persepolis for Iranians. It was my answer to the rest of the world, to say, "Let me give you another point of view."

NPR's Morning Edition features several excerpts from Sarah Boxer's new book, Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web.

At Team Love Records, Elle Lien of Slumber party Records lists the ten best mustaches in rock n' roll.

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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