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December 27, 2007


Updates to the master list of online "best of 2007" music lists will resume today, and this week will also see the final installments of this year's 52 Books, 52 Weeks reading project and a couple of lists of my favorite books of the year.

Note the change of address on the about page, as of this afternoon I will again be a resident of the Iron City, Birmingham, Alabama.

Boston's Phoenix recaps the year in local rock.

USA Today shares nine more books it loved reading in 2007, including Min Jin Lee's wonderful Free Food for Millionaires.

The National Post examines the growing influence of world music on indie rock.

Another well received album this year was Nu-Med by the New York-based Balkan Beat Box. On it, ex-Gogol Bordello-er Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat merge Arabic, Jewish, Mediterranean and Slavic influences with electronica on a mash-up that Entertainment Weekly called "one of the rare records that bubbe and the grandkids can all groove to."

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette lists its favorite pop albums of the year.

geeksugar lists the top five literary websites and communites.

Los Angeles CityBeat recaps the year in comics.

NPR's Second Stage lists thr top ten unknown artists 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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