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December 29, 2007


The Ottawa Citizen previews people, books, movies, and bands on its radar for 2008.


One of the so-called "new rave" bands coming out of Britain, Klaxons are one of the few emerging bands worth getting excited about. Their debut, Myths of the Near Future, is a fusion of electronic, dance-punk, and art-school indie rock unlike anything else found on mainstream radio. Currently working on a follow-up disc, Klaxons won the 2007 Mercury Music prize and were also named Best New Band at this year's NME Awards.

Spinner's The Interface is recapping its best in-studio performances and interviews of the year.

The Deadbolt Feature lists the worst films of 2007. lists the best unreleased films of 2007.

The Avett Brothers' Scott Avett talks to Country Standard Time.

"When you go on trips - some cross country ordeal or overseas - you always come home feeling learned and experienced, and you have stories to tell and there's things to talk about and remember, and it really does stimulate every part of your life," says Avett. "We're constantly like that, we're constantly being energized by that and it helps. It helps as you grow older, you just realize you're growing older a lot slower because of it. It really keeps you alive. We've grown very accustomed to it and we feel very natural on the road, and we know the ins and outs of it, so that's helped even more."

DCist lists five D.C.-based books you may have missed.

The Guardian examines 2007's bestselling books.

The San Francisco Chronicle lists the top video games of the year.

The Tris McCall Report offers a "sissy version" of a pop music abstract for the year.

The CBC lists the top 100 pop culture moments 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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