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January 7, 2008


BBC News interviews Maccabees guitarist Hugo White.

Tell us about the content of your music, it's quite romantic.

Orlando [Weeks] writes all the lyrics, but a lot of it's about writing what we genuinely know about from friends, family and some of it comes across romantically. He talks about things close to home and wears his heart on his sleeve.

The New York Daily News profiles Brooklynphono, a presser of vinyl albums.

The Red and Black profiles Telenovela.

The indie-pop duo of Zachary Smola and Stephanie Clayton placed at No. 5 on National Public Radio's "Top 10 Great Unknown Artists of 2007." Also, Flagpole recognized its album "Saffron Songs" as the number one local album of 2007. interviews author/chef/television personality Anthony Bourdain. Your uncensored, blunt voice-overs often leave us wondering, "Did he really just say that?" How much grief do you get from the suits at Travel about your narration?

Bourdain: I have to say they've been really good. They've let stuff sail through that I was frankly surprised by. I'm on TV on the strength of a fairly obnoxious, overtestosteroned, salty book [2000's Kitchen Confidential]. So nobody expected me to morph into Tyler Florence overnight. They had a pretty good idea what was coming.

Drowned in Sound interviews Sarah O'Shura of the Battle of the Land and Sea.

Your sound is quite unique, but who has influenced your songs? I hear shades of Mazzy Star and other psychedelic bands in there.

Sarah: Influences are so vast, but for me what's most influential is how a record sounds, the feel of a record can transport you to a different time and place. That's what we were going for on this record, a warm nostalgia. I can't put a finger on it exactly but there is a sound that certain records have that just grabs me and makes me want to listen to them a hundred times over. Midlake's The Trails of Van Occupanther has it, so does Iron and Wine, Mt. Egypt, Hope Sandoval's Bavarian Fruit Bread, and nothing can beat that old jazz record sound.

Brian Wilson talks to the Brisbane Herald Sun about his career in music.

"The most proud thing I ever did was California Girls. It was my best record, it was my best achievement . . . and I always tell reporters, that was the best thing we ever did."

This week Five Chapters features a new serialized story, "The Lady with the Pet Tribble," by Kevin Brockmeier.

The A.V. Club lists the best comics (actually, graphic novels) of 2007.

3 Beads of Sweat is closing out the inventory of its namesake label and its Ajax imprint, it's a great opportunity to grab some wonderful music (including several Mountain Goats releases) at a great price.

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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