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January 20, 2008

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The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the growing number of song and mp3 player options for toddlers.


The New York Daily News profiles the Whigs.

In a story perfect for the Internet age, they and original bassist Hank Sullivant bought recording equipment on eBay, recorded an album over a summer at Sullivant's frat house, then re-sold the equipment on eBay for just about the same amount. That self-produced CD caught the eye of Rolling Stone; endless touring at every opportunity honed the band even further, and they simply waited until a label approached them with the right attitude.

Playback calls the band's new album Mission Control the "first great rock album of 2008."


The Times Online lists ten things that make author Cormac McCarthy wonderful.


Mucelli.com offers streaming tracks from top 40 music charts from all over the world.


The Observer lists members of the "new class of smart, literate British bands."

Take the acts that OMM is particularly championing: Foals are informed by everyone from Fugazi to techno, from Gwen Stefani to Ethiopiques; Lightspeed Champion can rave about the genius of Weezer, and in the same breath praise Girls Aloud; Frederick Macpherson looks to King Crimson and Seventies prog while thrilling about dubstep and bassline niche; Jack Barnett is as much a fan of Wu-Tang Clang as German noise experimentalists Einstürzende Neubauten.


The Charlatan interviews Stephen Ramsay of Young Galaxy.

How do you feel about Arts & Crafts as a label?

Oh it’s great. Especially when you think of the fact that say, 10 years ago Canadian music didn’t even have an indie scene, and now Arts & Crafts has not only become a big label in Canada, but worldwide. They took us from being a sort of bedroom composition duo to being a “full-fledged rock and roll” kind of band. (laughs)


The Times Online interviews Vampire Weekend.

Yet maybe it’s a sign of progress that, for these New Yorkers, Africa isn’t a special case. Pilfering influences and owning up to it is, after all, creativity at its most honest and collegiate. “We don’t set ourselves up as authorities in any way,” Koenig says. “Our music is a product of how we listen to music, which is, like, taking everything in.” Turning more people onto soukous is a “side benefit”; he wants Vampire Weekend’s album to be “taken on its own terms”. So, in a world without prefixes, the short answer to “Why borrow from Africa?” is: “Why not?”


The Observer profiles slicethepie.com, a website that allows bands of all sizes to sell pieces of themselves to the public.


The Mental Floss blog lists the top folky covers of rap & hip hop songs.



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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