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January 21, 2008


The Observer reviews British Sea Power's new album, Do You Like Rock Music?, and gives the disc five out of five stars.

Popmatters writers list their favorite albums of 2007 that missed the site's top 60 albums of the year list.

Glide interviews singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.

You mention the content of your songwriting as being heavy, and there’s a lot in there. Do you think you get enough credit for being a talented songwriter?

It’s funny…I kind of get a little tired of the whole, “He’s…he’s like a comedian and a songwriter!” No, a comedian/singer-songwriter is like Adam Sandler. You know what I mean? You can’t get too bummed about it, but I do really like when people are like, “Wow your songs are great” instead of “If this thing fails, you should be like a comedian!” And it’s like, “Awesome! Thanks! Do you have a gun I could put in my mouth?” (laughs)

Blender lists 33 things you should know about Led Zeppelin.

The Los Angeles Times profiles the promoters behind the Coachella music festival.

At a news conference scheduled for today, Tollett and his business partners, which include concert promotion giant AEG Live, plan to announce the full lineup for the ninth edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio this April. It will include the Verve, the Raconteurs, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket and Rilo Kiley.

Vice interviews author Poppy Z. Brite.

Let’s talk about something a little less traumatic. What are some of your favorite books?

I have hundreds, but once I get past John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, it’s hard to know what else to mention. It is surely the truest piece of fiction ever written about New Orleans, and the one that has most influenced my own writing about my home city. I think Stephen King’s Misery contains more useful insights about writers and writing than most so-called writing manuals. King in general tends to be my comfort reading. I love V.S. Naipaul, Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Paul Theroux (especially his maybe-autobiographical metafiction), and Carson McCullers. Moby-Dick was a good friend to me on a trip to Australia—I read half en route and the other half on the return flight. A Tale of Two Cities is my favorite of Dickens. And, of course, my Smithsonian Guide to North American Birds—couldn’t live without that one. I try to pick up at least one birding guide to every country or region I visit, and I love paging through them afterward, reliving my trip, remembering what I saw and what I wish I’d seen.

Southern Shelter features mp3s from the Black Lips' recent Atlanta performance.

Project 1968 is a "blog docu-novel about the lives of two young women on their way to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago."

The Guardian examines diminishing vinyl sales in Jamaica and its effect on reggae.

T-shirt of the day: "Famous on the Internet"

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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