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November 21, 2008


The Guardian reports that New Order is recalling its latest batch of reissues.

Though the albums were released in the UK last month, fan furore over sound quality only won a response after the US release this week. And despite fans' loud online complaints, major publications like Q, Mojo and Pitchfork didn't seem to notice the sound issues in their reviews.

Madvillain's Madvillainy, one of my favorite hip hop albums, is on sale digitally at Amazon for $5.

Mufin is a new music recommendation engine.

It's Hard to Find a Friend has released a holiday album, Peace on Earth, Vol. II. All proceeds are donated to The Children of Uganda charity, and the 22-track digital download is a bargain at $7.50. Participating artists include Anathallo, Jason Collett, Jennifer O'Connor, Oxford Collapse, and many more.

Last Year's holiday collection, Peace on Earth is still available as well, and includes contributions from The Long Winters, Chris Walla, and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.

The Times Online lists the 20 biggest CDs for Christmas.

Dr. Pepper is celebrating the release of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy by giving away free soda on Sunday.

Daytrotter features mp3s from Talkdemonic's recent in-studio session.

On the band's blog, Ladyhawk recount what happens when fans show up expecting to see Ladyhawke.

The Washington Post Comic Riffs blog interviews Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons.

DB: Alan Moore keeps his distance when his work is being produced in another medium, but you seem to take a different stance. Is there a reason for that?

DG: Alan has had some very unhappy experiences with Hollywood, who've already made several of his books into movies: "From Hell," "V for Vendetta" and "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." I think he's had such bad experiences that he really doesn't want to repeat them. So he's completely distanced himself from this production. And he's asked to be told nothing about it. ... I'd probably be the same if I'd had his experience.

The Australian profiles Fleet Foxes.

Since Sub Pop Records released its album Fleet Foxes in June, the quintet's take on folk rock, replete with soaring, four-part vocals, pop hooks and unconventional song structures, has been embraced by mainstream and underground music fans, and has seen the band sell out shows across the US, Britain, Europe and Australia, where tickets to most of the upcoming shows have already been snapped up.

Laundromatinee features a video session with Margot and the Nuclear So and So's.

LAist interviews singer-songwriter Maria Taylor.

You said that your goal with the second album was to make it sound like you do live. What’s the goal for your third solo album?

It’ll sound like a studio recording. Since I did the other one that way, I just wanted this one to be more elaborate with strings and woodwind quartets. It’s definitely more produced, and I won’t be able to recreate it live. But that’s fun, too—reinventing the songs to make them work live, so people get two different experiences.

Wolfgang's Vault has added a free iPhone app to stream any of the world's largest collection of live concert recordings (including the newly added collection of MC5 shows).

JamsBio lists 25 great sophomore records.

77 Santas offers many Christmas mp3s for your holiday mix CDs.

On her NPR Monitor Mix blog, Carrie Brownstein os streaming four songs from her collaboration with Mary Timony, The Spells, and makes two of them available for mp3 download.

Southern Shelter has mp3s of Stereolab's September Athens performance.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "best of 2008" music lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
daily mp3 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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