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December 2, 2008


MBVmusic is a new collaborative blog featuring contributions from the bloggers behind Chromewaves, Said the Gramophone, Fluxblog, and Catbirdseat, and others. I am also contributing to the project, and am proud to be in the company of writers I have respected for years.

Yesterday's additions to the online "best of 2008" music lists include my favorite albums, Gorilla vs. Bear's favorite albums, and XLR8TR's top albums of the year.

Yesterday's additions to the online "best of 2008" books lists include Book Design Review's favorite book covers, Christian Science Monitor's best nonfiction, and Epicurious's best cookbooks.

i/denti/tee is a new t-shirt line featuring song lyrics.

Bonnaroo's 2009 dates have been set: June 11-14. Ticket presale starts December 4th.

Seven examines the musical legacy of Elliott Smith five years after his death.

Heeb interviews Molly Siegel and Jeremy Hyman of Ponytail.

You guys consider yourselves a pop band?

Molly: I don't think we ever really thought of ourselves that way, but in the end we wanted to make music that’s catchy, and it’s the kind of music we love. It definitely has a pop feel.

DIG magazine profiles Minus the Bear.

Ryan Adams lists his favorite albums of the year.

The Washington City Paper's Black Plastic Bag blog interviews Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Thomson.

Why do you think so many reviewers place importance on your alma mater? What do you wish they’d emphasize instead?

With the way that we dress and some of our lyrical directions, I can see why people would try to place a lot of importance on our collegiate background. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t really bother us, and as our album has been around for a while now, that sort of thing has not been as prevalent. As long as reviews, whether positive of negative, are focused on the music that we’ve made, that’s really all we can ask for.

Amazon is selling the DRM-free digital album Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You for $1.99.

PopMatters interviews Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley.

Crave Online lists the top ten comic book documentaries.

USA Today interviews M.I.A. about motherhood and her music.

Q: How will motherhood change your music?

A: In one way I feel like you do feel more connected with the whole planet. You feel really across the board. When I sing, I have to be aware that someone can hear me inside. It's really strange. I definitely feel less angry.

New York Magazine offers a guide to the city's independent culture in music, books, and more.

Daytrotter's Tuesday session features in-studio mp3s from Peasant.

IGN lists the top aging rockers.

io9 lists the 10 best apocalypse novels of pre-golden age SF (1904-33).

Epicurious reviews Lucy Kinsley's graphic novel, French Milk.

MadeLoud lists five surprisingly tasteful solo albums by metal guitarists.

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)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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