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December 5, 2008

Shorties (Hold Steady, Crystal Stilts, and more)

This Is Nottingham interviews Joan Wasser of Joan as Police Woman.

The longlist for the BBC Sound of 2009 has been announced.

President-elect Barack Obama's first major controversy since winning the election: Zunegate.

PopMatters examines the dearth of women in rock music.

Amazon offers 5 digital albums for only $5 through Monday:

Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics
Girl Talk's Night Ripper
Lucinda Williams' Little Honey (highly recommended)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (soundtrack)
They Might Be Giants' Here Come the 123's (great for the kiddies)

Daytrotter's Friday session features mp3s from Damien Jurado's in-studio session.

The Line of Best Fit interviews Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio.

A friend of mine insists you’re a political band. I say you’re hopeless romantics. How would you describe yourselves?

[Laughs] I don’t see where they’re mutually exclusive, why we can’t be hopelessly, politically romantic. If there’s any evidence of that, it’s the recent election. If that’s not hopelessly, politically romantic, I don’t know what is. We’ll see how it pans out, especially after the oppression of the last eight years. But you have to be a little romantic and a little dreamy to think that we can go from [George W Bush’s] bullsh*t to someone who has actually read a few books.

In the Phoenix, drummer Frankie Rose explains why she chose playing with Crystal Stilts over the Vivian Girls.

"It wasn't an easy break, it was ugly," Rose sighs. "Have you ever been in a relationship where you kind of quit the relationship before you were really done with it? It was a lot like that. I stopped doing what I needed to do in that band a long time ago. And honestly, what it came down to is, one, aesthetics — what direction each band wanted to go in — and, two, who can I be in a car with for a month at a time? Two 21-year-old girls, or three 32-year-old guys?"

In the Independent, Craig Finn recounts the Hold Steady's rise to popularity.

Meanwhile, largely due to the internet, people were discovering the Lifter Puller records. Some obsessive fans were contacting me. And while these fans were unlikely ever to see a Lifter Puller show, The Hold Steady could certainly fill a void. In January 2003, we hit the stage. I think we had nine songs. The show went well. There were a lot of people there who were Lifter Puller fans who'd never seen the band.

This Is Nottingham also interviews Finn, while the Oxford Mail calls the Hold Steady the "best band in the world...ever."

The Christian Science Monitor recommends great books that were written in the Great Depression.

The Independent lists the 10 most covered songs.

LiveDaily interviews Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips about his film, Christmas on Mars.

Rolling Stone calls Laurel Canyon a "hub to a new wave of hippie rockers."

Laundromatinee shares an in-studio session with Ra Ra Riot (complete with mp3s of the performance).

The WOXY Holiday Mixer is online streaming indie winter holiday music.

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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