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January 16, 2009

Shorties (My Morning Jacket, Animal Collective, and more)

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about his favorite album, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On.

"I think it's maybe the greatest album ever made in my humble opinion," says James (born James Olliges jnr) in a manner so relaxed you could almost call it reclining. "For me it feels like the ultimate musical goal achieved. From every vantage point. It's so emotional, so spiritual and it combines so many aspects: there's some rock, there's some soul, some beautiful string arrangements, the rhythms are insane, the melodies are insane. The whole thing is perfectly timed and perfectly paced and it flows like a river."


Yesterday's updates to the list of "best of 2008" online music lists includes Passion of the Weiss's top Los Angeles albums.


Time Out New York reviews Animal Collective's new album, Meriweather Post Pavilion.

From the Magic Eye–esque cover art to Panda Bear and Geologist’s warbling, trippy electronics, Merriweather Post Pavilion is Animal Collective’s most majestic, purely psychedelic effort yet. The album also sees the band continuing in the more accessible, poppy direction of its last disc, Strawberry Jam.


TIME reviews Neil Young's bailout song, "Fork in the Road."


Amazon is selling the digital version of REM's Automatic for the People album for $1.99 today.


The Sydney Morning Herald profiles St. Vincent's Annie Clark.


Neatorama lists sci-fi books that even non-geeks would love.


Daytrotter's Friday session features in-studio mp3s from Samantha Crain.


The Times Online (4 stars out of 5) and the Sun (4 1/2 stars out of 5) review Antony and the Johnsons' new album, The Crying Light (out January 20th).


The Baltimore City Paper interviews Ben H. Allen about recording Animal Collective's Meriweather Post Pavilion album in Oxford, Mississippi.

CP: What was the vibe in the studio like? Are Animal Collective the kind of band who like to bring stuff--you know, candles, wall hangings, stuff like that--along to adorn recording spaces?

BHA: I think Sweet Tea has an exceptional vibe--probably the most creative vibe of any building I've ever been in to make music. But Animal Collective's big thing is privacy. During the whole month we worked on the album, the only people there were me, my assistant, and the band. No phones or computers. For a month. It's a small town, we were in the South, no one knew who they were. It was nonstop [work]. Privacy--and a lack of distractions--made a big difference for all of us.


In the Guardian, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand shares the soundtrack of his life.


The Los Angeles Times' Pop & Hiss blog & Variety report about the shuttering of L.A. radio station Indie 103.1's terrestrial signal.


The Los Angeles Times reviews several recently published books about Edgar Allen Poe.


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Ear Candy blog profiles Abbey Simmons or Josh Lovseth, the bloggers behind Sound on the Sound.

Simmons and Lovseth's passion is evident in their writing and the amount of time they spend on their site. The two estimated they each attend three shows a week. "It is the equivalent of having a part-time job on top of a full-time job. ... But the best part of music blogging is that it doesn't feel like work," Simmons said.


NPR's All Things Considered shares an mp3 download of Of Great and Mortal Men's Barack Obama song.


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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