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A highly selective list of the year's best music...

Arcade Fire Neon Bible (Merge)

Air Pocket Symphony (Astralwerks)

Lily Allen Alright, Still (Capitol)

Apples in Stereo New Magnetic Wonder (YepRoc)

Cheeseburger (Kemado)

Mitch Easter Dynamico (125 Records) 

Jimi Hendrix Live at Monterey (Experience Hendrix)

Kristin Hersh Learn to Sing Like a Star (YepRoc)

Ian Hunter Shrunken Heads (YepRoc)

Rilo Kiley Under the Blacklight (Warner Bros)

Alison Kraus and Robert Plant Raising Sand (Rounder)

Nick Lowe At My Age (YepRoc)

New Pornographers Challengers (Matador)

Prince Planet Earth (Sony)

Graham Parker Don't Tell Columbus (Bloodshot)

Sloan Never Hear the End of It (YepRoc)

Elliott Smith New Moon (Kill Rock Stars)

Patti Smith Twelve (Sony)

Smithereens Meet the Smithereens (Koch)

Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)

Bruce Springsteen Magic (Sony)

Southern Culture on the Skids Countrypolitan Favorites
(Yep Roc)

Mavis Staples We'll Never Turn Back (Anti)

Stooges The Weirdness (Virgin)

White Stripes Icky Thump (Warner Bros)

Amy Winehouse Back to Black (Republic)

Neil Young Live at Massey Hall (Reprise)
2007 classical 
clips 2007 


The Filth and the Fury
by Matthew Moyer

Many a bar fight has broken out over punk rock's birth. Fans tend to split into two camps: those who credit the Ramones' first appearance at CBGB in New York City circa 1974 and those who point to the early galvanizing Sex Pistols shows in London around 1975–76. It's probably more accurate to say the New York and London scenes are two sides of the same coin; each inspired the other with a rivalry of one-upmanship. The New York stirrings came first, but it was the younger, more fashion-conscious London movement that captured the attention and outrage of the world...
[continued in the Library Journal]


Complete Beatles in One Hour
by Steve McLaughlin
Then decompressed back into tempo by
WFMU listener Editor B.

You Must Not Know 'Bout Me
by Rob Hamilton

I like women-empowerment music because I’m a big fan of underdog art in general (one of the main reasons I like punk so much), and because I like music that encourages you to put your arms around your comrades and sing out with reckless abandon. Also, chicks dig it...
[continued at the Jackson Free Press]


Philips, Others Honored
by Andria Lisle

Backstage at the 2007 Recording Academy Honors, hosted by the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences on September 7th, a veritable who's who of Memphis and New Orleans legends rubbed shoulders and posed for photo ops...
[continued in the Memphis Flyer]

I Have to Hide My Love Away? Help!
by David Browne

In case you hadn't heard, the Beatles blow. They're overrated lightweights who aren't as influential as certain pivotal punk bands, and they're to blame for all that soft rock commemorated in the latest Time Life Music infomercial. And those Sgt. Pepper costumes are, let's face it, cornier than any boy-band outfit of the '90s...
[continued in the New Republic]


Editions of Contemporary Me

by Geoff Dyer

People with initiative and imagination use the valuable interlude between leaving school and starting college to enlarge their experience...
[continued in the Threepenny Review]

Single-Minded: "A Different World"
by David Cantwell

...What I can’t get past is the way Covington’s song lumps what we might reasonably look back upon with fondness, even with regret at what’s been lost, together with a series of things we’re well rid of...
[continued in Living in Stereo]

Keeping It Unreal
by Jeff Sharlet

Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor, two publishing professionals who have turned out their personal record collections to produce a persuasive defence of inauthenticity as the defining characteristic of great popular music, borrow the title of their book, Faking It, from a suicide note - the most authentic, and also the stupidest, genre of all...
[continued in the New Statesman]

Best Seats
by Bruce Wagner

...The performance began at two in the morning and took place in a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It was amazing...
[continued in the New Yorker]

2007 Best Music Scribing Awards...
2007 obituaries 
riley podcasts 
Abbey Road Reunion: EMI Engineers at Studio 2
Recording the Beatles launch party, November 2006

Sly and the Family Stone Collection 4/19/07

Guilty Pleasures: Spongebob, Shania Twain 2/26/07

All Tim Riley Here & Now NPR links backwards by date

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podcast archives 2006-2001
Box sets: Fats Waller, Bob Wills, Buddy Guy, Gram Parsons 12/01/06
US vs. JOHN LENNON 9/26/06
Pollini's Nocturnes 8/23/06
Bottle Rockets, Deadstring Brothers 7/11/06
Dixie Chicks 5/26/05
Motown Singles 12/12/05
Scorsese's Dylan 9/26/05
Pink Floyd Live 8 7/01/05
Covers: Petra Haden Sings Who Sell Out 4/29/05
True Love Ways: Couples Songs 2/14/05
2004 As Meathook 1/04/05
Beatles Capitol box, Fiery Furnaces, Dan Zanes 11/30/04
Fever: Rock Transforms Gender 9/13/04
Punk's Revenge 7/05/04
Underminding Phish 6/15/04
Jack White's Loretta Lynn, Melissa Auf der Maur 5/11/04
Nashville R&B 3/15/04
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Remastered Rock 12/11/03
Let It Be Naked Not 11/24/03
Parton, Springsteen, Frizzell tributes 10/13/03
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Do the Mash 6/30/03
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Country Pop 3/17/03
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Vintage Fleetwood Mac 1/06/03
Joni Mitchell, Chrissie Hynde & Sinead O'Connor 12/2/02
Mekons, Alison Moorer, Chuck Prophet, Joan Osborne, Beck 10/26/02
Ed Sullivan Rocks Rhino DVD [text] 09/23/02
24-HR PARTY PEOPLE: The Movie to the Soundtrack 8/23/02
Eminem, Nelly... 8/12/02
Gap TV ads 7/8/02
The Wipers Box 6/3/02
Langley Music Project 4/01/02
Mission of Burma 2/25/02
Freedy Johnston 1/7/02
Duds: Andrea Bocelli, Paul McCartney, Who's Mick Jagger?, Jacko 12/18/01
George Harrison 1943-2000 11/30/01 (6:25)
Shelby Lynne Phil Spector Country 10/29/01
Bob Dylan: Love and Theft and Genius 9/27/01
Cachaito Lopez: Buena Vista Bassist 8/13/01
 shopping: 2009 rock/pop
album of the month:
Chris Potter Ultrahang (ArtistShare)

recent picks:
Allen Toussaint The Bright Mississippi
the-dream Love vs. money
Lily Allen It's Not Me It's You
Oxford American
10th Anniversary Edition

Bob Dylan Tell Tale Signs (Sony BMG)
Walter Becker Circus Money (Mailboat Records)
Beck Modern Guilt (Interscope)
Al Green Lay It Down (Blue Note)
Erykah Badu New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War (Motown)
Portishead Third (Mercury)
Carlene Carter Stronger (Yep Roc)
Punch Brothers Punch (Nonesuch)
Waco Brothers Waco Express: Live and Kickin' at Schuba's (Bloodshot)
Steve Malkmus & the Jicks Real Emotional Trash (Matador)

book cover
recent picks:
Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century, by Clay Hayes (Quirk)
The Song Is You, by Arthur Phillips
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music,
by Tom Gioia

Oxford American 10th Anniversary Southern Music Issue
There's A Riot Goin' On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of '60s Counter-Culture, by Peter Doggett (Canongate)
Re-make/Re-model: Becoming Roxy Music, by Michael Bracewell
(Da Capo)

Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance, by Dean Wareham (Penguin)
Roadwork: Rock & Roll Turned Inside Out
by Tom Wright (Hal Leonard)

Creem: America's Only Rock'n'Roll Magazine
by Rogbert Matheu (Collins)

 2007 books
Can't Buy Me Love
by Jonathan Gould (Harmony)

Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life
by John Sellers
Recording the Beatles
by Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew

Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music
by Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor

Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
by Gayle F. Wald

Blue Monday Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock'n'Roll
by Rick Coleman

Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be
by Jen Trynin

White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties
by Joe Boyd

Always Magic in the Air
by Ken Emerson

 2008 box sets
Rolling Stone: Cover to Cover
 2007 dvds
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