Media Roundup: A Cup of Lists, A Pinch of Controversy, and A Handful of Tasty MP3s

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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MTV may not be as cutting edge as it once was, but its website is currently in the middle of an advertising controversy.

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Pete Doherty lets fans in on some of the details of his forthcoming solo album, featuring guitar work from Blur’s Graham Coxon.

Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty

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Be sure to catch Fleet Foxes on Saturday Night Live this week.

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Your bootleg this week comes courtesey of the Aquarium Drunkard blog.  Check out a great Guided By Voices’ 1995 show.

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Ben Taylor will play the High Noon Saloon on February 8th.  Blog readers looking for a handful of mp3s to sample before he hits town should head over here to have a listen.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

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NPR celebrated 50 years of Motown Records with a discussion with Detroit critic and author, Gary Graff.  Click here to listen.

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Reflections on the great year in music that was 2008 keep pouring in.  Check out this local fan’s impressions here.

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Rolling Stone has rounded up the favorites of your favorites! See what musicians like Ezra Koenig, Noel Gallagher, Gregg Gillis, and Santogold liked in 2008.

Santogold

Santogold

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Hip-hop fans will want to check out NPR’s list of the best “mixtapes” of 2008.

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It’s hardly news anymore:  Kanye West overreacts.  This time it’s over grey hair.  Seriously.

Kanye West

Kanye West

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Billy Zantzinger, the villian inspiration for Bob Dylan’s “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” passed away on January 3rd.  Here is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been performing the moving song in a session for Minnesota Public Radio.

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Media Roundup: What’s in store for 2009?

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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NME is already placing bets for who they think the biggest artists of 2009 are going to be. New York indie dance band The Virgins (who will play Madison Feb. 3rd) made the cut–see who else they are predicting good things for this year!

The Virgins

The Virgins

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Deadheads, get ready to hit the road this spring!  The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are planning to head out on their first tour in nearly five years. The specific gigs haven’t been announced yet, but will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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A new bill is expected to be passed in Brazil, protecting fans of funk music from legal discrimination. Some critics of the genre claim that the music encourages drug use, underage sex and other criminal actvity, and would like to see funk parties banned.  Under the new bill, discrimination against such events featuring the music would be made illegal.

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Check out Bruce Springsteen‘s brand spanking new video for “Life Itself,” the single off his upcoming album, Working on a Dream.

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It’s being reported that Prince will independently release not one, not two, but an ambitious three new albums this year.

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Dirty on Purpose, who gave an impressive opening performance at The Wedding Present‘s show at the Annex last year, have called it quits, but fans can look forward to its members’ side projects.

Dirty On Purpose

Dirty On Purpose

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Wisconsin’s own Bon Iver created one of the most beloved albums of 2008 with his deeply moving For Emma, Forever Ago. Fans curious to hear what beautiful music he’ll make next are getting a sneak peak, with his new EP, Blood Bank.

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Check out some of the first musical releases of 2009!

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The New York Times had some interesting things to say regarding music marketing.

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Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down were featured in a meaty article on Daytrotter.com.

Thao Nguyen

Thao Nguyen

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Animal Collective has a new ablum (Merriweather Post Pavillion) out this month.  Fans of the band will be ravenously devouring the new sounds from what is already being praised as a remarkable album, but they might also want to take a listen to some live gems from their ’05 Lexington, KY show.