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Ringing endorsements!

Posted by Matt Shaer  December 12, 2006 10:28 AM

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In an extraordinary egotistical, self-important turn, I've decided that I'm going to use the next few lines to tell you about 5 things that I'm really enjoying right now. And then I'm going to tell you about one thing that I'm not really enjoying right now.

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This is the sort of thing that would be cool if the comments in this blog were turned on: you guys could spend hours telling me how extraordinarily egotistical and self-important I am. And I would be able to relate. Anyway, if you have a serious gripe, please drop a line to mshaer@boston.com, and I'll make an informal comments section in a subsequent post. Keep it clean.

Listening constantly to: "Trompe-l'oeil," the great full-length debut from French-Canadian rock quartet Malajube. If you can stomach music in a foreign language (cough, cough), "Trompe" is a tour de force mash-up of sunny pop, grinding punk-tinged anthems, and hook-laden... well, OK. You get the point. Hoping these guys'll make it to Boston soon. There weren't many albums released this year as smart as "Trompe-l'oeil".

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Conspiracy theory that I recently pulled out of thin air: Chan Marshall (above) was denied a Grammy nomination 'cause she's a little crazy. Maybe not so conspiratorial: apparently, the same thing has been happening to Robert Downey Jr. and the Oscars for years. Blogs are great for unsubstantiated rumors!

The new Shins album is really good. Get excited.

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Also listening constantly to: the "Stranger Than Fiction" soundtrack. Britt Daniel (above), from Spoon, orchestrated the whole thing; if you close your eyes really hard, you can pretend it's the follow-up to "Gimme Fiction".

Watching over and over again: The new Bob Dylan video, which was first aired on Slate.

I don't think that the Annuals -- the new internet buzz-band of, like, the minute -- are any good. Oh man! Oh yeah! I went there.

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