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What albums does Pitchfork's People's List say Los Angeles music fans love?


Pitchfork's People's List looks at the albums almost 28,000 of their readers love; what didn't make the list that should have?

Pitchfork, the journal of what hipsters think about music (or something like that), just published "The People's List," covering readers' favorite albums from the publication's first 15 years, 1996 through 2011. They started the poll last summer, but now that polling's closed, they've released an excellent breakdown of what the huge amount of data they got means.

With 27,981 voters and 116,009 albums selected, they broke things down by gender, age and location, so you can find out what kind of albums are more likely to be dug by women than men, by old than young and so on.

Of the top 200, Los Angeles had the third highest number of albums from an artist associated with their city, coming in with 10. The winner? Brooklyn — of course. They had 31 albums. The greater New York City area rocked the rankings, with New York City itself in second with 12 albums.


Future music warning: Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne get engaged

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Eyeliner queen Avril Lavigne and frontman Chad Kroeger of the much maligned Nickelback are forming a spousal supergroup. The duo are engaged to be married after a six-month courtship, reports People magazine. Take only what you'll need to survive this musical minefield of future collaboration possibilities.

Lavigne, 27, and Kroeger, 37, first got together in February to co-write a song for Lavigne's upcoming fifth studio album. "A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together," a Lavigne pal tells PEOPLE. On Aug. 8, Kroeger popped the question, presenting Lavigne with a 14-carat diamond sparkler. 

This is Kroeger's first attempt at wedded bliss, and the second go for Lavigne, who was previously married to Deryck Whibley of Sum 41. 

There's nothing more beautiful than the love of two Canadians. Here's hoping their kids become doctors.


Singing the same tune: Pizza Hut, Home Depot both deny Black Keys claims

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Musician Dan Auerbach of Black Keys performs onstage during day 1 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2012 in Indio, California.

In documents filed this week in Los Angeles, attorneys for Pizza Hut and Home Depot separately denied accusations that music by The Black Keys was improperly used in ads to sell specialty pizzas and power tools.

The Grammy-winning blues-rockers that "never listen to Led Zeppelin" sued the companies in June regarding two tracks off the album, El Camino, claiming that Pizza Hut misused "Gold on the Ceiling" and Home Depot misused elements of "Lonely Boy." 

Both cases seek unspecified damages and an order to stop the continued use of the commercials. Each company is asking a judge to have the band pay their attorneys' fees if they win the case.

How do they sound to you?


Monster Mash: Guitar wizard Gary Lucas' two L.A. concerts will go from Beefheart and Buckley to The Golem

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Guitar wizard Gary Lucas brings his remarkable range to two L.A. shows

Who is Gary Lucas?

Uh, what day is it?

Even the scope of his best known associations - member of the cherished early-‘80s version of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, musical partner with/mentor to the late Jeff Buckley, various Jewish-music-and-beyond projects for jazz/avant-garde doyen John Zorn’s Tzadik label - barely touch on the New York guitarist’s ambitious reach and remarkable range.

In recent years alone he’s made albums of gospel (2010‘s Chase the Devil teaming with singer Dean Bowman), mid-20th century Chinese pop (2001‘s The Edge of Heaven) and an arresting Indian-blues hybrid (2009’s Rishte collaboration with Anglo-Indian singer Najma Akhtar) and a bracing album with his band Gods & Monsters, the continuation of the “psychedelic art-rock” group he and Buckley developed in the ‘80s.


Library of Congress receives over 200 hours of rock royalty interviews

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Les Paul created custom guitars for rock and roll heavyweights such as Eddie Van Halen.

Is that a gesture of cultural preservation, man? Well, turn it up, man.

The Library of Congress received a musical infusion Monday thanks to former Capitol Records/EMI president and retired music executive, Joe Smith, who donated more than 200 audio interviews of some of the world's greatest musicians.

During his two years in the top seat, Smith, now 84-years-old, recorded interviews with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Artie Shaw, Ray Charles, Ahmet Ertegun, Les Paul, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Elton John, Tina Turner, and hundreds more to amass his 238-hour archive.

In 1988 he compiled a number of interviews into a book, "Off the Record." Today, the unabridged rock and roll recollections are digitized in world's largest library, and available to researchers at the Capitol Hill reading room. A select number of interviews should be available later this year on the library's website.