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A Love Letter to Rod Stewart and Other Assorted Goodies

Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:

One man's quest to make it okay to love Rod Stewart again is awash in booze, bouffant hair-dos and lots of gaudy, tacky-ass clothes in this man-crush love letter/concert preview.

A moving, lyrical exploration of musical obsession and the unshackled genius and fierce bravery of Fela Kuti make for one damn fine blog.

If your post-Super Bowl hangover is as wicked as mine is, you'll appreciate the fact that Five Finger Discount, a quick and dirty five question "interview" with a band -- this one is with the brilliantly named Space Capone -- is funny enough to coax a smile, yet easy enough to read that your booze-damaged brain can absorb it.

The secret link between the Spin Doctors and Yeasayer is the axis this caustic Yeasayer live review spins around.

If you've somehow managed to miss out on Yacht Rock, the bizarre and hilarious videos that explore the smooth rocking sounds of the '70s, then this blog is as good a place as any to start.

Keeping it real, this post and slideshow takes a hard look at a few musicians deserve their own reality shows. P.S. Writers strike, please end soon. This reality TV shit is killing me.

Bathe in the sensuous synchronized mindmelt of Cornelius, a band featuring Japan's answer to Beck that has mastered the art of multimedia insanity.

Hot Chip vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Alexis Taylor talks shop with Annie Zaleski, revealing the influences of Willie Nelson and minimal techno on the band's sound, among other things.

Krist Novoselic, bass player for Nirvana, reveals his favorite bass players, explains why they matter and discusses their influence on his style.

Finally, these deep thoughts occasioned by Miley Cyrus changing her name to Miley Ray Cyrus in order to highlight the familial connection to Billy Ray Cyrus -- a move that proves, once and for all, that truth is stranger than fiction. -- Cory Casciato

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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