Some news on other and sundry projects:

First off, Da Capo Press’ “Best Music Writing 2008” is out soon (I just got my copy.)It includes my essay on contemporary R&B from the Chicago Reader (reprinted in a slightly altered version here The book is edited by Nelson George. The rest of the table of contents is below:

* CARL WILSON * The Trouble With Indie Rock: It’s Not Just Race, It’s Class * Slate
* BILL WASIK * Annuals * Oxford American
* CLIVE THOMPSON * Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog * The New York Times
* JEFF WEISS * Soulja Boy: Cranking the Chain * LA Weekly
* DANYEL SMITH * Keyshia Cole: Hell’s Angel * Vibe
* NOAH BERLATSKY * Underrated Overground * Chicago Reader
* SOLVEJ SCHOU * First Person: Auditioning for this Season’s ‘American Idol’ * Associated Press
* BEN SISARIO * Wizards in the Studio, Anonymous on the Street * The New York Times
* BRANDON PERKINS * Wu-Tang: Widdling Down Infinity: Can a Bunch of old, dirty bastards save hip-hop for a third time or will the math just collapse upon itself? * URB
* JONATHAN CUNNINGHAM * Freaks Come Out at Night: Grandmaster Dee Cuts a Wide Swath on the Comeback Trail * Broward-Palm Beach New Times
* NADIA PFLAUM * Pay 2 Play: Hip-hop Hustlers are making Off with Kansas City Rappers’ Hard-Earned Cash * The Kansas City Pitch
* ANN POWERS * It’s Time to Kick this Addiction * Los Angeles Times
* NIKE D’ANDREA * Bad Habits: NunZilla’s Punk-rock Catechism Will Leave you Praying for More * Phoenix New Times
* J. BENNETT * Dimmu Borgir * Decibel Magazine
* ERIC PAPE * “We Sing Everything. We have Nothing Else” * Spin
* ANDY TENNILLE * Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings * Harp
* MARKE B * Gayest. Music. Ever.: The Death of Circuit, Energy 92.7, and the New Queer Dance Floor Diaspora * San Francisco Bay Guardian
* PHIL SUTCLIFFE * Pete Seeger * MOJO
* JEFF SHARLET * The People’s Singer: the Embattled Lee Hays * Oxford American
* LARRY BLUMENFELD * Band on the Run in New Orleans * Salon
* DAVID KAMP * Sly Stone’s Higher Power * Vanity Fair
* MATT ROGERS * Beast from the East: Mandrill’s Musical brew is Equal Parts Brooklyn and Motherland * Wax Poetics
* OLIVER WANG * Boogaloo Nights * The Nation
* SAM KASHNER * Fever Pitch: When Travolta Did Disco; the Making of Saturday Night Fever * Movies Rock
* SEAN NELSON * Dead Man Talking: “Kurt Cobain: About a Son” * The Stranger
* JODY ROSEN * A Pirate Looks at Sixty: Jimmy Buffett’s Mid-Life Crises * Slate
* ALAN LIGHT * The Notorious BIG * Blender
* ALEX ROSS * Apparition in the Woods * The New Yorker
* GARY GIDDINS * Back to Bossa: Rosa Passos and Fifty Years of Bossa Nova. * The New Yorker
* DAVID MARGOLICK * The Day Louis Armstrong Made Noise * The New York Times
* CRAVEN ROCK * On Lynyrd Skynyrd and the White Trash Thing * Around the Bend * Ten Years * Eaves of Ass #6
* TOM EWING * The History Book on the Shelf: ABBA * Pitchfork Media

Second, Comixology (where I have a new column) is sponsoring the Harvey Awards at the Baltimore Comic Con this year. They’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Con and to the Awards (including cocktail hour and dinner). The winner will bring a friend with them to sit with the comiXology guys including Tucker Stone and the comixology iPhone developer at the Awards dinner. The giveaway page is