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The known world of audioblogs has expanded from a few dozen a year ago to almost a thousand today. Here are a few to investigate, including those mentioned in the accompanying story.

Ben loxo du taccu

www.mattgy.net/music

Matt Yanchshyn fell in love with African music in the nightclubs of Halifax, Nova Scotia, of all places. Now he lives in Paris after several years in West Africa, and his blog is a crucial resource for African sounds.

La case de l'affreux thom

www.awfulthom.com

Francois Authom, a human resources manager in a drab city of northern France, excavates powerful, stirring soul gems and comments on them (in French) with a true lover's emotion. Just one of many terrific French sites.

Copy, right?

http://copycommaright.blogspot.com

Most audiobloggers are male (as anyone who saw ''High Fidelity" knows). Liza in Chicago is a notable exception. She posts covers, covers, nothing but covers, as brilliant or as cheesy as they might be. Eccentric and fabulous. Among the artists currently featured is Har Mar Superstar.

Ear Fuzz

www.earfuzz.com

A group blog from London, Montreal, and California, with mainly hip-hop tendencies. A Slim Thug track made a recent appearance.

Fluxblog

www.fluxblog.org

Matt Perpetua is considered one of audioblogging's founders. Oriented toward indie rock, his site is stripped down and straightforward, light on graphics and long on influence.

The Tofu Hut

tofuhut.blogspot.com

An omnivorous consumer of all music, and one of the elders in the genre. Also maintains the most comprehensive list of audioblog links, organized by genre. Singer Feist is a current favorite.

Other sites

Aurgasm

www.aurgasm.us These days, he's recommending Boozoo Bajou, the Cat Empire, and Populous.

The Number One Songs In Heaven

www.londonlee.com/blog.html

Soul Sides

www.soul-sides.com

The Suburbs Are Killing Us

www.christopherporter.com

SIDDHARTHA MITTER

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