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Bukowski in the Bookery

Daytrotter’s most excellent Bookery feature posts audio of musicians reading from books – other authors’ essays, poems, passages, etc. The most recent session is Kris Anaya of the band An Angle reading Charles Bukowski’s “My First Affair with an Older Woman.”

I love the feature, but it just goes to show you that no one should read Charles Bukowski but Charles Bukowski. (And he, only very rarely.)

Check out some tunes from An Angle on Hype Machine.

Vintage audio video

This one has a bit too much commentary, and the fast-forwarding and rewinding add an edge of franticness that prevents it from being soothing. However, I do recommend listening to it WITH THE SOUND OFF. (It’s an Italian reel recorder from the 1970s.)

Indie is indie. Indie is mainstream. Indie is emo.

An evergreen. What does mean indie today? The Guardian explores the idea, saying of indie music and culture (as so many have said before): “It is no longer independent of anything: indie has become the mainstream.”

Wikipedia actually has a fairly involved entry on “indie (cultural),” as well, including a link to a hilarious (and old) indie/emo Xanga debate.

Bonus materials: Indie Schmindie!

Extra bonus: “I listen to bands that don’t even exist yet.” t-shirt from Threadless. [via]

TUN3R: Like a radio dial, but way harder to use

TechCrunch points to an internet radio aggregator or search engine with a unique interface. Stations are arranged in a rectangular grid with small boxes denoting each. Users drag around an orange arrow to indicate which one they’d like to listen to. The mouseover gives no clear hint as to what you may be clicking on and the boxes are too small to tell. (Maybe the info presentation is supposed to hearken back to the ordered-yet-seemingly-serendipitous nature of scanning the old analog dial.)

The search went a bit better, digging through stations’ playlists for artists and albums and outlining relevant stations in red throughout the grid. Of course, if nobody Saves Net Radio, we won’t need a search engine for it anyway.

Tech / Tunes links 7.9.07 – The Fried Crispy Edition

*The Guardian on declining album sales, the viability of the CD and vinyl as the prime mover in niche markets.
*Fast Company offers its take on Starbucks’ Hear Music record label. Their retail stores have 44 million customers a week – a lot of eardrums. Meanwhile, Romenesko’s Starbucks Gosisp blog asks what Starbucks’ sound really is.
*10 applications from iPhoneDevCamp (a barcamp event that brought together developers to make usable apps for the Jesusphone). Includes “The Pool,” which turns the iPhone screen into a pool of water that ripples when you touch it, and Tilt, a phone game that requires the player to tilt his phone to catch and gobble up falling food. Meanwhile, GigaOm is upset at the iPhone’s lack of games.
*AllofMp3 is dead! Long live AllofMp3. (And actually, AllofMp3 replacement Mp3Sparks is dead now, too). has sprung up to take both of their places. Maybe we can get a nano-site that points people to the current iteration of AllofMp3? [via]
*The L.A. Times on the Disney Music Group: swimming rather than sinking. Hannah Montana, people. Hannah Montana.
*Metaverse music: Second Life dimming as marketing destination? It is pretty funny to see 50 Cent hitting the Zwinky circuit so heavily.
*A Treehugger take on Live Earth as a political event (rather than a musical one).
*No Sideloading? JupiterResearch report says only 5% of Americans sideload (move music from their PC to their cellphone) their cellies. Only 2% download songs to their cells over the air. [via]
*Music-sharing hacks from Sampled + Sorted here (using Google Page Creator or SnatchIt widgets). I still haven’t heard much about people using Pownce to either share (large amounts of) or market music.