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Hair metal, sans beards

Though, alas, before the days of beard metal. Ye Olde Metal Days, an impressive Flickr photoset of metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth. Keep your eyes peeled for James Hetfield before he began sporting a Taliban-like beard.

[via Getty Images]

Vintage audio video

The Monkees’ “I Wanna Be Free” on Colgems cardboard.

Yes, everyone, a cardboard record (which came in a cereal box back in the day).

CEREAL BOX AS DISTRIBUTION METHOD FOR FREE MUSIC? How can we feel soothed when such measures – which, if they were true, would subvert the dominant paradigm and possibly overthrow an industry – are afoot?

Spirographing Wikipedia

Chris Harrison’s Clusterball: a .mov infographic that helps users visualize the connections among entries linking to “Physics” in Wikipedia. More here.


The execrable local: Pandora lecture follow-up

(I normally – and even at this very moment – find blogging about the local execrable. Apologies. For my feelings. Not my blogging. But also for my blogging. In general. Not on this specific issue.)

A few days ago I mentioned that Tim Westergren was going to be yapping at some music geeks in Minneapolis this week. This dude attended the talk given by the Pandora founder at the Cedar Cultural Center. Notes and review included. (Kinda a Pandora 101, though I guess I didn’t know it was originally going to be a product for Best Buy.)

In related news, the recommendation people are coming to town in October! If nothing else, conference attendees have great fodder for forced jocularity with their bartenders – Could you recommend something?


Siren Songs (all drawn out)

I still love the silly pseudo-infographics the Times is running from Earl Boykins (Andrew Kuo).

To wit: The Siren Music Festival

Better than a Golf Clap, nearly a Text a Friend.

Sign your name across my heart

From the June / July 2007 (music) issue of The Believer:

“The record industry, like many people, always has to be dragged kicking and screaming into its bliss. If they can mutate and reinvent themselves, basically as holding companies for artists and their interests, they will succeed. If they continue to see themselves in the old manner, the new form just won’t take the old vision.”

–Sananda Maitreya (formerly Terence Trent D’Arby) on the future of the music business

(Despite the seeming right-headedness of the above, there are portions of the interview in which he seems quite nutty.)