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…and you’re so paid?

Faithful readers of The ListeNerd, flip on your webcams and greatly increase your daily caloric intakes: Starting at 2 AM Central time this Sunday casting for the role of Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, aka Frank White, aka Big Poppa, aka The Notorious B.I.G. will begin. Those who wish to secure the title role in the forthcoming movie about the slain rapper can submit their videos to BiggieCasting.

An unknown will be cast in the primo role of Mr. Smalls. I will be happy to share my audition tape with anyone who submits his or her own. Thank you, and all the best in your future endeavours.

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Lil Wayne: digital music distribution pioneer

Sasha Frere-Jones, in the 8.13.07 issue of The New Yorker addresses prolific hip-hop artist Lil Wayne, who has been creating songs at a feverish pace, though has been releasing them for free on the Internet. SF-J:

“Jay-Z, who is actually thirty-seven, is the C.E.O. of Def Jam, a major label that still does business the twentieth-centruy way, selling records in stores. Lil Wayne’s commercial releases are distributed by another major label, Universal, but, by posting his songs for free on the Internet and, in the process, acquiring new fans, he is proving that the established methods of distribution, like the established rappers, no longer rule.”

His third album is forthcoming.

More phonofiddle

Unfortunately, it’s schtick. But still: a phonofiddle. I recommend watching with the SOUND OFF.

Note: There is NO Wikipedia entry for the phonofiddle, this is the first known instance of a person, place, thing, animal, vegetable or mineral without an entry.

Tech / tunes links 8.9.07 – Sore in all sorts of places

*The Internet Radio Equality Act may not be dead yet.
*A brief tales in Flickr images: How My iPhone Almost Killed Me. [via]
*Universal Music invests in Loud.com, a hip-hop quasi-soc net that I wrote about a couple weeks ago (they were hosting a rap-with-the-Wu contest). [via]
*JamGate wants to be the DIY musician’s distribution portal without the, uh, gates of MySpace. One upside: Musicians get paid as soon as music is purchased from their site. [via]
*A Bob Dylan art exhibit is touring Germany. Couldn’t be as good as his book. Right?
*The execrable local: the Pizza Luce Blockalypse (block party) August 11 will feature The Alarmists. And pizza. [via]
*The APPLE has been removed from Apple keyboards. It will be buried next to the closed Apple in a private ceremony. [via]
*Warning: some salty language ahead. From creator of The Wire David Simon, on the subject of writing in this month’s The Believer: “My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him.” [via]
*Related! (Though not toward the end of versimilitude.) When I first read Letters To Wendy’s in Harper’s, it blew my mind. Upon seeing the rest of the book, it was somewhat less awesome. But that first impression? DUDE. Now, John Vanderslice reading a selection of Joe Wenderoth’s book from Daytrotter’s Bookery. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING TO IT.