the listenerd

optimized for maximum incontinence

Vintage: And now…thrice the soothingness

If your mental sensors can handle this, thrice the soothingness, thrice the vintage musical goodness.

More links. Because the energy is still within me.

*John Lennon’s solo stuff will be sold DRM-free through iTunes. Also, the Wu Tang Clan plans on covering the Beatles. Wu covering the Beatles, everyone taking a crack at Dylan for the biopic soundtrack – apparently it’s the month for covering the Baby Boomer canon.
*I posted an interview Slyck did with a Limewire associate about a month back, in which Limewire said they were working on a legal music-selling store to complement their P2P service. It’s here. [via]
*Shoutmouth takes a position on who the 50 Hottest Women in Music are. [via]
*In addition to showing up on the “I’m Not There” soundtrack, The Hold Steady will be appearing on the soundtrack for…”The Nanny Diaries!”
*The Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem will release a “split 7-inch single.” 7-inch? Wha?

Tay Zonday performing at First Ave October 5?

Just heard that Internet phenom (and Minneapolis’ own) Tay Zonday will be performing at First Avenue on October 5 – with Dan Deacon (he of the Schwarzenegger mashup DVDs and the 400 dragon roars) and Girl Talk. Wow.

[via] (Hard to believe, but also on PF)

If it smells like funk, it must be us

Via Idolator comes news that innovatively punctuated Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am has been known to write music in the bathroom.

Optimized for maximum incontinence, indeed.

Tech / tunes links 8.14.07 – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

*MediaPost comments on recent DRM-free moves by the labels, pondering whether they feed into plans for free, ad-supported models in the future (in addition to subscription and download models). We’ve talked about this crap at the day job for a couple years. A quote: “For now, music labels are just trying to stimulate competition by giving other companies a way to compete against Apple, which will sell about 20% of all music sold, not just digital, in the United States this year.”
*TechCrunch covers Strayform, a startup that enables musicians to upload their music, then beg for things. Bands make proposals – asking for donations and offering, among other things, to mention contributors in future songs. Fans, of course, get to download the music and maybe catch a tech-savvy band on the rise.
*gBox – not owned by Google – will be selling Universal’s DRM-free tracks. Google will just serve up ads (there was confusion about this, including by me, when the announcement of UMG’s partners came out). Is this “California-based startup” they’re talking about the gBox that doesn’t support Firefox? (IE only?!?) [via]
*Pitchfork interviews Manu Chao. The Dude’s favorite song, hands down, is “Bongo Bong.” A quote: “Tradition is something that is in permanent evolution, you know? It’s difficult to think about what’s going to be traditional in 500 years. Maybe traditional will be Motörhead. They will find a CD of Motörhead and say, oh, that’s the music they listened to 500 years ago.” On the dude tip: Rock-inspired baby stuff.
*Mashable hauls out 30+ tools for iTunes; Display lyrics! Set up hotkeys! Show your latest played tracks on your blog! Exhausting.
*DJ Envy presents mixtapes for mobile phones, to be distributed through Cellfish, which I wrote about a while back. I have been wondering about ringtone subscription plans that introduce an element of surprise and serendipity into the subscriber’s life (not just the people around him or her) for a while now. I think the fun of a whimsically changing ringtone outweighs the utility of knowing which ring is yours for the majority of people under 40. Okay, maybe 30. [via]
*I had no power all last night, and just got it back this morning. I am tired. [via my airconditioner]
*AT&T admits it’s censored other bands, before Pearl Jam @ Ooza ’07.
*Sampled + Sorted charts the Top 20 music 2.0 sites for July 2007. Oooh. Pretty colors.
*Yanko Design‘s combo MP3 player / CD player has wicked style. The nutcracker of MP3 players! [via]
*Dinner with the Band TV! [via]
*Great YouTube collection of unusual music performances on TV (but inexcusably leaves out Tay Zonday’s Jimmy Kimmel performance!). [via Getty Images]