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Tape Findings: found cassette tape recordings

I like! Perhaps this is hoary, but Tape Findings is a site that collects “found recordings” (usually from years gone by, and on cassette tape) from thrift stores and garage sales. A sonic Found, in blog form. The site’s been posting found cassettes once a week, and is now on week 99. [Reddit]

I recommend:
Week 99: Saturday Night Messages
Week 95: Tape to grandma 68 (sort of reminiscent of Grey Gardens)

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Vintage: A phonograph alphabetical

Love the dramatic start of this one (A.B.C Decca. Christopher Stone. Part 1. c.1935), the early 20th-century accent of the narrator, and the unexpected alphabetizing.

The close-up vid, however, prevents it from being SOOTHING. Still, recommended, if you are looking to close your day with a touch of yesteryear.

Playing the sand dune.

Bite it, Tomato Quintet. You too, Coke bottle pounding instrument. The New Scientist reports on making a sand dune sing. [Networked Music Review]

(Personally, I had a hard time hearing it. But maybe that’s because I had the Jacques Brel turned up too loud on iTunes?)

Take-Away Shows: Jose Gonzalez

I have said it before: I like Daytrotter and The Take Away Shows (sometimes more in theory than in practice). La Blogotheque‘s latest, a performance by Jose Gonzalez caught in Texas.

Tech / tunes links 8.30.07 – Magical Mystery

*EMI’s CEO and CFO are out as Terra Firma takes over.
*MySpace is launching its own music tour, which will feature the likes of Hellogoodbye and Say Anything. [Ypulse]
*Sparkfun Electronics has apparently launched a rotary cellphone, the Port-O-Rotary. [Geekologie] Might I suggest integrating a phonograph, for the ultimate retro-convergence device?
*Band of Horses has a video out for “Is There a Ghost.” Also, and more importantly, awesome beard.
*Christian Bale on what it’s like to play Bob Dylan. [The Playlist]
*Metal keeps the guitar industry motoring. A profile of Halo Custom Guitars, who make demon-themed axes complete with “rotting flesh and distended eyeballs” for metal bands – and make a pretty good living doing so! [via Blender]
*David Bowie is slated to appear in the next edition of old-person nerdfest Dr. Who. He will play an evil alien abductor. Bowie to Bowie! [XRRF]
*Mark Cuban is slated to appear in the next season of old-person nerdfest Dancing witth the Stars. The internet is BORING. [USA Today]
*Music widgets: Slacker has one for MySpace now. Wheeeee-oy. [Mashable]
*The execrable local: Daft Punk’s movie Electroma will be screening at Minneapolis’ Uptown Theater 9.15.07. [LimeWire Music Blog]
*Jail Guitar Doors is a charity set up by Billy Bragg, donates musical instruments to UK prisoners. All civilized like. [Metafilter]