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Vintage: Battery-powered record player

Sharon Tandy sings “Hold On” via a battery-powered record player. Very SOOTHING (even with the sound on) in a Saturday night sort of way.

The homey on the mic is Sebastian Bach

Former Skid Row rock god Sebastian Bach sings LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” on MTV’s Celebrity Rap Superstar. Sounds like he smoked a lot beforehand.

Here is the 8-minute version, complete with intro segments. And remember: Two kinds of humans.

The didgeridoo, the skatar and the double violin

Went to dig up video of a didgeridoo brain massage online after hearing that said service was being offered at Minneapolis’ Mill City Farmer’s Market this morning. Looks like the phenomenon was noted previously on a local blog (one that’s not so execrable); the patient (or massagee) sits down and is strapped into headphones that are connected to long tubes. The didgeridoos are then played directly into the tubes (with video!).

The tube-enhanced didgeridoo reminded me of oddmusic (featured back in the day on metafilter), a site that highlights this list of unorthodox and uncommon musical instruments, which includes the bikelophone (made out of bicycle parts), the double violin and the skatar (a guitar made out of a skateboard).

On Rick Rubin’s BEARD

The New York Times magazine does an extensive story on Rick Rubin and the future of music. More importantly, it also offers incredible pictorial evidence of Rubin’s legendary beard. It may not technically be a talibeard, but it is impressive nonetheless.

A David Geffen quote is used to frame the issues faced by the music industry: “The music business, as a whole, has lost its faith in content. Only 10 years ago, companies wanted to make records, presumably good records, and see if they sold. But panic has set in, and now it’s no longer about making music, it’s all about how to sell music. And there’s no clear answer about how to fix that problem.”

Says Rubin: “Fear is making the record companies less arrogant. They’re more open to ideas. So, what’s important now is to find music that’s timeless.”

This is M.I.A.gain

Comic Aziz Ansari (whom you may recall from such music-based, web-friendly, possibly amusing endeavors as Clell Tickle and The Shittiest Mixtape Ever) interviews M.I.A. in Harp magazine. (Check out the stand-up skit he did based on meeting her – which I couldn’t find in an easily embeddable format, mfers. “I submitted it to Gawker and everything.”)

M.I.A.: “Tim Robbins invited me to his birthday party and I got to hang out with him.”

[Largehearted Boy]

Tech / tunes links 9.1.07 – Inching the night away

*The DRM-free music store at Amazon will roll out in mid-September (the NY Post says it’ll be the week of September 17), and will apparently charge $.99 for most tracks, $.89 for “emerging artists.” [NY Post]
*NBC Universal v. iTunes: NBC says they never wanted to double prices, and that their content will be up on iTunes through December. Uh boy. [Paid Content]
*Billboard on Nokia’s Ovi: “The model that Nokia introduced this week should serve as a blueprint for how to marry Internet services with mobile services.” YES. [Mediaeater]
*Q magazine tries to define and track down “perfect songs.” For some reason, they turned to Michael Stipe and John Legend for the answers, who came up with, among others: Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” and Buckley singing “Hallelujah.” [The Set List]
*Laughing Squid points us at coverage for this year’s Beard & Moustache Championships (with most excellent pics). The BBC also reports on the most important event in facial hairdom.
*The ultra-phonograph: the ELP Laser Turntable.
*RE: Perez Hilton – It is said that one day there will be two kinds of humans.
*Justin Timberlake will be airing backstage footage of his most recent concert tour in Second Life. Insert “Dick in a Box” joke here. Nullus. (Had to.)