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Video: An awesome Victor Vicrola phonograph from the 1920s

Too much text, but you may be soothed nonetheless. The changing is quite AWESOME.

Video: New Pornographers playing in a black cab

Elevator sessions, cab sessions, but where are the Port-a-toilet sessions? As someone who specializes in knowing the wants and needs of consumer culture, I can assure you that people would eat it up. Anyway, here’s New Pornographers playing in a black cab. (Check out for more vids.) Also: a red beard!

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Video: R. Kelly’s “Real Talk”

R. Kelly continues to shock, enlighten and mystify. Except for the enlighten part. In his latest video for the conversational Trapped in the Closet-esque “Real Talk,” he begins by musing on the nature of profanity (a subject also considered in the listenerd’s links this morning).

There are nearly a dozen quotable lines in this video, which is NSFW, though should probably be watched at least 5 times for true understanding and appreciation to sink in.

[byron crawford]

Links for 10.11.07: Madonna Nation, Peefork effect, office collars +

*The WSJ reports (and, of course, kicks off a media frenzy in so reporting) that Madonna is close to signing a 10-year, $120M deal with Live Nation that would cover concerts, merch, her next three albums, and a bunch of other stuff. The latest “seismic shift” for the industry.

*The Brooklyn Rail on “Gauging the Pitchfork Effect.” A pull: “Pitchfork now averages 160,000 visitors each day. It’s a safe bet, however, that of those 160,000, zero would admit to actually liking Pitchfork.”

*George Harrison’s albums are now available on iTunes. [pop candy]

*MarketWatch interviews Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks. I don’t think “the jukebox in the sky” is that great a tagline. Just saying.

*For the easily distracted (and those who work in open offices): The Office Collar. [via textually]

*Language: Read this if you love swearing as much as I do. MFer. (Unfortunately, it mentions Bono. But still.) Also: Words change faster the less they are used. Hence the never-changing eff word. [the latter via ]

*Local: Minneapolites between 5’7″ and 5’10” should read this.