Links for 1.12.08: Watermarks rising, Aiken not, “decidedly uncool,” the RIAA’s chances…

by Josh Kimball

*Though DRM is dying, are watermarks ready to rise?

*Kotaku finds someone who’s modded real drums to work with Rock Band.

*Japanese “melody roads” play music as you drive over them, using cars as “tuning forks.” Whoa. [networked music review]

*The most inspiring beards of all time. ZZ Top, Kenny Rogers and Cat Stevens all represent. [pop candy]

*For the cyclist afraid his earbuds will get him run over: The 2GO iH85 is a bike-mounted stereo system. [treehugger]

*Newsweek interviews Clay Aiken. And it does not go well. Clay Aiken: “I couldn’t even get off the toilet the other day.” [huffpo]

*The New York Times ponders the potential demise of the Gawker Media empire. (Maybe they need to swap Idolator for the listenerd.)

*Mashable says maybe EMI won’t really kill the RIAA.

*Off topic: From Friday’s New York Times, the best quote I’ve ever seen make the front page of said paper. On the occasion of riot-control gas being released on soldiers and civilians in Iraq:

“An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint.

‘This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,’ Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day.”