Links for 4.22.08: Green metalheads, Sony’s purchase, Pitchfork’s millions…

by Josh Kimball

*Sony is buying Gracenote for $260M. HUH. [musick in the head]

*Sonific is shutting down. I tried to use one of their streaming music widgets once, but it was too much of a pain in the ass to set up. [listening post]

*NYT’s Pogue pumped about Direct Note Access, software that can recognize what musical notes are being played.

*Pitchfork makes $5M a year in ads? Color me sickened. [daily swarm]

*Nokia’s Comes with Music program offers phones that will offer consumers free tunes from Sony BMG. Nokia is doing some pretty interesting shit. [digital media rants]

*Kevin Kelly talks to musician Robert Rich about the music business and Kelly’s 1000 True Fan theory. [waxy]

*I love the blog Metal Sucks. Their take on Earth Day. “Quit your complaining — it’s not like you have to go to the fucking recycling plant and churn it through the machinery yourself — it’s as simple as putting it in a different garbage bag.”

*On topic: Radiohead is so green, they’ll record their next Conan performance in London rather than travel to the U.S. for it. [vicarious]

*LOCAL: Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil” will be playing at the Parkway Theater starting on Friday. In it, Charlton Heston plays a Mexican. [for details see switchblade comb]