the listenerd

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Month: May, 2008

Video: Ed’s Furry Fucking Guide to Metal [NSFW]

Puppets star in this video, but the language is very metal. Which is to say yelly and swearish.

[metal sucks]


Video: Dude pops on So You Think You Can Dance

Also, he may lock at some point. I enjoy the part where he mugs for the camera. (Song is “It’s Me, Bitches” by Swizz Beatz.)


Video: John Lennon interview set to animation

A 1969 hotel room interview with John Lennon, now set to animation by Josh Raskin.

[fresh creation]

Links for 5.27.08: Pork and Beans’ director, Bon Iver’s house, Jingles!

*The Wall Street Journal talks to Mathew Cullen, the director of Weezer’s net meme-packed “Pork and Beans.”

*Billboard talks to Pandora’s Tim Westergren: “What are you doing with Clear Channel and why?
It’s a trial that we’ll be running on some of their Web sites this summer, where they’ll be offering personalized Pandora playlists.”

*Pitchfork interviews Bon Iver: He bought a house for $70k. [pop candy]

*Touchscreen turntables do away with the vinyl. Video here.

*CBS readies to air a reality show about…jingles.

*I’ll be honest. I know nothing about Eurovision. YET. Ok?

*Napster is launching a mobile video service in Japan. [moconews]

*Paul McCartney gets an honorary degree from Yale. Wait. I thought Paul was daed.

*Off topic: A brilliant young man (call him a genius if you like) is trying to take a picture of himself using every known (and sanctioned?) beard style. [mefi]

Video: An item which is both bong and guitar

Never trust a man in a leopard fez.

[listening post]

Off topic video: “Twisted: A Balloonamentary” movie trailer

It’s the dirty balloon twisters vs. the religious balloon twisters in a war that will not end.


Links for 5.26.08: Blender rumors, Pitchfork tips, Kegel exercises…

*Light day today. Also, I split my shorts this morning loading a Bagster. Take that, Emily Gould!

*Pitchfork publishes a guide to summer festivals. Bring water. [earfarm]

*SoundCloud: Super-simple music sharing. [gonze]

*Video: More fishsticking (you might consider this an ongoing music video).

*There’s a rumor going around that Blender is closing shop.

*Off topic: Flaptor = more twitter search. [mediaeater]

*Off topic: Failure to launch. I’m sort of obsessed with Michel Fournier’s Le Grand Saut, and have been since a New Yorker article a few years back. La bete est solide!

State of the listenerd address!

As of this Wednesday (the 28th), I’ll have a year under my belt blogging on the ‘nerd. With work on the backburner and a long weekend for leisure, I’m seizing this opportunity for some brief meta-blogging self-indulgence. If you are easily bored, fall asleep now and save yourself the eyestrain.

Unlike many bloggers, I started this site with very clear goals. At the time it began, I was covering consumer trends in the media/entertainment/technology space as a Senior Editor, playing with Web 2.0 stuff and consumer electronics, reading extensively, and writing 10-12 articles a week. The problem: Everything I wrote was published behind a spendy subscription firewall. In fact, despite 3+ years of writing about media and tech trends, I had practically no discernible presence on the ‘net at large.

So I started the ‘nerd with the focus of developing an online record of some of my work and thinking. Obviously, I was a heavy blog consumer, and I’d experimented with blogging before extensively, usually to test platforms and applications (I started tumbling when it still kinda sucked; and ended up giving it up before it hit big), but occasionally to stretch my legs a bit as far as subject matter, too.

The main goal of this blog, however, was not to give myself a venue to play with new technologies, nor was it to be a place I could experiment with content. It was simply a way to, in a focused and efficient manner that was, in fact, a by-product of my everyday work and life, develop an authentic, organic, semi-controllable web presence for myself.

With that goal in mind, the blogging part was sort of easy. Google (and, actually, future readers) was a prime part of the audience; writing for a real-time readership was secondary. At least at the beginning. Anyway, if searchability was a key metric, I did just moderately well this year. I’m still behind the surfing photog who runs and buys AdSense, but there’s at least some record of my work and/or thinking (or lack thereof) online now.

So whither the ‘nerd? Not sure. Having met my primary aims, I’m now contemplating whether to adjust my ultimate goals in writing this thing (with one option being to actually WRITE more instead of linking so much), or to just keep on trucking (or maybe simply skip-hop to the next venture).

As far as a linkblog goes, the setup I have now is almost too efficient. Despite switching jobs (I’m Exec. Editor now), 80% of the information that hits the ‘nerd is basically a byproduct of my everyday work and life. I spend 20-30 minutes a night smashing a monster feedreader and posting links, and once in a while I press a video onto the site in the middle of the day. The total, realistic time commitment’s about 8 hours a week, though it’d be significantly more if I ever wrote decent-sized posts. (I’d prefer if it were like 4.5 hours.)

Traffic these days is not bad; and the trajectory is actually spiking. Each of the last two months has been the highest ever. Each of the last three weeks has been the highest ever, as well. And the highest trafficked day for the site was posted in the past week. Just two days shy of a year and I (this isn’t – like many others – a group blog or a partnership, and I don’t have guest writers or linkers) have put up 1,114 posts. Kind of a lot.

Anyway, thanks to anyone who reads, watches on, links to, or – at the least – does not try to hack into and destroy the listenerd. It’s been an interesting experiment, and I’m not really sure where it will go from here. Having pretty much met my primary goals, I will most likely shift my tactics a bit (though the focus of the blog, if it continues, will pretty much stay where it is; any subject matter shift will be organic).

OK, that was long. Sorry. Same time, same place, next year? Maybe?

Links for 5.25.08: Suburban slumps, crowdsourcing the pie, booming female DJs…

*I’ve written about or mentioned the crowdsourcing of various elements of music many times in the past, including linking to SlicethePie, a site that allows fans to finance bands they think can make it. The Telegraph reports on SlicethePie’s progress. [largehearted boy]

*In Europe: Rise of the female DJ?

*The A.V. Club pans Mates of State’s newest album, and blames it on a “suburban slump” (aka having a kid).

*Muxfind: Find tunes you want to hear on Muxtape. I guess I should finally make one of those things. [vc]

*Sneakers: If you want to wear designer metal shoes, it will cost you around $225. [hypebeast]

*Sorta off topic: – a simple tool that lets you check who’s listening to whom on Twitter. [mediaeater] Also, Crowdstatus allows you to create Twitter groups. I haven’t tried to use it yet. Generally, I dislike large groups.

Links for 5.24.08: MySpace’s mojo, Dylan’s b-day, Lobster kicks?

*MySpace opens up to developers in order to get back its juice. 1,000 new MySpace applications have been created in the last two months. [mediaeater]

*Experimental metal one-man bands on The Times.

*The Wall Street Journal on Al Green’s latest album: “Though he still has yet to hear an album by Mr. Thompson’s group, the Roots, Mr. Green says he’s thrilled about their collaboration and its results, including his first opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, in June.”

*Lily Allen comments on the topless photos of hear that have surfaced: “I wish digital cameras hadn’t been invented.

*Bob Dylan is 67 today. Also, he has not updated his YouTube channel in a long time. Happy birthday, Bob.

*Video: Wale & Justice’s “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” In case you didn’t see it on a half dozen other, better blogs.

*Off topic: Nike SB Concepts Lobster Dunks are sneakers “inspired by the seafood heritage of New England.” They are limited editions, and come in a wooden crate. Really? I think I need to learn more about sneakers.

*Off topic: In the New York TimesConsumed column, Rob Walker writes about the Flip video camera, the camera I drunkenly bought off Zappos a couple weeks ago. Also, I used it to record a really boring video of my brother and me planting a tree today.

Video: Trailer for “A Skin, A Night,” The National’s new film

Video: Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” music video

Video: The Fishstick (a dance from You Look Nice Today)

Video: Japanese impersonators recreate “We Are the World”