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Video: WSJ on the OLPC and teaching kids to make music

Can music software turn pre-schoolers into sophisticated, tech-age musicians? (Sorry about the dumb pre-roll ad.)

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Links for 6.11.08: M.I.A. cancels, dads rap, OLPC’s tunes…

*NPR is at the strange center of a confluence of bloggers, Father’s Day and rapping. [daddytypes]

*M.I.A. has cancelled her European tour. Possibly to plan her wedding.

*The Times on Lil Wayne: “He often raps about smoking dope and swigging cough syrup.”

*Bonaroo has a site set up to help mobile festival goers access info easily. [largehearted boy]

*Fashion(?): Punk rock belts for children. I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know what punk rock means.

*A collection of goods made out of repurposed vinyl records: bowls, bracelets, coasters.

*More Andrew Kuo stuff from the New York Times: On music festivals.

*Nooka is putting out a glow-in-the-dark watch to celebrate Kanye’s Glow in the Dark tour, which is in Minneapolis tonight. [crave]

*One Laptop Per Child: Teaching the world to sing? “TamTam, a piece of software that allows children to create their own music, is central to the OLPC educational mission.” [work]

*Remember when Qtrax, the free, legit P2P music site, tried to launch in January and it turned out they didn’t have deals with any labels? They’re ready to launch again.

*Lily Allen has been posting fairly heavily on her blog lately. Unquestionably frightening, but on the plus side, she makes the listenerd look almost literate.

*Local (kinda): The Hold Steady is streaming their new album, Stay Positive, on their MySpace page. MySpace. Quaint!