*Is treating artists like brands really the future of music? (Especially considering treating brands like brands is a practice that’s sort of out of vogue.)
*Nerve interviews The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on his Black Sabbath novella, Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality: “I thought about pitching stuff that was lots heavier, but I thought, one, I came late to most of it except for Celtic Frost and Megadeth, and two, you got to get Sabbath out of the way first.” [largehearted boy]
*Peruse: A very large list of MP3 blogs, broken out by category. [mediaeater] Also from the indomitable Mediaeater comes TasteKid, a recommendation engine for music, movies and books.
*Inventions: A nanotube radio receiver – created from a single carbon nanotube, these things could swim in the human bloodstream. “We have already used the nanotube radio to receive and play music from FM radio transmissions such as Layla by Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos) and the Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations.” [neatorama]
*The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross tours the Chinese classical music scene: Classical music draws huge crowds in China, and more young people are training, but Ross says commerce, art, and politics are keeping the scene a messy one.
*Off topic: The 50 Worst Sex Scenes in Cinema. Get the butter. And the popcorn (I guess?). Hello?