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Video: We Are Scientists’ “Impatience”

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Links for 7.28.08: Indie labels rule, 8tracks emerges, Zune tatts farewell…

*BusinessWeek: Veteran indie record labels are kicking the asses of the majors. (They have decided not to take names at this time.) [medialoper]

*Speaking of Faith: Is Bono the Godfather of Brangelina’s twins? I have on many occasions professed my hatred for Bono, but it has never been so strong as it is today. Except for that one day when he was wearing those sunglasses and swaggering around all prickishly.

*Music 2.0: 8tracks – “is a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix — a short playlist containing at least 30 minutes, roughly 8 tracks, of music. People can do 2 things on 8tracks: listen to a mix, or create a mix. Listeners can search for a mix by artist or genre, stream it in a legal, radio-style manner, and follow others who make compelling mixes.” OK. I will try.

*Sad video: This one has made the music blog rounds. The Zune Tattoo guy says goodbye via YouTube. Unrelated: Should I get a tattoo of an anchor or a tiny chicken wearing a party hat and carrying a cane? Or neither? Please vote.

*Tomorrow: Get your Tom Waits “Live in Concert” stream from a recent performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre July 29th at NPR Music. [p-fork]

*Releases: Bonnie Prince Billy puts out a new 7-inch (Notes for Future Lovers, Donde Esta Prufrock). (Notice how I refuse to accede to the prince-in-quotation-marks convention!) [catbirdseat]

*Television: The song from the “Mad Men” intro is “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. I thought you would want to know more about this television program because you are most probably a male human of some means and are almost certainly on the internet and conversant in the popular ideas currently circulating on it.

Video: They Might Be Giants’ “Davy Crockett in Space”

The new animated video by They Might Be Giants.

[laughing squid]

Video: Chris Brown’s “Forever” is a gum commercial

Recently released as a regular old pop song, the Wall Street Journal says that Chris Brown’s “Forever” is actually the jingle for Wrigley’s chewing gum – it includes the line “double your pleasure / double your fun.”

People freaked out last year when Fergie was going to do this kind of thing for Candie’s.

[daily swarm]

Video available here. (Oh vodpod, why have you forsaken me?)

Off topic: Como Town’s Hotel Fire Ride

OK. Seriously, how weird is it that there’s a ride at local listenerd summer-time amusement park hotspot Como Town that forces children to pretend there is a SERIOUS AND DEADLY FIRE blazing in a LARGE 3-STAR HOTEL, and that it is their job to put it out?

As you can see, a wall of flames clearly licks the windows on every floor of the hotel, indicating a serious conflagration, which must – I can only imagine – spur the children to fight the fire that much harder. Thankfully, what’s happening beyond the hotel’s fiery facade is left to the imagination, lest riders (who must be, I think, at least 56 inches tall) catch a glimpse of smoke-blackened businessmen and terrified vacationers battling asphyxiation and clawing for their very lives.