the listenerd

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Month: September, 2008

Video: Road that makes music as you drive on it in Lancaster, CA

I have written about this road before. Now, I can point you to a video of the road at work.

[vvc]

Video: Trailer for Notorious B.I.G. biopic


[daily swarm]

Links for 9.23.08: Bono vs. Palin, Gay Aiken, hip-hop Muppets…

*Gaywatch: Clay Aiken is gay. AND he is attracted to men. For reasons sexual.

*Politics: U2’s Bono will meet with Sarah Palin tomorrow. Perhaps you are waiting for me to make an inappropriate joke about two human beings whom I dislike intensely. When I have a couple beers in me, people. When I have a couple beers in me. Ugh. [daily swarm]

*Furniture: Who wants to sit on Hercules’ face? [apartment therapy]

*Ubiquitous: Kanye West is working on a pilot of a Comedy Central show that involves PUPPETS, somewhat like a “black Muppets.” FWIW: I would recommend the classic Muppet Show episodes to even the most adult viewers. Excellent television. [everywhere]

*Lodging: Red Roof Inn taps the power of country music, using music from Phil Vassar and Little Big Town as its telephone hold music and to otherwise promote the motel chain. Personally, I’m a Motel 6 kind of guy. Sometimes a tent. [licensing plate]

*Music biz: DRM-free tracks “[haven’t] moved the needle” according to music execs.

*Local: A contributor to the blog Perfect Duluth Day helps DIY geeks make their own instruments on MAKE. [mnspeak]

*Hodgman: John Hodgman has a new book coming out – “More Information Than You Require” – and Wired has interviewed him about it, as is warranted. I corresponded with Mr. Hodgman for my regular job once, and he was exceedingly polite. That was my brush with fame for 2007.

Links for 9.22.08: Obama’s soundtrack, hot buttered band names, slot music…

*Band names: From Metal Sucks comes the best band name the listenerd has run across since The Sweatpant Boners of the early 2000s. Yes, it’s Hot Buttered Anal.

*Ideas: HAAAAAAAAAAA. Mixtube lets people make playlists out of audio scraped from YouTube (making it much closer to legal than previous Mixtape apps like Muxtape). I blogged about a similar idea a while ago. Also: I am an idiot. [readwriteweb]

*Slots: SlotMusic – this nearly universally maligned plan is to sell albums not as CDs or MP3s, but on SD memory cards. The idea may well not be a good one at all, however, the attitude and authority with which so many people claim to know the music business and what’s good for it is appalling and depressing. Whoa. Where did that come form?

*Politics: Obama releases a campaign soundtrack, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. Songs by Kanye, Adam Levine, Jackson Browne and Los Lonely Boys. [largehearted boy]

*MySpace: TechCrunch has screenshots from the much-awaited MySpace Music. The MySpace is still too ugly for me! I’m over 30!!111 OMG. And bald. Ugh.

*Mobile: Will Google’s Android phone be equipped with a client for Amazon’s MP3 store?

*Fashion: The Guardian gives props to Andre 3000 for giving props to British style. According to the article, Benjamin also went to a high school where a preppy street gang called the Stray Cats wore Benetton and beat on people with tennis raquets. What the fricking fuck? [licensing plate]

*Interviews: P-fork talks to David Byrne. Seems like someone talk to David Byrne every couple weeks, doesn’t it? Anyway: “Things that might have alienated me in the past, now I just figure, well, that’s the way that person is or that’s just the way things are. I’m not going to let that bother me too much. And maybe it’s because being older there’s a certain kind of don’t-give-a-shit attitude.” I think I would like to, if this description is any indication, be old, but without the baldness.

*Video: Dave Eggers talks to Chris Elliott. (It’s 32 minutes, and there’s some earnestness, but still.)

*Meta: WTF? WordPress is fucking with my shit? Maybe it’s time to find a new thing. If I can muster the energy.

Video: YouTube’s collaborative beatbox song

In addition to the fame of being in this video, each of these participants has won a free shower, for the length of time of their choosing.

Or at least they should win that.

Video: Metallica performs “The Day That Never Comes”

On Jools Holland.

[culture bully]

Links for 9.21.08: Product placement, Replacement news, Lennon’s ire…

*Product placement: I’ve written about Fergie writing a song for Candie’s (don’t think it ever went through, though; they got nervous at the backlash) and Chris Brown surreptitiously making a Wrigley’s jingle into a hit single – here Listening Post covers another aspect of music product placement: simple brand mentions in hip-hop songs – for sale.

*Interview: TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe talks to the Wall Street Journal. “When “Jump Tomorrow” came out I got an agent and I started going on auditions. And I’d find myself in a room full of people who vaguely looked like me and I’d think, ‘Do I really want to be on a soap opera?'” This is me every day. But instead of the soap opera thing, it’s “in an office.”

*Replacements: Newsday interviews Paul Westerberg: “One day Tommy wants to sue me, the next he wants to jam. I think he’s in the jamming mood this week, but by the time he gets here we might just meet and fight.” This week Rhino Records is doing a big rerelease of The Replacements last four albums. [largehearted boy]

*Etiquette: Upon the occasion of trying to teach his son Sean how to eat steak, John Lennon once became so frustrated and yelled so loudly, the young man required medical aid. “He did wind up yelling at me very, very loudly to the point where he damaged my ear, and I had to go to the hospital.” [huffpo]

*Covers: An all-girl Belgian band covers Radiohead’s “Creep.” For those of you who like to listen to things. [via zeon]

*Toys: The Epidermits is a concept toy, and it is perhaps one of the most frightening toys I have ever seen. Do not click through on the via link unless you are prepared to be scarred or are already so scarred that it won’t matter what you see. Also, keep your children away from your computer until you fully understand your parental position on this item. Thank you. [bb gadgets]

Video: Tegan and Sara have a vloggy thing

[xrrf]

Video: Ben Kingsley as Minor Threat’s Ian MacKaye

MacKaye + Kingsley = bald. I am also a member of this group!

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[coudal]

Video: Cold War Kids perform on Jimmy Kimmel

Remember when all the blogs were bloggily blogging about the Cold War Kids? Yeah.

[culture bully]

Video: Why We Drink

If you have been wondering. About drinking.

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Links for 9.20.08: Blink crash, Jay-Z’s label, Saramago’s movie…

*Crash: DJ AM and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were in a South Carolina plane crash on Friday that killed four people. They’re both being treated for burns and are in critical condition.

*Business: Jay-Z is starting a new record label, StarRoc. Jay-Z also things 360 deals are the future? Hm. [licensing plate]

*Video: Daft Punk song “Something About Us” on Nintendo DS and theremin. [waxy]

*Launched: DJ History is an online store for rare vinyl. I’m telling you people: garage sales. [nme]

*Mixes: Is Favtape a “Muxtape on steroids”? (Muxtape was shut down by the RIAA last month.) [techcrunch]

*Literature: Holy WTF?? Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author Jose Saramago’s “Blindness” is being made into a movie starring Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover and Sandra Oh. WTF? (I used to have sort of a thing for Saramago, and especially enjoyed his explorations of identity – and his own literary heritage, of course, through the channeling of Fernando Pessoa – in “The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.”

*Hope: Barack Obama’s face in Lego’s. The Internet effing loves Lego’s. [buzzfeed]

Video: Brian Wilson does a Black Cab Session

Check out this Black Cab Session, which features Brian Wilson singing in what appears to be a Tommy Bahama shirt.

OK; I’m done with the Black Cab Sessions for a while.

Video: Brother Ali freestyling for a local radio station

[nah right via switchblade comb]