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Month: October, 2008

Links for 10.31.08: The Beatles’ chord, Green porno, Attack ad generator…

*The Secret Chord: Math, music and George Harrison’s “A Hard Day’s Night” opening chord, which has apparently been an international mystery for decades. “Dr. Brown deduces that another George—George Martin, the Beatles producer—also played on the chord, adding a piano chord that included an F note impossible to play with the other notes on the guitar. The resulting chord was completely different than anything found in the literature about the song to date, which is one reason why Dr. Brown’s findings garnered international attention.” [mefi]

*Memorials: Remembering David Foster Wallace. He made me feel like I was at the Adult Video News Awards. In the first row. Covered in I can’t say what.

*Politics: The Attack Ad Generator will help you create your own attack ad. Because everyone loves to hate. [mashable]

*Free music: I have been thinking about this for a long time. But I have never done anything about it. Except read. And spout off. StreamDrag lets freeloaders easily listen to music hosted on YouTube. [mashable]

*Sustainability: Many moons ago, we covered Isabella Rossellini’s sustainability-related educational video short series, Green Porno for the day job. Now, we can watch it on YouTube. Basically safe for work, but sort of pervy.

*Obits: Studs Terkel died. I thought he was already dead. So now I was right.

*Notes on Halloween: The Dude went as a red dragon. Thank you. In other news, let me throw my considerable weight behind the Take 5 bar, the Fast Break bar and the new mint Three Musketeers bar. Avoid: Chocolate Skittles. I guess since I mentioned weight, it’s important that I also add that I am bald. Ugh.

Video: Hockey Mama for Obama


Video: Bloc Party’s “This Modern Love” Take Away Show

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Links for 10.30.08: Country Joe the Plumber, Lil Wayne gets nasty, Bono on Facebook…

*Country: Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel Wurzelbacher) has a booking agent and a PR agency, and is considering entering the world of country music as a recording artist. [wired]

*The Miracle of Birth: Rapper Lil Wayne apparently helped deliver his second child recently. His commentary on the matter follows. “I delivered him. I held the left leg the whole time. It was nasty, very nasty, but it was wonderful.”

*Facebook: Those pictures of BONO with two 19-year-old girls in bikinis made it into the wild thanks to inept privacy setting management by one of the ladies in question. [all facebook]

*Pasterolling: Go here and copy/paste the symbol, please. [waxy]

*Disturbia: A collection of videos of little kids singing Katy Perry’s magnum opus, “I Kissed a Girl.” Sometimes I’m not sure what motivates people to put the things on YouTube that they do. Like Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend.”

*Mashups: Waxy looks at Girl Talk’s official sample list. (Wikipedia users identified about 75% of the samples before this list came out.)

*Politics: The Economist endorses Barack Obama. Whoa. Since when did the Economist start endorsing socialist candidates? [mefi]

Links for 10.29.08: Footloose rises, the Beatles may return, Bjork weeps…

*BIG NEWS: Zac Efron is going to do a Footloose remake. My favorite scene from Footloose was the one with the dancing. And the hay.

*Rumors: Is a Beatles’ Rock Band coming out tomorrow? Also, is a global economic meltdown threatening our very way of life? Seriously. It’s something to think about. [daily swarm]

*Auctions: Christie’s is selling off some serious rock memorabilia, including stuff from Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, and Bowie. By the way, thanks a lot for all the help on that Cat Power-Bowie cover, too. Assholes.

*Social commentary: Bjork comments on Iceland’s economy and environment – “Usually I don’t notice politics. I live happily in the land of music-making. But I got caught up in it because politicians seem bent on ruining Iceland’s natural environment.” [daily swarm]

*P2P: LimeWire to sell content from Comedy Central records through its legit P2P store.

*Time: A boombox watch from Flud. Seriously, if this thing were only 100X larger, I would be all over it. Also, Kanye’s blog does a shitty job of linking to the actual product or item posted about. Just saying. [kanye]

*Infographics: The History of the United States economy from GOOD magazine. It’s pretty. And pretty scary. Ha?

*Blogging: Blogging makes me tired. Here is the Twittercide thing I wrote for the day job.

Video: Cast of “The Wire” gets out the vote for Obama

Links for 10.28.08: Wal-mart slashes, Red State sex, toast…

*Downloads: Wal-mart has cut prices on its top-selling song downloads to just $0.74 each. [idolator]

*Legally Dead: Whoa. The Grateful Dead’s lawyer was a pretty cool dude. He allowed live tapings of the shows, had the band incorporate and offer health benefits, and kept the Dead’s recordings for the band itself.

*Music videos:, a site that allows people who like music videos to watch them. Like YouTube, but with fewer users.

*Piano: The Wall Street Journal profiles 16-year-old autistic piano prodigy Matt Savage.

*Ideas: The New York Times Ideas blog is pretty damn good. Recently they pointed to a New Yorker piece on sex and stigma in red and blue states – “As long as a girl doesn’t abort, red-state families are “relatively unruffled” by the pregnancy. In blue states, by contrast, teen sex and contraception are tolerated, but pregnancy is stigmatized.”

*Magazines: Again, Esquire seriously needs some help on the web. But these low-key triumphs are triumphs. And they are also low key. A few: Charlie Gibson, Keira Knightley’s breasts, toast and the moon.

*Money: TuneCore, the music distribution aid for indie bands, raised $7M in venture funding recently. How do you land seven large in this credit environment? And why do you? [paid content via daily swarm]

*Work: I had an absolutely horseshit day at work today. Though not as bad as many. Here are some work things I’ve done recently: a thingy on MultiMe (a new macrotrend) and pulled together a multi-author piece on the economic meltdown.

Links for 10.27.08: Hope posters, Twitter rising, a Bowie cover…

*Hope and beyond: A delicious collection of images inspired by Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” poster. Includes: dope, nope, pope, hope, grope, type, marxism, viva!, soup, chope, mime, cope, rope, chaos, damn, fuck it, arab, dupe, honey, chump, dunk, and more. [obeygiant]

*Lazyblog request: Did the Cat Power cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that appeared in that Lincoln commercial ever come out as a legit MP3? If so, could someone please send it to me? You and the rights holder will be properly remunerated. Regards. {Hello, Cat?}

*CMJ: Read The Daily Swarm’s rundown of New York Times coverage of CMJ over the years. The biggest disappointment for me is that 2009 was not included. [spincity]

*Interviews: Peefork interviews Randy Newman: “Don Henley is always teasing me, asking if I’ve written another little novelty song.” Short people, indeed.

*When Music Blogs Attack: Listening Post vs. Idolator. It’s like Kanye vs. 50 Cent, but without anyone falsely promising to retire. THE LISTENERD WILL RETIRE IF DEFEATED IN BLOGGING BY ANY MUSIC BLOGGER. [Also, who defends Boing Boing?]

*Microblogging: While you were sitting on the toilet, Twitter went mainstream. This is why I quit, people.

*Apps: Nabbit is an application that allows you to get info on songs playing on the radio by playing them into your cellphone. Or you can just work on your memories, people. I mean, really. [mashable]

*Metaphor: Stanley Fish on why Obama and McCain’s campaigns are like John Milton’s “Paradise Regained.” This is the kind of political analysis I could get into.

*Avoid: Black mead. At all costs.

Video: “Thriller” performed by French students

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Video: Mario Basanov & Vidis cardiograph music vid


Links for 10.26.08: Butts, sounding black and Bono + bikinis

*Politics: Where voting and music meet: Q-tip, Brad Paisley and Fall Out Boy. OK, that’s a weird trio.

*Academia: Kid Rock has established a scholarship. For STUDENTS.

*Music: Here is Kanye West’s “Robocop.” Which Kanye West says he did not leak. In other news Kanye West recently saw the image of Kanye West in a tortilla Kanye West was using to make his signature Kanye West burrito. It has carnitas in it.

*Linguistics: It is possible to sound black. If you didn’t know this, you are a racist. [murketing]

*Bono: Bono has been caught partying with some 19-year-old girls. If by partying, you mean posing for pictures. Also, there are bikinis involved. I hate Bono. [buzzfeed]

*Butts: Songs about butts. Butts. Butts. Butts. Butts. Butts. Butts. Butts. Butts. Butts.

*Ouch: Bad concert experiences caught and codified by the A.V. Club. “There must have been a hundred kids—some as young as 13 and 14—face down on the parking-lot blacktop, hands cuffed behind their backs, bawling their eyes out.” [largehearted boy]

*OH HELLO: This is me, for the jobby job. Boring. On the plus side, I saw Diane Keaton.

Video: Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On”

I turned my swag on a couple weeks ago when my 401k started to go in the toilet.

Video: Non-ASCII ASCII music video from AC/DC

Here, you see the video that is otherwise traveling around (and linked to here previously) as a piece of ASCII art in an Excel file. It is a music video for AC/DC’s “Rock N Roll Train.” [vvc]

Video: Cover of Metallica’s “Fade to Black” on piano