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Month: October, 2008

Links for 10.25.08: Dying quotations, candy corn blogs and SKOGGINS

*Trends: Quotation marks are “out.” Says the angry writer: “The refusal to make a firm distinction between speech and interior reflection can also evoke a hermetic worldview.” Wow, someone woke up with a stick up his ass. (Wait. Who said that?)

*Web 2.0: a site called SKOGGINS helps indie bands fill in slots in their tours. I have a friend named Mark Skogen. He’s about 6′ 6″. Despite that fact, SKOGGINS. [mashable]

*Halloween: If you wanna dress like a musician, please choose one of these. Or at least don’t be Bono. (Or just go with sexy Halloween. That would also be fine.) [coudal]

*Playlists: Ryan Adams listens to Mariah. She’s on fiah. As am I, apparently.

*Food: Sweet Candy Corn is a blog about candy corn. Today, I fucked up my blood sugar so bad after eating some candy corn, I had to lie face down for 15 minutes praying. [neatorama]

*Hardware: Holy crap, these Magno wooden radios look awesome.

*Instruments: The Martin D-28 guitar: Learn it, play it.

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Video: A musical biography of Barack Obama

[daily swarm]

Links for 10.24.08: The Hudsons, The Smiths and Weird Al vs. Steve Jobs…

*Obit: Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found dead from gunshot wounds on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Devastating and depressing.

*Rumor: Are the Smiths reuniting? I know nearly nothing about the Smiths, having spent the last five years trying to keep up with the Joneses. [largehearted boy]

*Professionals: The Musician’s Twitter Roadmap. Personally, I recommend being hilarious. Or really famous. Or a hot chick. (Not in that order.)

*On again / off again: Weird Al is PISSED at iTunes. I would NOT want to have this dude mad at me. Perhaps there are some Steve Jobs vs. Weird Al mashups that could add humor to this situation. Or parody songs. Maybe involving heart attacks.

*Video: John Hodgman’s brief digression on matters of lost time. That is my last John Hodgman link. Of the day. [bb]

*Trailers: Maybe you would like to watch the latest trailer for the Biggie Smalls biopic “Notorious.” It is in WIDE format. (That’s not a fat joke!) [You never know.]

*Fashion: You love Crocs. You love Uggs. Winter Crocs offer the best of both worlds. (Those worlds being an overlapping geography of various hells.)

*Tidbit: We are undergoing a worldwide economic meltdown. Please send links.

Links for 10.23.08: Bono writes, Dr. Pepper flows, I sing…

*Free things: Please follow this link if you want to learn details about claiming your free “Chinese Democracy” Dr. Pepper. (You must get your coupon on November 23.) If you would like to read an IM conversation between a music blogger and an artificial intelligence program about “Chinese Democracy,” I salute you for at least having a sense of adventure. Also, I love chatting with artificial intelligence software.

*Editorials: Bono wil be writing between 6 and 10 articles for the New York Times op-ed page next year. Consider my subscription cancelled. And consider my IRE RAISED. [huffpo]

*Remixes: Spin names the top 25 MGMT remixes. I have been waiting for this list a long time. [fimoculous]

*Blogs and music: A New York Times music writer lets bloggers pick his music. He then listens to 25 consecutive MGMT remixes. (Actually, it’s for CMJ, but whatever.)

*Art: AC/DC’s new music video (for “Rock N Roll Train”) has been released as ASCII art, in an Excel spreadsheet. Shouldn’t it have been, like, Sigur Ros to do this? I don’t see a lot of alignment between the core AC/DC fan and this medium. Hello? Above all, it seems like a huge coup for Excel. [mashable]

*For your information: Does it surprise you that I’m a huge John Hodgman fan? The A.V. Club interviews the man about his new book, “More Information than You Require.”

Says Hodgman: “Very quickly the proposal for the second book crystallized in my mind. And that proposal was basically more of the same but twice as long. And that’s where I got with the second book. It’s not quite twice as long, but it is considerably and needlessly longer, and that is something I really like.” [largehearted boy]

*Admission: I participated in a Sing Star event earlier this week at which I sang Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Girl Put Your Records On” in a monotonic falsetto. Some scars will never heal.

Video: McCain vs. Obama in a Dance Off

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Links for 10.20.08: iLike pays, Palin winks, Pandora cuts…

*Business models: iLike is going to start paying artists when their music gets listened to. [mashable]

*Hustle and/or flow: NPR talks to Terrence Howard, who just put out his first album. “My dream was to be a physicist.” I should say that I have always dreamt of being retired.

*Finance: Russell Simmons is advising that the residential real estate market is a BUY. [dailyswarm]

*Excuse me?: Secret Society is an 18-piece steampunk jazz ensemble. They’re recording their first album in December. [3quarksdaily]

*Recession: Pandora lays off 14% of its staff.

*Politics: Sarah Palin winking depicted in LEGOs. It is appropriately grotesque!

*Global Financial Meltdown: Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones frolicking for finance. FROLICKING, I TELL YOU.

*Philanthropy: Local music blog Culture Bully is doing a 60-hour blogathon for charity. I don’t have any idea what a blogathon is.

*I saw Diane Keaton at dinner last night.

Breaking: Britney Spears is on Twitter

Right when I leave everyone’s favorite microblogging platform, Britney joins? Really? A samples (from the only tweet that appears to have been “written” by Britney herself):

“Can’t wait to release my secret on ET tonight. Are you ready??”

Ms. Spears has also set up a new YouTube channel, with her most recent posting being some riveting, though grainy footage of what appears to be a short bus.

I will try to keep you informed of new developments as they break.

[techcrunch]

Video: Boybama – Battleground for Your Heart

[instant yang]

Video: A Victrola playing Judy Garland’s “I’m Nobody’s Baby”

Soothing as a mofo (after the creepy voiceover intro part).

Arnel Pineda does not hate being in Journey

Despite quotes to the contrary in a recent issue of Rolling Stone (an American magazine that apparently covers music), Journey’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, does not hate being in the band. Quotes Rolling Stone: “It’s a fantastic job, but at the same time it’s a curse.”

Mr. Pineda said has comments about the “days I just break down and cry” were taken out of context.

And he is angry about it. Please stay tuned for more breaking Arnel Pineda news as it happens.

Video: Literal music video for “Head Over Heels”

That’s Tears for Fears, if you are under 30.

[geekologie]

Links for 10.17.08: Yeezy’s ganking, Girl Talk’s vlogging, Russell’s hustling…

*The Annals of Ganking: Yeezy (Mr. Kanye West) has been accused of ganking content from NYMag blog Vulture. Next thing you know that fucker will be tumbling without vias. (Huh?) [bossip]

*Vlogging: Girl Talk has a YouTube channel set up for their (his?) current tour. Each video is made up of parts taken from dozens of other video bloggers. (Not really.) [peefork]

*Politics: Spanish socialists have adopted Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot, as their own. [metal sucks]

*Speculation: The Facebook Music talk kicks up again. (I only go to Facebook for the drunken photographs. And the hilarious virtual gifts.) [mfr]

*Hip-hop: The Economist profiles Russell Simmons. Of his own Rush Card – a way for the unbanked to handle monetary transactions without getting an account – Mr. Simmons says, “This card is meant to get people laid, get them feeling dignity.” Funny. [licensing plate]

*Sustainability: How are musicians going green? Plenty says they’re using biodiesel busses, solar-powered studios, guitars made from sustainably harvested materials, and using soy ink. I don’t know why they didn’t mention Cloud Cult. [largehearted boy]

*Worth it for the headline: “Is It Just Us Or Does J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek Look Laughable & Retarded?” The headline was too good; I didn’t read on. [the playlist]

*Twitter: Qwitter lets you know when you have been unfollowed. (I mostly quit twitter – and committed twitticide even – a while ago. I don’t even know why.) [waxy]

*Local: The New York Times on law-and-order loving Minneapolites Atmosphere, who played the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza recently:

“Slug, the group’s verbose rapper, noticed something. Two fans, engaged in a shoving match, were causing a commotion on the floor. ‘Stop the song,’ Slug advised his band, before addressing the troublemakers. ‘Just separate yourselves, like bad kids at the party.'”

Video: Moby’s “Ooh Yeah” music video looks like pornography

Yet another entry in the long line of videos or movies alluding to pornography.

[buzzfeed]

Links for 10.16.08: Our Dr. Pepper, Radiohead’s pot of gold, Eminem’s Relapse…

*Freebies: Dr. Pepper confirms that we will all get free cans of the strange-tasting soda due to the release of Guns ‘N Roses’ long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” this year. Spin leads us to the album’s song list and album art. [vulture]

*Internecine war: MGMT hates the Brooklyn music scene. “My least favorite part is that it doesn’t really exist.” Do you ever see Kanye use the word internecine? EVER???? (OK, what about his ghost blogger? Again, no.)

*Experiments: Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” made more money than “Hail to the Thief.” I paid three bucks for it, and I don’t really feel that bad!!!! OK, a little bad. I’m Catholic. Kind of.

*Comebacks: Eminem releases a new song, “I’m Having a Relapse.

*Videogames: Look at some screenshots of Wii Music. Someday, I will be allowed to have a videogame system. And then I will be a real boy. (HOLY: IS THIS A MODERN REFRESH OF AN AGE-OLD DISNEY SCREENPLAY WAITING TO BE WRITTEN OR WHAT??)

*Travel: Vegas.com adds a page for all the douchebags out there. (Thank you, Vegas!) [tobs]

*Off topic: Green superblog Grist interviews Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken. “Resources such as biomass and wind are waiting to be tapped to their full potential. But more importantly, we have innovation and creativity and brainpower.”