Links for 12.9.08: Coldplay responds, local top music lists, moustaches for kids…
by Josh Kimball
*Department of Forgotten Songs: Coldplay responds to Joe Satriani’s allegations that they plagiarized from him: “Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours.” For a long time at work, I’ve been trying to reclaim the phrase “best of luck in your future endeavours [sic].” It’s beginning to work, and any canned sentiment that echoes its cadence only strengthens my case.
*Lists: Paste offers up the 10 best music applications for the iPhone. I thought Paste only knew about white-people music?
*Deals: I was off the blog scene for a bit, so I don’t think I mentioned the deal to sell iPhones (at a price point as low as $99) at Wal-mart. Though it’s been called a double brand-buster by some, I like the idea – it creates a good kind of friction for both parties. (That wasn’t supposed to be innuendo.)
*Social music: I’m still trying to make sense of what Twones is, but they apparently track (or SCROBBLE?) one’s online listening habits (from sites like YouTube, HypeM, Imeem, Last.fm, iLike, etc.) via a Firefox add-on, then feed them to one’s network of friends. [techcrunch]
*The Enemies of Your Enemies: I previously brought the hate on Virginia Heffernan for being wrong-headed about a lot of web stuff. Then she rips Sarah Vowell a new one. What do I do now? Cry?
*Philanthropy: Moustaches for Kids – the charity of choice for people who love facial hair. And kids. And giving. [caitlin]
*Scandal: Some Minneapolis TV station accidentally aired footage of Minnesota Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe’s penis. Man, that was weird to type.
*Local: One top-ten list of Twin Cities music acts (along with a bunch of MP3s) worth checking out is here. It includes noted Dunn Bros. barista Haley Boner.