Links for 1.28.09: Phoenix’s rap, musical injuries and death…

by Josh Kimball

*Rap: Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career was a “hoax“? Apparently, these people did not get the memo about the changing nature of the concept “real.” And by “these people,” I have no idea who I’m talking about.

*Pornography: The genre of SFW porn is on the rise. Well, if saying the F-word is still SFW. Here’s a semi-SFW porny spoof of The Office, XXX Office. [best week ever]

*Mixtapes: Muxtape returns as a site that has almost none of the functionality of the original. They retain, however, the euphonic name “Muxtape.” Weeeeee.

*Football: Ear Farm pulls together the Super Bowl thoughts and predictions of the indie music world. Because everybody wants to know Dan Deacon’s take on the big game.

*Nerdery: Star Wars goes horror with Deathtroopers. [hinto]

*Death: John Updike died. You knew that. Dozens of novels published, and his NYT obit calls him “almost blogger-like.”

*Local economy: More bad news – On Tuesday, Target and Best Buy announced layoffs (900 positions eliminated at Target HQ), piggybacking on the tens of thousands of jobs that went away on Monday. I just report this stuff people. People who are interested in musical ephemera and obscure web culture want to hear about harsh economic realities, right?

*The Annals of Medicine: Even though, as this metafilter post points out, “cello scrotum” is a hoax, it’s still fun to read about music-related injuries. “The instrument itself, as result of its composition, weight, and shape, together with the force required to play it and the prolonged and repetitive nature of practice, may lead to a host of instrument specific injuries.”

*Beards: Devendra shaved his. OH NO. It probably has something to do with the Natalie Portman break-up.

*Localish: Check out The Hold Steady on the public radio show Sound Opinions. [mfr]

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