the listenerd

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Month: January, 2009

Links for 1.26.09: Concert layaway, Zune go away? and other items

*Records: Did you know that the White House Record collection includes Led Zeppelin IV? Side note: I used to skip school to play pick-up basketball with the car door open and “The Battle of Evermore” blaring out of the cheap-ass speakers. I’m not proud of it, I’m just reporting it. Assholes.

*Devices: Microsoft’s Zune apparently has recorded a $100M drop in revenue over last year, causing some to speculate that the device everyone but Barack Obama loves to hate will find itself under the falling axe of MSFT budget cuts.

*Economics: Given the brutal economic climate, music festivals like Coachella are starting to offer layaway plans, allowing fans to commit to tickets and start paying in advance, so they’re sure to make the shows.

*Fashion: Kanye West designs Louis Vuitton sneakers. They are reddish. “The inspiration came from a jacket with a huge collar in the movie ‘Dune.'”

*Hardware: Lightbulbs that are also speakers. HOLY, would I ever like to bust up these things somehow. [bb gadgets]

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Video: Fleet Foxes’ “Blue Ridge Mountains” – A Take Away Show

Video: World of Warcraft in meatspace

The WoW Project allowed World of Warcraft players to walk around with their avatar name above their head for a day. Weeeeee….

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Links for 1.24.09: Chinese hip-hop, Stradivarius science, and I was a “terminal student”

*Foreign affairs: The New York Times on the rise of Chinese hip-hop: “Hip-hop is free, like rock ’n’ roll — we can talk about our lives, what we’re thinking about, what we feel.”

*Science: The secret of Stradivarius violins is in the chemicals – borax, fluorides, chromium – used to protect them from worms. Look, I nearly failed Physics for Retards in high school. Back then they called us “terminal students.”

*Criticism: Considering it’s Slate, I’m surprised they didn’t go with the headline “Why Billy Joel Is the Greatest Singer on Earth.” [poploser]

*Ephemera: MusicThoughts.com. Where you can find music thoughts, free for the taking. [indie music tech]

*Mukluks: Pete Wentz. [fark]

*Twitter: Four things to read.

Video: Gladwell wonders if the Beatles were “prodigies”

The embed for this video of Malcolm Gladwell talking about the question of “prodigy” using the Beatles as a case study is a little wacky, so you could also click here.

He looks very frail.

[Update: The embed was auto-playing so I got rid of it. And I’m very angry.]

Video: The Arcade Fire covers “Born in the U.S.A.”

The Arcade Fire covers Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” at a special concert for Obama staffers earlier this week.

THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF CACOPHONY!!!11

Links for 1.23.09: The Obameter, Kerouac quotes, Yo-Yo Ma fakes…

*Hello: Get a random Jack Kerouac quote. (It would be better if they truly were random quotes, like “May I have a doughnut?”) [shorties]

*Video: Pitchfork.tv has Kraftwerk Minimum-Maximum video up for the next week. Seems like they’re offering media in what’s sort of a flip-side of Daytrotter. Instead of true exclusivity of content they’re using short windows of availability to create scarcity and pull traffic.

*Performance: Remember when the listenerd was freaking the eff out about Yo-Yo Ma using some 3080 carbon-fiber cello at the inauguration? But then he showed up at the thing using a regular wooden one? Turns out, he was faking it anyway.

*Music: Listen to Bon Iver cover Feist live at the Wireless. (I am typing this with seven fingers.) [s4xton]

*Politics: The Obameter tracks the progress Barack Obama has made on his campaign promises. [presurfer]

*Mobile/Social: Last.fm puts out on application for Google’s Android mobile phone platform.

*Phonographs: Current.com tackles vinyl. Good opener, but then too many human faces and not enough records spinning. [d-prince]

Video: Pistol Youth’s “In My Eyes”

Video mash-up of the Golden Girls. Terrifying.

[coudal]

Video: A soothing bikini video

Perhaps this will soothe you on a Friday.

[d-prince]

Links for 1.22.09: Job cuts everywhere!, Twitter vizzies, etc.

*Cuts: Everyone! We’re in a worldwide economic meltdown! Clear Channel, Warner Bros and probably nearly every company you’ve ever heard of have cut jobs recently. If I don’t sound terrified it’s because I’m in a drugged-out haze.

*Local: A book and anthology about Lifter Puller – Craig Finn’s band before he formed The Hold Steady – will be released sometime this year. [mbv]

*Data: If you are a person who has the potential to be excited by information visualizations, this video showing Twitter activity around the globe in the hours leading up to and immediately following Barack Obama’s inauguration will excite you. Yes, I am crazy. But play some music in the background and tell me I’m wrong. [venturebeat] In FURTHER Twitter visualization news, I want to see where I and those I follow would land on this graph.

*What?: Kanye West says he’s open to doing bisexual porn. Yes, I went back and re-read that and he DOES mean pornography. UPDATE: UGH. DENIED. NM.

*Phonographs: Now that’s a tiny phonograph.

*The Annals of Soothingness: This internet Buddha Machine Wall delivers soothing Buddha Box sound to your laptop. And you do not even need a phonograph. Or the latest version of Flash.

*NOTES: I think I need to do a listenerd podcast. But I’m an idiot. Stay tuned.

Links for 1.21.09: Obama’s media FX, Kanye’s mullet, Beastie art…

*The Inauguration: This is probably worth a longer post – and I may do one for the jobby blog – but during President Obama’s inauguration yesterday, Google traffic dropped while Twitter traffic spiked (along with a bounce in traffic for Flickr and other social sites). Eschewing their habitual seeking of a-temporal information in a time of excitement, people reached out to each other.

*Hair: I, for one, love Kanye West’s black mullet (or “blullet”). But then again, I’m bald. FOREVER.

*Artwork: Putting Ad Rock in religious art isn’t blasphemy, it’s business. And blasphemy. Probably. Technically. (Works of art that include the Beastie Boys.) [hinto]

*Lists: JamsBio lists The Beatles’ songs from worst to best.

*Criticism: Pitchfork gives Bon Iver’s new Blood Bank EP a 7.9. (I am typing this with 8 fingers.)

*Twitter: Cursebird offers potty mouths a real-time look at all the swearing that’s happening on Twitter. Right now, fuck is winning. FUCK IS WINNING!!!!! (Here is my personal swearing graph.) [poploser]

*Earnings: Apple reports record earnings for its most recent quarter. iPods kill, though the iPhone was a tad ill. And by that I mean that sales did not meet expectations.

*Covers: Bonny “Prince” Billy covers Danzig’s “Am I Demon.” [cameronr]

Off-topic video: Wingsuit base jumping on Vimeo

This isn’t about music, I don’t base jump, and I am an idiot. However, I want a wingsuit.

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[hinto]

Video: Bars & Tones

SIMPLE AND MESMERIZING. Watch it before you have another stress-induced heart attack. (The music is by Penguin Cafe Orchestra.)

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[laughing squid]

Links for 1.19.09: Podcasts, smash shacks and eating paste

*Podcasts: Whether you adore or deplore Hipster Runoff’s schtick, you’ll be able to tell just by listening that their new podcast is lovingly crafted. To wit: “You might know Hype Machine as a place where people go to steal MP3s slash find them on blogs.” Please give it a chance.

*Instruments: Yo-Yo Ma will be playing a CARBON-FIBER cello tomorrow. WHAT YEAR IS THIS, 3080?!?!?

*Fashion: Run DC, a t-shirt in the style of Run-DMC. [It was on BB, but what the hell?]

*Stress: Over on the Twin Cities Business blog, WHICH RUNS A DISGUSTING IMAGE OF MY LOATHSOME FACE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, there’s an article we wrote about Sarah’s Smash Shack, a place that charges people to come in and smash things in order to relieve their stress. Discounts for senior citizens.

*Lists: Paste magazine tells us which albums we should consider getting excited about in 2009. Said list includes “Condo Fucks.” What? (Admission: I used to eat paste as a child.) [earfarm]

*Local: For the finest in music created by people this blogger works with, may I refer you to Hyder Ali? New music to download here.