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Month: January, 2010

Video: Shorewood (WA) High School’s Lip Dub

In REVERSE. Now my mind is boggling at high school lip dubs? God, you have forsaken me.

Video: A song made from camera sounds

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From This Is Central Station.

Video: A phonograph spinning rousingly

This video of a phonograph playing music is more rousing than it is soothing. Sorry for the curveball.

Links for 1.30.10: 21 Tips for Better Abs

*Related: This is a remix of my smug-faced, emotional (emotionless?) doppelganger, Dexter, doing a voiceover for a Dodge commercial. Creepy, sure. But is it creepy ENOUGH?

*Music: The National’s Matt Berninger talks to Pitchfork about his band’s forthcoming album. Pitchfork? Really? Next thing you tell me is that he’ll only marry New Yorker literary editors. Harumph.

*Human Relations: This resume from Leonardo da Vinci has been going around, but I would love to see more famous people’s CVs. Or linked in profiles.

*Local: Coolio has come to town to talk about food and love. “Finest bitch I ever touched in my life, before 35 [years-old], is here — light skin, long hair, green eyes, bad as a mother [expletive].” Huh. [the daily swarm]

*Research: Synovate did a music survey, talking to 8k adults in 13 countries. Guess what: people like music.

*Design: Vankho does a cool graphic interpretation of a news headline every day. I recommend poking around.

*Business: The Wall Street Journal explains Lady Gaga. Finally, the world is starting to make sense as the country’s foremost source for financial news explains the grotesqueries of pop music. “In fact, much of Gaga’s audience got her music for free, and legally. They have listened to free streams—by the hundreds of millions—on YouTube and the other online services that Gaga currently leads, according to research firm BigChampagne.”

*Photos: Peruse this gallery of literary drunks and addicts. Believe it or not, it isn’t one of my college-era Facebook photo albums. [coudal]

*Literature: The New Yorker opened up its archive of J.D. Salinger writings. I dislike the word writings. Not as much as I dislike learnings. But still, I have negative feelings toward it.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Dumbfoundead’s Jam Session 2.0

A geographically diverse virtual jam session for the new millennium.

Links for 1.26.09: 20 Tips for Better Abs

*Quote: “Do you ever wish you woke up in the hospital? All your loved ones would be there, and a doctor would look down at you with a serious expression and say, “You were in a very serious accident, and unfortunately we had to make several major amputations.” – I highly recommend reading on. “Hospital,” Edith Zimmerman [golden fiddle]

*Quote: “The person who wrote the advertisements is without doubt the most ignorant person now alive on the planet; also without doubt he is an idiot, an idiot of the 33rd degree, and scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link.” – Mark Twain, in an angry letter directed toward a patent medicine salesman.

*Science: Japanese scientists have invented “elastic water,” a combination of H20, clay and “organic matter.” It looks like a clearish gummy bear, but probably tastes better.

*Fashion: Junior Massive t-shirts incorporate the iconography of vinyl records. [notcot]

*Cinema: The BBC will be airing a film shot entirely by chimpanzees. “The apes created the movie using a specially designed chimp-proof camera given to them by primatologists.” Apparently, they also created their own language – Chimpanzese. Suck it, Cameron. [eyeteeth]

*Economy: The Washington Post has put together an interactive map of unemployment rates by county.

*Music: Bandcamp’s BCWax is a music “unlabel,” based on “dogfooding.” I prefer my made up words without quotes, but it sounds pretty interesting. [waxy]

*Posters: These concept movie posters have been floating around, but if you haven’t seen them, they are lovely. Especially Star Wars. (And I’m not really even much of a Star Wars fan.)

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Spoon’s “Beast and Dragon”

For the Current. In studio.

Links for 1.25.10: 19 Tips for Better Abs

*Update: It has recently (online and off) been asked – “What is happening to this blog?” I feel like I should address this question in the form of a listicle (the true essence of the “blog” format): 1) What has been happening is simple, inevitable change.

2) To wit: I’m reminded of a passage from a Randall Jarrell lecture on Wallace Stevens (though you have to connect some dots to understand how the Marx reference gets back to Stevens – and then again to get to our present situation): “When Marx said that he wasn’t a Marxist he meant, I suppose, that he himself was not one of his own followers, could not be taken in by the prolongation and simplification of his own beliefs.” That statement is sorta about art and politics, but it’s more importantly about being an active, thinking, creating human being. It is the healthy delta between creator and consumer. Note: I do not like the listenerd.

3) I have been Tumbling more. (My twitter account, meanwhile, has felt creatively desiccated.)

I have been deciding in which social media bucket to put what kind of interesting, shareable tidbit (tumblr, here, twitter, etc.) entirely by feel. I freely admit that I have probably been doing it wrong. Additionally, my creative output at work has dwindled probably to the hundreds of words weekly. In short, I’m getting old. Fuckers.

*Article: Here’s the kind of thing I used to link to more frequently: The Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger has been Okayed! Hooray! Wait.

*Literature: “Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge” is a literary essay delivered through the medium of a Google map. It is excellent. Like, “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski” excellent. That’s high praise around here. [shorties]

*Data: Feltron has released his annual report for 2009. (As I have mentioned many times previously, Mr. Felton helped us out by recording a video for my day job, and I have always enjoyed his reports.)

*Obesity: Thinner Whole Foods employees (or at least those with lower BMIs) will get better discounts? If I keep going at the rate I’m going, my employee discount would quickly be at 110% retail price. But first I’d have to get a job at Whole Foods. A job for which I would be wholly unqualified.

*Fisticuffs: Apparently, there was a brawl at the TC Hip-Hop Awards at First Ave.

*Bands: Gabba is a British cover band that does Abba and the Ramones. I like the idea of walking mashups. [spinner]

*Hip-hop: Flavorwire does a round-up of Understand Rap explanations from Blueprint 3. I’m inclined to enjoy explanations of lyrics, though I cannot explain why. Also, I would love to see a Hopelandic explanation site. [the pocketdialed reader]

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Fear the Boom and Bust

A long economist rap battle. With fake moustaches. Did I sell that enough?


Video: Ken Nordine’s “Gullible Dream”

Video: Symphony Brass (Buttocks)

In seeking to understand what this is about, I have given up.


Video: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s Bird Guitars


Video: Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion


Video: Skynet Symphonic – sounds from Terminator 2

This video was made entirely from sounds taken from the movie “Terminator 2.” I don’t remember if I saw that one, unless it was the one where Schwarzenegger drops all those roses and starts shooting a gun. In that case, I saw parts of it, but was generally unimpressed.