the listenerd

optimized for maximum incontinence

Month: March, 2010

Video: Iron and Wine’s “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car”

Links for 3.28.10: 48 Tips for Better Abs and more delicious forelocks

*Traffic: Could the answer to urban traffic and environmental problems be better iPhones? (It’s funny to type the phrase “better iPhones.”) [marginal revolution]

*Images: Stare contentedly for hours at these animated gifs of popular rappers. This is as mesmerizing as a thousand spinning phonographs. [tobs]

*Sound: Apropos of the bonsai music video I put up in the last post, check out these Curious Sound Objects. [murketing]

*Letters: J.D. Salinger writing to Ernest Hemingway, 1946 – “How is your novel coming? I hope you’re working on it. Don’t sell it to the movies. You’re a rich guy.” [artsbeat]

*Mashups: Wait What has mashed up one part Biggie Smalls (now deceased) with one part xx. I enjoyed listening to it. And I, too, used to read Word Up magazine.

*Online: Read this illustrated list of the 500 worst passwords. [coudal]

*Local: I don’t care much to comment about local journalism (or any journalism – or “media,” at least news media), but I did very much enjoy this back and forth between Ed Kohler (and readers) and public radio person Bob Collins. Damn the syntax: Team The Deets. Also, I once heard a few minutes of banter between Bob Collins and Mary Lucia on the radio. Once.

*Related: I have made a solemn vow to myself never again to link to a TechCrunch article, so I’ll link to this brief Fred Wilson commentary on a Michael Arrington post that posits that we’re living in a post-reputation world. At my day job, I’ve long argued that what has recently (over the last 2-3 years) emerged is what I call the notion of “undue diligence.” It’s the idea that due to the increasing half-life of data, there is and will be weird comments or content (keg stands pics and the like) attached to most people, but that the greater social transgression is now shifting to those who (except in the case of public figures) dig up those ephemera. Like going through the trash of someone you have an upcoming date with. I’ll stop myself before I get long-winded. (For free.)

*Art: The one thing I miss about tumblr is how easy it was to steal and recontextualize images and art. I am now lacking in the visual.

*Today’s links: F. It’s been a hard week. But that isn’t ever an excuse.

Video: Music from a bonsai by Diego Stocco


Video: Chatroulette Piano Improv #2!

This video has 302 viewings as of this posting. And it is VERY good.

Links for 3.24.10: 82 Tips for Better Abs and More Glorious Auroras

*Music: Wait. A music item? On the listenerd? Isn’t this a blog that has lost its way? Hasn’t it become more an exploration in mind mapping than it is an obsessive, in-depth devotion to a tiny niche that the beautiful pundits prescribe? YES. However, here is “The Gaudy Side of Town,” a single by GAYNGS courtesy of The Current. Also, you could track down the super dirty smooth jazz mini-video for this song, if that’s the way your mind operates. [chuckles]

*The Loo: The Sexual Politics of Toilets – “The great toilet divide, like so much else in the land of liberty, comes down to money and class.”

*Networking: PSFK finds some business cards that ARE turntables from Cardonizer.

*Eating: This site will allow you to track your recent McRib sightings. [harper’s]

*Writing: The best headline I have read in a week – “Dog Testicle Tickle Party.”

*Food: Local gastronomes! We have purchased a half-share from the Wisconsin CSA known as Eener’s Farm. I imagine that decades from now, this will seem amusing, like an avocado refrigerator. HOWEVER. I need to now learn how to make soup. Local gastronomes! How much do you love this shirt? (You should look at it.)

*Links: I don’t link to Idolator anymore. Do I? I don’t link to a lot of things. Don’t take it to mean anything. Unless you can figure out what it means.

*Today’s links: F. I don’t know what glorious auroras are.

Video: Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque”

This is a virtual choir, made up of 185 YouTube singer-contributors.

YouTubian Chant.

Video: A talking plastic bag

By Futurestates. Voiceover by Werner Herzog. I recommend watching this video.

Video: A phonograph playing in a soothing manner

I find this to be soothing, despite a somewhat abrasive tone. It’s probably the spinning.

Links for 3.22.10: 66 Tips for Better Abs and Shinier Glands

*Pictures: These 1:12 scale foods are incredible. I want to roll them up into one hamburger-sized ball and chew them to pieces with my mouth open. [mefi]

*Books: My 23-year-old self would have dropped dead of awe upon seeing these cigarette pack-shaped books. [urlesque]

*Writing: In Tristes Tropiques Claude Levi-Strauss wrote – “My hypothesis, if correct, would oblige us to recognize the fact that the primary function of written communication is to facilitate slavery.” WHOA. READ THAT LINK. AND READ THAT QUOTE AGAIN. I have much more to say on this matter, but I must first gather my thoughts. If you have a single curious bone in your body, I recommend reading the above. If you do NOT have a curious bone in your body, you are asked to leave this blog immediately and requested never to return. EVER.

*More: The Replacements’ Paul Westerberg writes about Alex Chilton in the New York Times. “Because we were musicians, our talk inevitably turned toward women.”

*Politics: With health care reform having passed a major hurdle, some hope Obama will turn his sights on finance reform next.

*Tabasco: There is a truck that is FILLED with recipes made with TABASCO. Side note: I gave my father a one-gallon jug of Tabasco for Christmas. It is considered the strangest family gift since I gave my sister-in-law a fake crow for her birthday. [notcot via pocketdialed]

*Twitter: I started a work account on Twitter. It is where I act like a more upstanding citizen than on my usual account. Read these four things.

*Local: Is Grain Belt’s new Nordeast beer an early April Fool’s joke, or the most amusing beer name in recent history?

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 3.18.10: 91 Tips for Better Abs and a Sleeker Coat

*Phonographs: I used to post a lot more stuff about phonographs around here. Maybe I will again someday. Then I won’t. Then I will again. The circle of life. Here’s a cardboard phonograph from audio company GGRP. [notcot] Also: If you would like a few tips on how to clean your vinyl, click here. None of that previous sentence was a euphemism, though if you read it just so, it will sound like one. Or several. [coudal]

*Obits: Alex Chilton died. Here’s an obit with a soundtrack.

*Writing: Joel Johnson writes about the cloud like nobody writes about the cloud. Read about the cloud. And other, more important things. This is what we should be doing.

*Seeing: Use this to create photo mosaics of your favorite tumblrs. (On a somewhat related note, I deleted my tumblr. Because I was bad at tumbling. These things happen.) [mktg]

*Art: I don’t really know what Screened Calls and Slow Portraits is, but it sounds fucking ARTSY. In a good way. “Using Skype as a medium for generating temporally destructive portraits and self-portraits, Hallier redefines portraiture for the digital age.” [c-monster]

*Food: Somehow, in Minneapolis, we here are fighting TO GET street food. This may be the first time I’ve linked to a stub that contains a PDF of public meeting minutes. Are you there, Digg? It’s me. Echo.

*Festivals: The SXSW music festival keeps getting bigger, but the stakes for musicians keep getting smaller. You may not know this, but I’ve never been there, and I’m now too old to go.

*Packaging: Packaging blog, The Dieline found beer cans that look like lingerie. Not safe for work. If you can’t look at beer cans that look like lingerie at work.

*Today’s links: F.

Audio: Ballroom Jeans radio spot

I have posted information about Ballroom Jeans’ television spots and billboard campaign, but I have been remiss in not addressing their radio campaign. (For those of you not familiar with the product, it is SUPPOSEDLY a pair of jeans that makes it more comfortable to crouch.) I therefore link to said now. For your testicular comfort.

Links for 3.16.10: 90 Tips for Better Abs and/or Glutes

*People: “We should, I believe, be judged by our compromises more than by our ideals and our norms. Ideals may tell us something important about what we would like to be. But compromises tell us who we are.” – Avishai Margalit

*Sperm: I am sending you to the official site for Sizing Up Sperm, a television show that will put the scope of the human reproductive system into context. It includes photographs of people dressed like sperm. Which is weird.

*Butchery: Have you ever wanted a pillow that looks like it was made out of meat? Let me rephrase that: Have you ever NOT wanted ANYTHING that looked like it was made out of meat? [eatmedaily is back!]

*Bottles: Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s new album, “The Wonder Show of the World,” is being marketed via bottle stoppers that look like a BALD Bonny “Prince” Billy. I have a soft spot for bald guys. ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD.

*Bands: Flavorwire looks at the intersection of food and bands – Vampire Weekend’s House of Horchata and Aranciata. I’ll be frank; if McSweeney’s had done this, it would have been tighter. [eat me daily again. Damn.]

*Music: eMusic has added music from the Sub Pop label to its site. If they had done this five years ago (and not raised prices and limited downloads), I might still be a customer! (Odds are very low that I would still be a customer.)

*Sleep: Motel 6’s “Rock Yourself to Sleep” campaign, which puts up indie bands on tour, has two open slots for 6 weeks of free lodging for musicians on tour. [hypebot]

*Blogging: My arch-nemesis, Susan Orlean, has started a blog. For her blog-sized ideas. For her blog-sized ideas. For her blog-sized ideas.

*Writing: Norman Maclean writes a rejection letter to publisher Alfred A. Knopf, who earlier had rejected him: “I can now only weakly say this: if the situation ever arose when Alfred A. Knopf was the only publishing house remaining in the world and I was the sole remaining author, that would mark the end of the world of books.” [coudal]

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Pomplamoose’s “Telephone” cover

Everybody’s favorite internet phenoms, Pomplamoose, covers Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.”

Video: Chalroulette Piano Improv

Chalroulette is still terrifying.