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Month: July, 2010

Video: Ken Nordine’s “What Time Is It”

From 1972.

Video: The sounds of things breaking

Synthesized breaking noises are almost as soothing to listen to as real breaking things.

Video: Ron Livingston cat

As an unabashed fan of Keyboard Cat, I have to post this. Well played, Ron Livingston. Especially the 26th second.

Video: The Internet Animal Orchestra

I don’t know if I would consider this an official orchestra.

Video: The human xylophone

I recommend you watch this video, if only for the following quote:

“About five years ago I was in my backyard, entertaining a friend with my hands.”

The man is a talent, with a charming speaking affect.


Video: NXT-606 – A Lego drum machine

For all your drum machine needs. Also, super weird and oddly compelling accent.


Video: Rain-soaked street corner breakdancing

Is it still called breakdancing? Whatever it is, I need to work on it. After my long-standing Charleston injury heals.


NEWS EVENT: Kings of Leon’s bassist’s mouth shit in by a bird

Last night’s Kings of Leon concert in St. Louis ended after only three songs when a bird shit in Jared Followill’s mouth. The bird was said to have been a pigeon and Jared Followill is said to be the bassist of this band, who you may know for singing “Sex on Fire.”

This incident will most probably be incorporated into listenerd headlines for years to come, much the same as when The Dave Matthews Band’s tour bus dumped human waste on an unsuspecting passerby or The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie urinated herself on stage.

Video: Ben Folds is wearing a hoodie again

The human side of your favorite (or at least in your top 10) improvisational piano player. How great was Mark Russell, by the way? Or at least Phil Hartman’s portrayal of a Mark Russell-like character on News Radio like 15 years ago?

Video: Between plot and memory

Look: This started a long time ago, with me trying to explain the plot of “The Brothers Karamazov,” a book that might be considered my favorite. Despite having read it, having talked about it extensively, and having thought back on it often, my ability to fully recall and distill the plot yielded a strange, even misshapen landscape – it’s all killer half-brothers, pale Ivans, stinky monks and wisps of tow – that bore little resemblance to the practical, rational Cliff’s Notes write-up for the book.

Anyway, I’m playing with a sort of video/brain experiment about the spaces between literary works (or any art, really) and people’s memories and distillation of those works. Tentatively called between plot and memory. I’m not sure how far I’ll continue with it, but I’ll write a fuller explanation of the ideas behind it at some point.

This one is me talking (I mean, fair is fair); the other vids up aren’t me (whew). I have a few more to put up at some point.

Maybe that’s just a fat kid, actually.” Anyway, a few more on the tumblr.

Links for 7.19.10: No tips for anything useful. Not even better abs.

*Communication and rumination: Alain de Botton writes about a religion for atheists, courtesy of Auguste Comte. Funny thing: I have become addicted to M. de Botton’s writings through TWITTER of all things.

*Theatre: If you are in Portland, perhaps you should go to Trek in the Park. Saturdays and Sundays in July. My science fiction knowledge is minimal, but I do know this: Never trust a woman in a jumpsuit. Or a man. Or a Ferengi (sp?).

*Television: AdverLab asks if Mad Men’s ceilings are too modern. It’s all crumbling. All around us. All of it.

*Things Southern: The University of Virginia offers you anything and everything you ever wanted to consume relating to William Faulkner.

*Planet Earth: In this interview, Bill Murray’s essence is distilled. On Garfield and Joel Coen. Or Cohen. [vulture]

*Pastries: Butch Bakery – Cupcakes. For men. (SFW.) WHAT? Really; it’s safe. These aren’t those bachelorette penis pastries. If you were wondering. [neatorama]

*Other World Problems: Typically, the hazards of modern – often American – consumer society are called “Third-World Problems.” Bad iPhone reception. Netflix on-demand won’t work in Chrome. You know? But robots that will be your buddy on a tandem bike? I don’t know what kind of problems they solve.

*Unconsumed: Rob Walker explains the internet and ROFL culture. Sometimes, we are laughing at the wrong things. Or in the case of listenerd readers, not laughing at all.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: An iPad mellotron

The Mellotronics M3000 HD.


Video: GAYNGS’ “The Gaudy Side of Town”

At Minneapolis’ First Ave nightclub.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Video: Justin Bieber and Spaghetti Cat

Flying in a helium balloon. An idea. By Parry Gripp.