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Tech / tunes links 8.5.07 – Back with my brand-new invention

*The Times Online reports on Sellaband and SlicethePie: two quasi-futures markets for new music. Fans put down real money, helping to back a band who has uploaded demos, and can then get returns on their investments if the groups gain popularity and start selling well. Somebody’s ready to start crowdsourcing the money men now, it seems.
*As hotels have been doing for years (W Hotels have been creating, and even selling, special mixes for a long time), for-sale condos are starting to carefully tailor their soundtracks.
*Top 10 covers of videogame songs on YouTube.
*Guitar Hero III’s 11 new tracks announced; they include the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Suck My Kiss” and Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast.”
*The WSJ reports on mp3 collections, individualism, and identity within the institution of marriage. (Also at issue: whether newlyweds should combine their blogs.)
*Prospect magazine on the economics of modern music. (Where selling CDs at your concert can cannibalise your t-shirt sales and destroy profits.)

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Vintage audio video

The Monkees’ “I Wanna Be Free” on Colgems cardboard.

Yes, everyone, a cardboard record (which came in a cereal box back in the day).

CEREAL BOX AS DISTRIBUTION METHOD FOR FREE MUSIC? How can we feel soothed when such measures – which, if they were true, would subvert the dominant paradigm and possibly overthrow an industry – are afoot?

Tech / Tunes links 7.25.07 – Stinking of hair dye and ammonia

*Apparently, the iPhone really did suck: Although analysts were guessing that up to 700k iPhones had sold in the first few days, only 146k were actually bought. That’s still a lot of super-expensive phones. [via]
*A Burger King promo is offering DRM-free downloads from EMI’s catalog. [via]
*List of the day: The 10 Most Creative Music Lists (includes Top 10 Hangover Songs and 10 Worst Celebrity Bands). Someday, I would like to have a blog that consists only of lists of lists.
*The Prince and the Paper: Lots of talk these days about how newspapers should leverage one of their few remaining competencies – their meatspace distribution network. RE: Prince, LA Observed on papers delivering music.
*British gov keeps its copyright cap at 50 years instead of pushing it to 95. Roger Daltry is steamed. [via]
*Bonus list (but not a list of a list): Top Ten Classical Music Samples in Hip-Hop (Kelis and Luda rocking Big Moz.)
*The fireTunes Firefox extension allows you to send songs to Facebook friends. (Blown product naming opportunity – no FireFace?)
*Yo! Indie Rock Raps: Turning dirty Akon songs into My Chemical Romance-esque teen anthems. [via]

Last.fm stat fun: MoneyCalc

New from the Last.fm stats group, the MoneyCalc tool calculates (using Amazon prices) the current cost of a user’s top 50 albums.

(My total: $611 – with a bunch of unavailables.)

What does it mean? No idea! Though it makes sense that most users’ top 50 albums end up costing around $700.

More links, more music, less tech.

*I really will get Music 2.0-y again. Soon.
*Country dude Brad Paisley = MySpace geek. (What is Jason Alexander doing, anyway?) [via]
*The Beatles: All mashed up. Photoshopping the Fab Four into anachronistic situations.
*More Beatles, more covers: Cheap Trick to perform Sgt. Pepper album in concert. (Yuck.) [via]
*There’s going to be a Big Lebowski sequel???? [via]
*Hotel lobby music: These are the people who pick it. (A six-person consultancy that is projecting $2M+ in revenue for 2007!)
*A straggling list: 77 unforgettable movie songs. Nicely YouTubed! Wayne’s World at #1, though? [via]
*The album is dead? AC/DC’s 1980 album “Back in Black” sold 440,000 copies last year.