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Category: fergie

Links for 9.20.07: Fergie’s earwear, the new DRM, black mead +

*Slacker finalizes licensing agreements with EMI, Warner, Universal. [Digital Music News]

*Hype Machine asks its users how they discover music. The results here (spoiler: still editorial!). [hypebot] Related: Mashable’s 50 links for discovering music.

*Remember that idea about scraping legit content (like youtube vids…well, some YouTube music videos) in order to to get around licensing hassles? FIQL’s doing it now, too. (Is that pronounced “fecal?”)

Says TechCrunch: “They figured out a brilliant, if somewhat obvious, end-around to copyright laws that restrict them from playing music outright: music videos hosted on third party video sites like YouTube.”

*eMusic Remote helps users manage tracks. Good enough, but I’ve said it before: Ownership is the new DRM. Managing and storing files sucks.

*Gadget watch: Fergie’s wearing a new Bluetooth headset in her “Big Girl’s Don’t Cry” video. Heh. [Geek Sugar]

*Yeah, Chris Crocker signed a TV deal. Seth Green has to be pissed.

*Reminder: Don’t drink black mead if you have any choice in the matter.

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Links for 9.9.07: Fergie’s hummer, Habbo Hotel, the iDrink + more

*BoingBoing points to a blog post by a music reviewer who got an earful after his watermarked promo CD went up on a P2P.
*The NYT covers “Across the Universe,” the forthcoming cinematic rocke-era about the Beatles. I posted a clip of the execrable Bono pyschedilically singing in it previously. Also: have I mentioned that I hate Bono?
*If you didn’t know: Habbo Hotel is HUGE. The virtual world has 6.5 million active users. Also: the importance of being a “gameless game.”
*Listenerd fave Fergie is going green and selling her 2005 H2 Hummer. The $$ will go to Global Green USA. Bidding is currently at $61k. Watch those seats, though!
*The iDrink brings iPod style to alcohol consumption. [Shiny Shiny]
*The Times on marching bands.

The execrable local: The Pees + Fergaliciousness

This anti-Fergie blogger is now dead to me. I have tried to take pity on anyone who works at Mpls / St. Paul in the past, but this transgression – this fundamental misunderstanding of Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas and pop culture in general – is too much to bear.

In other mildly boring execrable local news:
*Metroblogging Minneapolis hates MNSpeak.
*I like mediation.
*Eyeteeth says a blog is an application. Heh.
*I never read the Rake.
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Tech / tunes links 8.26.07 – Ferganomics

*The execrable local: Read this pitch-perfect review of the Fergie show at the Minnesota State Fair. I ate some sunflower honey ice cream & some french fries.
*Who is Tom Hannu? He is a robot that plays Guitar Hero.
*Just a little patience: The Boston Globe writes about the resurgence of whistle rock. Can we please get a SingStar-meets-Guitar Hero whistle-along game made asap? [via]
*The internet: Still dead and boring.
*Murdoch’s Journal: LOLing all the way to the bank(z).

The Black Eyed Pees: Fergie takes the State

As every Minneapolitan with a Black Eyed Peas fan club membership card knows, Fergie Ferg is bringing her distinctive, pants-peeing brand of Fergalicious pop music to the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Saturday at 7:30.

I have largely refrained from local media and local blogger criticism to this point, as it is anathema to write negatively about music writers in this particular locality (especially those who cover the execrable local scene). But a certain article now requires me to say something I have long wanted to say: THE WRITERS OF SAID ARTICLE SMELL LIKE FUNK, AND THEIR ODOR IS NOT LIMITED TO THIS PARTICULAR CASE AND/OR OFFENSE.

While I would normally rebut their points one-by-one (including urging them to carefully examine the veracity of their first statement), I have chosen not to do so in this instance, since it is manifest that the authors do not, and perhaps cannot, understand the concept of living social satire.

Thank you.

Additionally: THIS is why Yahoo! Answers made total pwnage of Google Answers. The ListeNerd! Answers offers up one more option for our wayward Peas fan.

Glamorous, Harry Potter style

Fergie Ferg’s “Glamorous,” as interpreted by a Harry Potter enthusiast / maker of fan videos.

Apparently, Harry Potter fanfickers are not only prolific, but sometimes entertaining, as well (Cat Power!).

Animatronic band update: Now with 100% more pants-peeing

Great news on the animatronic band front: Having yesterday highlighted a Chuck E. Cheese band modded to play hip-hop, it has today come to our attention that said band has also been known to cover tunes that are a bit more Fergalicious.

But can it be modded for onstage incontinence? What follows is Fergie’s “London Bridge.”

Tech / Tunes links 7.31.07 – With imperfect knowledge of my own velocity

*Bee mystery clearing up? Not music, not tech, but a pet issue of mine nonetheless. Seriously; terrified. (Upshot: It might be a virus brought in by imported bees. Wohoo!) Everyone can start using those cellphones again.
*Incredibly awesome Chuck E. Cheese mod. Chuck’s animatronic band The Rockafire Explosion performs hip-hop opus “Ms. New Booty.” Must see. [via]
*The eMusic / AT&T partnership we mentioned yesterday is the real deal.
*Analyst says Google’s working on predictive search for mobile devices. (Anticipation engines!). Also 11% of Google innovation since 1999 has been telco related…
*Feces-dumping bandleader Dave Matthews signs a deal to sell one of his live CDs exclusively through Starbucks. [via] In my mind, the Matthews tour bus incident is on par with Fergie’s pants-peeing – an incidental event (which may not even be true) so inextricably linked with an artist one cannot but think of it whenever one sees or hears that person. I believe that James Hetfield’s London airport Talibeard detention (or non-detention, if Mr. Hetfield is to be believed) is making its way toward that status as well.
*The Execrable Local (kinda): Low does Daytrotter sessions. (Breaker, Violent Past, In Silence, Sandinista)
*Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker on Damon Albarn’s operatic endeavours.