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Category: guitar hero

Links for 9.12.07: Apple ringtones, beer speakers, Mickey Mouse metal + more

*Read: a Financial Times interview with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

*Listening Post and Hypebot on Earvolution’s bid to move from an MP3 blog to a record label.

*Activision reports that they’ve sold 650k song packs of Guitar Hero II in the past five months. [Digital Music News]

*The White Stripes are cancelling their tour due to Meg’s “acute anxiety.” [Peefork]

*Daring Fireball on the Apple ringtone dumbness. On the other hand, the iPhone price cut tripled phone sales.

*PEOPLE: Speakers that look like Heineken crates. Mmmmm…Surly.

*Does Mickey Mouse hate heavy metal? [Pop Candy]

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).

Tech / tunes links 8.19.07 – Just a thing or two

*The Rock Lighter page, for use at concerts with your internet-enabled phone. Seems like there are now dozens of digi-versions of these. [via]
*I’m not usually one for indiscriminate podcast consumption, but GigaOm interviews Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser.
*A few days ago Salon ran a piece on how Guitar Hero is bringing back guitar music. Now, the New York Times is weighing in on how it thinks the videogame is changing aspiring musicians’ enthusiasms and aspirations.
*Perfect for any baby shower: An album of lullaby covers of Rolling Stones songs such as “Brown Sugar” and “Mother’s Little Helper.”
*Musical beards: Huh. Rob Zombie is directing the next movie in the Halloween franchise.
*Manu Chao exclusive performance on IFC, but unfortunately for the little Dude, the song’s not “Bongo Bong.”
*Superbly named blog Green Pea-Ness argues that the Nintendo DS game Elite Beat Agents is “the single most devastatingly accomplished work of pop-art criticism since Orson Welles’ F For Fake, albeit probably completely inadvertantly.”

Links: SO DRAB

*“How Guitar Hero Saved Guitar Music” on Machinist. [via]
*Nerd heaven: Via Mashable, YuDoMagic is a video aggregating site for magicians. AWESOME.
*Musicane has a widget that sells DRM-free music from…yes…uh huh…innovatively punctuated Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am. What’s interesting (in addition to this being the Black Eyed Peas) is that they’re doing revenue sharing for bloggers and soc-netters who embed the widget on their sites and sell music. Love it: Expect to see a Will.I.Am ListeNerd widget within days. [via]

Tech / tunes links 8.7.07 – Drowned in a dirty old pan of oil

*Microsoft wins mp3 patent case, throwing out a lower court’s jury verdict. This means you can keep listening to mp3s.
*To that end, we can begin inculcating the next generation: an mp3 player for the 0-3 set.
*SoundExchange (the peeps who collect online radio royalties) was caught funding political activities – which they’re not really allowed to do.
*Pitchfork and M.I.A. squabbling! Could not be anything but annoying.
*Amusing slide show of artists responsible for the 90s’ worst songs. Included are Billy Ray Cyrus (father of Hannah Montana!), Limp Bizkit and Hootie and the Blowfish.
*Wired helps undergrads learn the do’s and don’t’s of filesharing. One of their tips: “bribe the existing nerd ringleaders.”
*Top 100 country songs. Old school.
*Nerd hack of the day: Guitar Hero axe made out of Legos. Oooh, plus the air guitar wristband. And more nerd music mashing: A Commodore media player.
*Dylan covers from the likes of Sufjan Stevens on the way? Speculation on the double-disc soundtrack to forthcoming Todd Haynes Dylan biopic “I’m Not There.”
*Dell buys Zing, the company that provides the platform for the Sansa Connect mobile music player.
*Josh Spear thinks the iPhone sucks.

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.)

Tech / Tunes links 7.16.07 – The Non-Talibeard Edition

*The internet radio royalty compromise requires mandatory DRM for net broadcasters? [via] Also: A handy FAQ on the ‘net broadcasting question from Digital Music News.
*Deathwatch on ringtone revenues – single-digit gains projected over the next few years, and a drop by 2011. (There’s better, and better priced, mobile content out there now, including video, real songs, casual and non-casual games, etc.) [via]
*The Association for Downloadable Media – Apple and a bunch of podcasters; trying to figure out how to make money from podcasting. [via]
*The Beastie Boys enforced a late-1950s office dress code while at work on their latest album, The Mix-Up. They did, however, have casual Fridays. But you had to wear super old-school sneeks. No lie.
*The Guitar Hero-at-the-bar phenomenon continues. Just wait for Rock Band to roll out.
*The WSJ on Iraqi pop music: “The most recent addition to the Iraqi pop scene is Akhlad Raouf, who sings about power outages, fuel shortages and paying bribes, often using the music of Western performers for tongue-in-cheek effect.”
*Forbes on the power of music pickers for television shows like Grey’s Anatomy.
*Gizmodo shows how to control iTunes from your iPhone.
*Google patent: listening to you and the ambient noise around you, then guessing what you’ll search for. Cool? Freaky?

Tech / Tunes links 7.13.07 – My Heart Will Go On

*Net Radio gets a stay of execution. New internet radio rates won’t be enforced until a deal is reached. [via]
*Local blog Culture Bully points toward the five best music videos featuring puppets. Land of Confusion = #3? COME ON.
*Good Magazine presents Linguistic Appropriation – a mix list of songs in which “the speaker wrestles with a foreign language in one way or another.” One that I love, but didn’t make the list: Swede-popper Jens Lekman singing of a lost love: “She said it was ‘all make believe,’ but I thought she said ‘maple leaves.'”
*Videogame publishers bring the noise: Investors.com points out the proliferation of music-based videogames, as seen at this year’s (mini) E3. What’s out there or coming? SingStar, Rock Band, the Guitar Hero series, etc. And soon, a music video game for the Wii called Boogie, a party game for the Wii from Konami, and for the Nintendo DS, a game called Jam Sessions. RELATED: Accordian Hero III! [via]
*The New York Times on Boomers and their hearing loss. 1 in 6 Boomers can’t hear very well.
*mocoNews gives a round up of a Mobile Music Now! mini-conference. Upshot: Old people (25-44) are the ones who pay for mobile music and tech.
*Daring Fireball roams with his iPhone, noting neighborhood WiFi networks. Some: Notorious BTG, SnazzyPants.

Gamespot grabs video of Rock Band

The forthcoming band game (like a next-gen Guitar Hero) that will have video game drums, and mic, in addition to guitar. Gamers will be able to form your band with virtual musicians in remote locations. [via]

Tech / tunes links 6.28.07 – Toad the Wet Sprocket Edition

*Privatunes turns DRM-free songs with user info embedded (like the EMI iTunes tracks) into anonymous files. [via]
*MORE ad-supported tunes from Qtrax. 4 labels signed, 30 million tunes and an October launch. And you have to listen to ads to hear songs. Right.
*Guitar Hero II showdown between David Cross and the Dinosaur Jr. guitarist. [via]
*You know Babelgum? The wanabbe Joost (nee The Venice Project)? Television’s non-television future? That thing? Well, Bablegum’s partenered with Baeble Music (a live concert site) to offer up indie-rock concert footage to its users. [via]
*The Guardian on ringtones and the threats of sideloading (uploading your own mp3s or whatevs and setting them as your ringtone). I have a T-mobile contract and a retarded Samsung phone that prevents sideloading by only allowing DRM’d songs (of a certain type) to be set as the ringtone.
*The BBC iPlayer will launch four months ahead of schedule, at the end of July. [via]
*The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones on R. Kelly: “Many people facing serious criminal charges related to sexual conduct would not include a song called “Sex Planet” on their CD, or, if they did, would probably omit the line about a ‘trip to planet Uranus.'”
*JupiterResearch says that 30M Americans will have music phones by the end of 2007, but that no one is listening to music on them. [via]
*Still checking out Soundpedia. Am hoping to have a better read on it in the next couple days.

Watch your back, Lil Poison

In addition to watching phonographs rotate, I enjoy watching people shred on Guitar Hero. An 8-year-old: