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Links for 9.19.07: Mozart sucks, Slash hates reality TV, SX deals + more

*SoundExchange inks a deal with some small webcasters – but the small internet radio stations would still have to pay a higher royalty rate on artists who aren’t SoundExchange-affiliated. More (and more coherent) commentary at Listening Post.

*Notes on the Future of Music Policy Summit from the WaPo. [Coolfer]

*The A.V. Club interviews Slash. The modest guitarist on reality television: “It has just turned into the lowest form of entertainment. It has become the kind of medium where it’s taken the human condition and exposed it to the point where there’s actually no personality left. It’s just all so commonplace now, and there’s no privacy and no mystique to anything.” [A.V. Club]

*R. Kelly says he can’t explain Trapped in the Closet, calling the project “my alien.” [Rolling Stone via MeFi]

*First Baby Einstein goes out the window, now classical music, too. A recent study says that there’s “no compelling evidence” that listening to classical music will amp kids’ cognitive development. Unless it’s Mozart’s “Leck mich im Arsch.” [Mental Floss via Grooveshark]

*The execrable local: City Pages’ local music issue, Picked to Click, is out. I haven’t read City Pages in probably a year, but I link out of sympathy.

*Hip-hop pop-ups: A brilliant site that plays hip-hop tunes and produces pop-up ads of brands mentioned as they are invoked. [Fimoculous]

*Behold: The iPod Nano embedded in a cassette tape. But has anyone yet embedded a shuffle into a first-gen iPod brick? Hello? [Crave]

Tech / tunes links 8.24.07 – Dipping in batter, drowning in beer

*SoundExchange gave up on trying to DRM stream-ripping out of existence, and made a deal with big internet broadcasters to cap per-channel fees. Still wrangling with smaller broadcasters, though… [via] Internet radio is effing exhausting!
*Followup: the inexplicable mania of 14-year-old YouTube viewers; not only is Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” the most-viewed vid in the music category on YT (with over 50M views), the video now has over 133,000 comments.
*BusinessWeek report: Leveraging your workers’ World of Warcraft skills to up their productivity. [via]
*Vinyl: Whoa. ARG-like games were embedded on records back in the day?
*I posted the trailer for the Joy Division movie Control yesterday; here’s the soundtrack tracklist, from the ever-awesome Playlist.
*What IS the package? R. Kelly’s absurd hip-hopera ended its second season yesterday, and I must say that I was disappointed with a distinct lack of absurdity in story line this time around. Corny acting cannot measure up to corny storytelling. DAMN.
*Live Nation wants to ditch Ticketmaster (and maybe lower concert prices?): the market likes the idea.

Tech / tunes links 8.23.07 – Let’s start with a few questions

*Would you like to wear an iPod on your head? Please do so.
*How musical is a whale? And other zoomusicological questions. [via]
*Ars Technica brings the hate to a recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation that claims music piracy has cost the U.S. economy $12.5B and is inhibiting job growth, calling it a “$13 billion fantasy.”
*Small internet radio broadcasters rejected a SoundExchange royalty rate offer yesterday. [via]
*The Muse’s Muse: A long-running web hub for songwriters. [via]
*uPlayMe, yet another music discovery tool, has taken a new round of VC funding for a few million bucks. [via]
*Sounds like BlogMusik will be going legit. TechCrunch reports that they’ve cleared up their copyright problems and will be offering free streaming, while making their money from eyeballs and affiliate revenue from partners who sell downloads.
*Coolfer reads the boring stuff so you don’t have to: SpiralFrog, which works on a free, ad-supported model in which users have to visit the site and perform tasks on a semi-regular basis in order to keep their music library active (oy) is losing a lot of money.
*Wow, heavy with the dry music 2.0 stuff today. Will try to make it up to you.

Tech / tunes links 8.13.07 – Step 1: Acknowledge you have a problem

*ISPs in the UK are apparently freaking out about the bandwidth that’s going to be eaten up by people using the BBC’s iPlayer.
*David Pogue’s take on internet radio – and internet radios – in the Times.
*The WSJ on the Chinese factory –one of the largest in the world – at which iPhones (and tons of other elecs) are made. With video! And super-droney commentary!
*In honor of Tay Zonday: “Chocolate Radiohead,” courtesy of Ill Doctrine. [via]
*Yesterday was Vinyl Day, in honor of Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph way back in the day, like 400 years ago. If you are interested in the execrable local (which, of course, I mean in the most affectionate way possible), perhaps you will enjoy this Minneapolis vinyl-themed thread.
*What’s on Martin Scorsese’s iPod? Clapton, Van Morrison, Dylan, the White Stripes. Plus, he’s seen Arctic Monkeys live! [via]
*And, of course, need I remind anyone that R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” part 13 dropped today on the IFC? A little broad for my tastes (yes, even compared to the midget/stripper under the sink.)

Tech / tunes links 8.11.07 – Don’t ever give up

*A study from Stanford and McGill monitors subjects’ brain activity as they listen to a concert. One- to two-second breaks in the music trigger a flood of brain activity. On an anecdotal note, I do my most pithy microblogging during the spaces between iTunes songs.
*Universal announced that they bought indie record label V2 Music for around $14M. So this week they bought a label, went DRM-free, thumbed their nose at Apple, and got sued by Veoh. [via]
*In other Universal news: their DRM-free tracks will be watermarked with unique identifiers, so if the tracks make it onto p2p networks, they’ll know who put ’em up. [via]
*A hand-crank media player ensures one can watch short, amusing videos during power outages. Also features a radio, flashlight, an mp3 player, and an e-book reader. [via]
*Master P has given his official endorsement to Barack Obama for president. [via]
*The Nokia N95, which we talked a lot about at CES for my day job (and which RULES), might be coming to the U.S. (with 3G). [via]
*Cool to see that Hypebot’s hopped on the vintage audio bandwagon. Looks familiar… (Still very SOOTHING.)
*Vicarious Music’s 100 Days That Changed Music. The best one: 9. “April 1, 2032, Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy released; Weeks after Axl’s death in a tragic tanning–bed accident.” Comforting to see Axl getting taken down a peg.
*Reminder: Episode 13 of R. Kelly’s magnum opus “Trapped in the Closet” comes out on Monday!
*On the way: A Halo-themed Zune. You know it’s Halo because the brown is much more military! It’s available for pre-order. [via]
*Chicago Tribune article on strong vinyl sales at some of the city’s newer vintage record stores. [via]
*SubPop has started its own internet radio station. [via Getty Images]

Tech / tunes links 8.9.07 – Sore in all sorts of places

*The Internet Radio Equality Act may not be dead yet.
*A brief tales in Flickr images: How My iPhone Almost Killed Me. [via]
*Universal Music invests in, a hip-hop quasi-soc net that I wrote about a couple weeks ago (they were hosting a rap-with-the-Wu contest). [via]
*JamGate wants to be the DIY musician’s distribution portal without the, uh, gates of MySpace. One upside: Musicians get paid as soon as music is purchased from their site. [via]
*A Bob Dylan art exhibit is touring Germany. Couldn’t be as good as his book. Right?
*The execrable local: the Pizza Luce Blockalypse (block party) August 11 will feature The Alarmists. And pizza. [via]
*The APPLE has been removed from Apple keyboards. It will be buried next to the closed Apple in a private ceremony. [via]
*Warning: some salty language ahead. From creator of The Wire David Simon, on the subject of writing in this month’s The Believer: “My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him.” [via]
*Related! (Though not toward the end of versimilitude.) When I first read Letters To Wendy’s in Harper’s, it blew my mind. Upon seeing the rest of the book, it was somewhat less awesome. But that first impression? DUDE. Now, John Vanderslice reading a selection of Joe Wenderoth’s book from Daytrotter’s Bookery. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING TO IT.

Tech / Tunes links 7.27.07 – Don’t look back in anger

*The Prince and the Paper II: More on the killed L.A. Times column that advocated distributing free CDs via newspaper (and intimated at the death of newspapers as we know them). Plenty of life for something that never saw print… [via]
*Via hypebot – The importance of internet radio to indies: Indie music makes up 56% of internet broadcaster Live365’s playlist. Indie makes up only up to approximately 15% of traditional broadcasters’ tunes.
*Sonific now lets you put the sound of a baby crying, a burp, or “body crush slow” on your blog.
*Musicubes: Your musical DNA expressed – through a black box from the BBC. (Pretty dumb compared to even the amatuer stuff in the Stats group at
*Hip-hop filter (no, really): Global Grind offers home page filtering/aggregation for hip-hop fans. [via]
*Slate on hip-hop artist T-Pain’s success: He is a robot.
*Verizon touts the music heavily in its recent PR push for the latest version of the Chocolate phone. Text message alerts to new music releases from artists you designate. Music mode (no nasty interruptions from the phone side). Etc.

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: 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.

TUN3R: Like a radio dial, but way harder to use

TechCrunch points to an internet radio aggregator or search engine with a unique interface. Stations are arranged in a rectangular grid with small boxes denoting each. Users drag around an orange arrow to indicate which one they’d like to listen to. The mouseover gives no clear hint as to what you may be clicking on and the boxes are too small to tell. (Maybe the info presentation is supposed to hearken back to the ordered-yet-seemingly-serendipitous nature of scanning the old analog dial.)

The search went a bit better, digging through stations’ playlists for artists and albums and outlining relevant stations in red throughout the grid. Of course, if nobody Saves Net Radio, we won’t need a search engine for it anyway.

eMusic mashes up its tunes with internet radio broadcasters

eMusic (my hated frenemy) is hooking up its music library with 10 internet radio services. The offerings will sync streams of internet radio stations with the eMusic catalog, and let fans download as they listen.

Who gets a piece of the eMusic pie? KEXP, Pandora, WOXY, and Bootliquor, among others. Here’s the Pandora/eMusic mashup.

eMusic is also donating money to KEXP, SomaFM and others. [via]

UPDATE: Rusty from SomaFM clarifies the relationship in the comments. (eMusic’s thing was apparently a demo, not a real deal relationship. YOU SUCK, Mashable. OK, you don’t totally suck, but still.) hates on internet radio’s Day of Silence

On their official blog, explains why they’ll be bringing the noise of June 26, the designated day of silence for internet radio broadcasters who are protesting rising royalty fees.

They say they don’t want to punish their listeners, and say the “only solution to this dilemma is commercial.”

How is it distinguished from normal terrestrial radio?

spamradio turns junk mail the station recieves into an online radio broadcast, as read by the Apple “Speakable Items” computerized voice dude.

Their best-of spamradio page is fantastic listening, and includes “13ft ejaculate” and a reading of the classic Nigerian e-mail scam spam.