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Category: music 2.0

Links for 3.28.11: Today is a new day.

*Instruments: Swedish police have seized a double-barrel shotgun built into the neck of a guitar…FOR EXCESSIVE AWESOMENESS. [neato]

*Books: By asking if Bono is quixotic, The Paris Review combines some of my favorite things with one of my most hated things. Classic shit sandwich, in addition to being a gentle musing on the continued cultural relevance of Cervantes’ classic. Thank you.

*Videogames: FarmVille has raised more than $3M for victims of the Japanese earthquake. Despite this fact, if you ever discover that I have played FarmVille, you have my permission to excommunicate me from your life. Further FarmVille reading: The Sunk Cost Fallacy. OK. Huh.

*Audio: The site GirlsMakingGunSounds consists of videos of girls making gun sounds. The site WorstGigs consists of musicians recounting some of their worst gigs. Is there no art left in the claiming of URLs?

*Platforms: Albums optimized for the iPad, if considered as an industry strategy, seem like the ultimate misunderstanding of how to survive, or how to become modern. You’ll note that I have more to say on this matter. Best regards.

*Art: Scott Campbell’s “Noblesse Oblige” includes a skull sculpture cut from $11k worth of dollar bills. Have I ever told you about the throne I’m making out of second generation iPads? (I told you about it yesterday.) [notcot]

*Note: I have eaten so few carbs today, I may have a permanent headache. Forever.

*Today’s links: F.

the listenerd listening room

I’m playing with these listening rooms created by Abe Fettig. I’m going to open up listenerd rooms at some point for the next few days. Join if you want to try some group listening (the platform is still unstable and has some bugs, so you may run into some issues for the next couple weeks).

Links for 11.19.09: Republicans love shortbread.

*Alcohol: Wines That Rock is releasing rock and roll-related varietals such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet and the Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot. Hopefully, the wine was bottled in these bands’ respective hay days. Am i rite? Also, it will taste terrible. [the daily swarm]

*Money: This incredible chart from Mint is too complex by half, but it shows who is paying taxes in the U.S. [harper’s]

*Music: Here is a tumblr that is dedicated to “Music to have sex to.” I’ll be honest: I was expecting more Kings of Leon. A LOT more. WHAT? [lafix]

*Art: If these record cover collages don’t turn you on, you aren’t listening to enough Kings of Leon. Huh? Someone please help. [coudal]

*Visualizations: I’ve frequently linked to infographics made by GOOD magazine. Here’s a Flickr set of all of them. [coudal]

*Politics: According to Hunch, when it comes to Girl Scout cookies, liberals like samoas and conservatives like shortbread. I like thin mints. If by “like,” you mean devour sleeves of joylessly. [harper’s]

*Web: Can government really tap into the power of technology via Expert Labs? And, more importantly, is this company hiring? WHAT?

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s links: Failure.

Links for 4.18.08: Wuchess, the nerdic language, Iverson’s Zune

*Tomorrow is Record Store Day. I only buy records from garage sales, but that’s my problem.

*There will be a special edition Allen Iverson Zune. I guess they are still cranking them out. [crave]

*Def Leppard’s latest single will debut via Guitar Hero III. I guess they are still cranking them out.

*Akon has been exaggerating his arrest record. In reality, he has only been convicted of ONE felony. ONE.

*RZA (formerly of the Wu-Tang Clan) is launching Wuchess, a network that lets chess enthusiasts battle each other head-to-head online. [billboard]

*Nerdic: SUPPOSEDLY the fastest growing language in the world. W00t? [textually]

*Sort of off-topic: Zappos, one of the world’s greatest retailers (primarily of shoes), will begin selling consumer electronics. [boing boing gadgets]

*Henceforth, just as Paper Thin Walls is always referenced as [Getty Images] on the listenerd, Stereogum and Idolator will be identified as (some form of) [Universal Music Group]. This is the sort of faux-cleverness I dislike in others, but cannot help but indulge in myself. Thank you.

*Tech: I have a twine account now. I don’t know what to do with it. In the least. (I am username: joshkimball on twine.) Thank you.

OK GO brings the bons mots re: Net Neutrality

OK, does OK GO’s editorial on Net Neutrality from today’s New York Times mean I have to start liking them? Even on some level? Because I’m not crazy about the idea.


“OK Go, has been among the first to find real success on the Internet — our songs and videos have been streamed and downloaded hundreds of millions of times (orders of magnitude above our CD sales) — so the committee thought I’d make a decent spokesman for up-and-coming musicians in this new era of digital pandemonium.

I’m flattered, of course, but it makes you wonder if Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner sit around arguing who was listening to Vampire Weekend first.”

Links for 2.18.08: Lots of records, Bon Iver’s blog, public tv sucks…

*The oft-blogged best record collection in the world is on sale on eBay for $3M. Really? Wouldn’t like 4 days straight on Limewire get you pretty close?

*Music :: clothing / kanye :: sneakers / cansei dei ser sexy :: hoodies [joshspear]

*Mike Doughty: Sort of a DIY Take Away Shows. [so much silence]

*Maybe you should read Bon Iver’s blog.

*Aerosmith is doing its own version of Guitar Hero. [yahoo news via hypebot]

*American Idol performances will now be available for purchase on iTunes – they can be set to be automatically downloaded the day after a show airs. They’ll cost $2. I would recommend putting them on YouTube instead. But that’s me. [ilounge]

*The New York Times on the relative success of public radio and the decline of public television. Doesn’t even address pub rad rock stations like The Current.

Links for 9.30.07: Bourdain, the iphone sucks, and reality for old people

*MAKE takes on music: How to make a mellotron out of walkmans (not walkmen?).

*Local: Tryouts for a music reality show come to Minneapolis. 40+ rockers (of whom we are not wanting) can audition for READY 2 ROCK (caps theirs), a forthcoming making-of-the-band kinda reality program. See Metblog Mpls for details.

*Gizmodo: The iPhone sucks. Also: are iPods creating a crime wave in New York?

*Anthony Bourdain in Spin on music in 1977. (Bourdain is speaking at a company gig in 2 weeks.) [via Fimoculous]

*The Times asks if Facebook is worth $10B.

*Microsoft files a patent for a system for the Zune to automatically deliver content to a listening device based on past actions and pre-set preferences. [ZDnet via Engadget]

Links for 9.23.07: p2p hate, rad Cuban posters, Janet Reno, manbags +

*The Pirate Bay is bringing charges against a number of Hollywood companies that employed hackers and spammers to try to bring them down. [Threat Level]

*AirDrives earphones are designed to let you hear what’s going on around you. I have long wanted a pair of sound-boosting headphones that would amp my hearing for better surreptitious snooping of others’ conversations at the office. [Popgadget]

*Germany is banning the copying of CDs. [Variety via Future of Music Coalition]

*New words for the upcoming edition of the Oxford English Dictionary: Amy Winehouse, manbag and carbon neutral. [Independent via Medialoper]

*Also via Medialoper: eMusic interviews JANET RENO.

*What do the hipster parenting blog Babble and the band Fountains of Wayne have to talk about? Stacy’s Mom, of course.

*EVERYONE: Cuban Posters. I especially like this one. From the blogger behind the Soviet poster blog AND this unusual musical instrument site.

Links for 9.21.07: Fan club cheaters, rap tv, the future of an industry +

*From the Future of Music Policy Summit, Ars Technica reports that licensing music is a pain in the ass.

*Stereogum has launched mp3 page.

*Even though I hate the Freakonomics blog, I’m linking to them (cuz I’m the bigger man?): Read their post on the future of the music industry. Lots of interesting comments.

*The WSJ reports on a concert tix controversy: Fan club members (who get special ticket treatment) are (and have long been) selling codes that allow buyers to get tickets early to non-members via eBay.

*DMC posts his commentary on MTV’s epic Celebrity Rap Superstar battle: “Sebastian [Bach] is good, he is Hip Hop!” The state of the genre.

*Timbaland will be making a guest appearance on One Life to Live. I guess hip-hop is doing alright after all.

*The local. Doomdrips: A poster series with its own blog.

*Widgets: Gruvr is another site (now with a widget!) that maps upcoming concerts in your area. Effing widgets. [Mashable]

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.

Links for 9.18.07: Radiohead mp3s, Bono sucks, hot record sleeves + more

*Radiohead’s selling their albums in Mp3 format, but not through iTunes. Albums available at 7digital. [Listening Post] There’s still little clear data on how DRM-free is playing out for labels.

*Bono makes Radar’s Overrated Hall of Fame. YES.

*Create promote and sell (via widget!) your own digital mixtapes with Mixaloo. [Mashable]

*Check out these gorgeous record sleeves. Please. [Josh Spear]

*Demand-based pricing comes to ringtones, courtesy of Amie Street. [Listening Post]

*Ten Things That Probably Stressed Out Meg White [Stereogum]

*Willie Nelson is going to start writing songs for Jessica Simpson. [MusicFilter]

*You don’t have to pay to read Maureen Dowd anymore. Well, not money at least.

Links plus ultra: SpiralFrog, Bridwell’s beard, wusses + more

*Free, ad-supported music service SpiralFrog finally launches, after much pain. [AdAge]

*LAist once again brings the hate down on BEARDS. This time, surly, camera-hating, Wal-mart loving Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell is the target of their ill-placed ire.

*Blender calls out music’s 25 Biggest Wusses. I don’t know, man. Natalie Merchant seems kind of grimly tough.

*Concerts in Second Life suck. Especially if you have to sit through a set by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Links for 9.17.07: Carbon offsetting, the Zwinky economy + more

*A Guardian blog comments on carbon offsetting as an option for touring bands who want to be eco-friendly. There’s also the biodiesel bus option. Or just stay home.

*Zwinky has been kicking ass. They have 4.6 million active users, and the kiddie gaming environment has just introduced Zbucks, virtual currency that players can buy with real money. Also, strangely enough, despite only ONE previous mention on this site, a ton of people searching for Zwinky stuff get sent here. Maybe it’s just poor pre-teen search skills? [TechCrunch]

*eMusic is pushing into audiobooks.

*The Future of Music Policy Summit starts today in Washington, DC.

*Why is this still just a concept? The CD playing sneaker. [Crave]

*For your dining pleasure: Flight of the Conchords lasagna. [Pop Candy]

*Kanye leads 50. Chesney takes up the rear.

Links for 9.16.07: lost hip-hop, found love songs, fakesters + more

*Mashable offers up the 20 best music applications for Facebook.

*The New York Times tells the story of Top Shelf 8/8/88, a long-lost 1980s hip-hop tape that is either real or fake. [Daily Swarm]

*Hublog lets users explore and compare musical artists’ relative popularity in different countries, infographic style. [mediaeater]

*The ultimate Magnetic Fields “69 Love Songs” online companion. [largehearted boy]

*Online Fandom on fakesters and Facebook.

*Is MTV working on its own social network? It seems like a lot of social networks exist (and that I have an empty husk of an account on 90% of them.)