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Tag: album covers

Links for 11.24.09: I am going away for a bit.

*Mashups: This Flickr photo set shows album covers as pages in an IKEA catalog. My favorite part about IKEA is the lingonberry underwear.

*Religion: “I guess Jewish Metal is something that has always been a part of me.” That’s not me; it’s a quote. [harper’s]

*Pets: Boozecats is a site that photoshops cats into pictures where booze used to be. This is why I joined the Internet.

*Video: The Muppets cover Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” [everywhere]

*Note: I am going away on holiday. I will return with a Stormy Kromer. All the best.

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Links for 5.12.09: Mead, twitter, beards, non-photos, unbrands and MORE

*Things I Hate: What this article from GOOD fails to tell you is that mead tastes like a combination of old mushrooms, dog shit and a nickel you’ve been carrying around in your ass crack.

*Covers: I forgot to post this yesterday. Because my brain cells are slipping away. If there were such a thing as listenerdbait, this would be it. Album covers reimagined as Penguin book covers.

*Negatives: Unphotographable offers prose accounts of pictures not taken. WHICH IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF SHIT I TOTALLY LOVE. (It would be nice if there were some more mundane ones, though.) [magnetbox]

*Idol: Is American Idol fixed? I once watched this show for an entire season. And I have the scars to prove it (they are emotional scars). [vulture]

*BEAMCAST: Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam has steadfastly refused to do a podcast with me. And yet he is streaming “Around the Well” on his MySpace page. Inconsistent much, jerk face? OH no. I didn’t mean it. I’m sorry. I got emotional. Ugh.

*Branding: Product Displacement is a blog that tracks instances of fictionalized brands’ appearances in movies and TV, as well as unbrandings (the removal of branding from real companies). [murketing]

*Twitter: Paste tried to compile a list of the 10 funniest twitterers. Other than Bad Banana, this is an awful list. OK, Michael Ian Black is fine, too. Please stick to what you’re good at, Paste – which is releasing free compilation albums once a year in conjunction with eMusic. [spincity] Also: If Kanye were on Twitter, he might be one of the funniest. Based on this.

*Facial hair: Being a hierarchy of beards. I have grown a beard of my own in the past week. And now I must slaughter a fatted calf with my bare hands. [buzzfeed]

*Today’s links: C-. I’m not embarrassed by them for the first time in nearly 15 years.

Video: Garble Arch – A Day in the Life of Abbey Road

A time-lapse video at the scene of the Beatles’ famous album cover. (Lots of posers!)

[urlesque]

12.14.08: Famous musical muses, Musclephone, Wear Your Music…

*Muses: Meet the people who inspired such songs as Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” as well as “Layla” and “Suzanne.” If you haven’t met them already. [mefi]

*Fashion: Spendy guitar strings from Wear Your Music combine cause consumption with the reuse ethos of the sustainability movement. Famous musicians donate their guitar strings, which get made into bracelets and sold to fans. The money goes to charity. Spendy, but a decent idea. (Looks like you can get an Avril bracelet for $150!) [treehugger]

*Songs: BuzzFeed puts together a playlist of earworms.

*Dessert: Chocolate Grace Jones. Thank you, Kanye.

*Lip dubbing: Offer up your best lip synching to the musical stylings of “Flight of the Conchords.” I have been told that I have a similarity in features to the ugly one. [urlesque]

*Fitness: The GettaGrip Musclephone is a cellphone with hand exercisers built in on either side of it. God, I hope this is the kind of shit I see a ton of at the Consumer Electronics Show. [textually]

*Twitter: Read this and this and this. Now do you understand what I’m talking about?

Some links you may either enjoy or despise

*Names: If you are not familiar with the rapper Shorty Shitstain, you should be. Loosely associated with some of the guys from the Wu-Tang Clan, he has a name that brightens my day. Every day. Sometimes I wake up and just look at it. [cracked] [Yes, I just via’d Cracked.]

*Album covers: If you would like to see some classic hip-hop album covers recreated in Legos, click this HYPERLINK. I like the EPMD one. [coudal]

*Christmas: Frightened Rabbit is rereleasing a little Christmas cheer in the form of special holiday music. More importantly, they are being quotable. “I feel like I have a similar relationship with Christmas as I do with booze. Each make me feel nice in a fairly false way.”

*Reselling: An oldish story, but I’m finally linking to it – Should you be able to sell used MP3s? [tlp]

*Movies: You can watch a clip of the Mickey Rourke film “The Wrestler” here. I consider myself hideous, but this guy…

*Graphs: I hated myself for enjoying this graph. Now I’m going to try to cheer myself up by watching “Hotel Rwanda.” (Not kidding about that. F you Netflix.)

*Economics and pubic hair: One of my colleagues pointed me toward a recent article on Salon that says pubic hair is back in. She then suggested that the “Bush line” may be the new “lipstick index.” This is why work can sometimes be tolerable. Well, this and the ability to pay bills.

*Shorty Shitstain? Shorty SHITSTAIN?

Links for 12.3.08: Last.fm’s Best of List, Obama’s Zune, Richardson’s beard…

*Lists: Last.fm’s Best of 2008 list reveals what users have scrobbled over the past year. I still love the word “scrobbling.” Bon Iver!

*Politics: Barack Obama uses a Zune. Is this the first crack?

*Beards: Bill Richardson talks about his beards to Esquire. Esquire, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: never mind.

*Letters: Someone organized a bunch of letters to look like Jay-Z. I have hesitated to link to this previously, because I could not bring myself to watch it. Because I am lazy. The video: Brooklyn Go Hard.

*Names: What’s the worst band name ever? In the running are Toad the Wet Sprocket, Puddle of Mudd and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. 5800+ comments and counting on this thread. But is anything worse than Cherry Poppin’ Daddies?

*Covers: NPR got around to finding out about sleevefaces. Has there never been a sleeveface for that one Sugar Ray album? Wait. What?

*NSFW: Mark Lisanti provides you with a tanning-related butt cheek separator. Related: I just created a tag called “Tanning your butt cheeks.”

Links for 11.12.08: Baldwin’s tattoo, Nirvana’s baby and BAMALOT!

*Music marketing: Read up on the success story of the “Now That’s What I Call Music” series. It’s persevering even in a down market. (The article includes a great quote from Hootie of Hootie and the Blowfish.)

*Interviews: The creator of Muxtape talks to Drowned in Sound. This guy sure does a lot of interviews for having launched a non-product that was around for like 3 weeks! [earfarm]

*Body art: Stephen Baldwin has been forced to get a Hannah Montana tattoo. At least it wasn’t a Zac Efron tattoo.

*Album covers: Nirvana’s “Nevermind” baby, now 17, recreates his classic album cover pose. (But with pants.)

*Videos: The Raconteurs offer a new Antiques Roadshow-inspired video at FromOldtoGold. [pop candy]

*Obits: Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix’s drummer, has died. My dad once saw Jimi Hendrix shoot up. Not kidding. I think it was in Atlanta.

*Covers: Cat Power will be releasing more covers on December 8th, including music originally from The Pogues and CCR.

*Politics: My day-job colleague Kate Muhl waxes poetical about BAMALOT, a land where Obama reigns and ladies in flats are celebrated.

Links for 10.9.08: Chinese Democracy!, Obama O’s, Sleeveface book…

*HOLY MOLY: Guns ‘N Roses’ long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy, will drop by Thanksgiving exclusively at Best Buy stores. As previously noted multiple times on this repetitive blog, Dr. Pepper has promised a free can for everyone in the U.S. if the album drops by the end of the year. [universal music group! – How annoying is it that Stereogum keeps self-linking in this linked-to post? Answer: Outrageously and insultingly so!]

*Album covers: There’s a Sleeveface (which is the act of holding an album cover with a face on it over your own face as you pose for a photo) book coming out. Seriously, how long until we see a Boner Party book? This guy’s prediction? Not long. Also, two thumbs. Up.

*Belgium: Jacques Brel’s things are being auctioned off by Sotheby’s despite protests from his family. You should listen to some Jacques Brel. Ideally on a phonograph. While drunk. Off of red wine.

*Family: Is Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant again, four months after giving birth? [parentdish]

*Politics: Which one? That one. Also: Rednecks for Obama.

*Cereal: Obama O’s and Cap’N McCains. [coudal]

*Independent film: Good Dick. It comes out tomorrow. Perverts. [fimoculous]

*Sounds: The instant rimshot (for humor) and the sad trombone (for sadness). Perverts!!!!!

Links for 9.14.08: Food album covers, meta-rap, videogame music sampling…

*Farming: MoreCowbell.dj allows users to upload songs, then choose how much cowbell they would like added to each tune. Almost invariably, the amount is greater than the current amount, rather than less than it. [joho]

*Videogames: Hip-hop that samples videogames. May I recommend “Meganerd”? [waxy]

*Photos: The Flickr LEGO Album Covers Pool. I’m partial to the Velvet Underground (which exhibits the holy trinity of levity, brevity, clarity). [bb]

*Food: Album covers made out of food. The Tricky one seems to be the artsiest. [neatorama]

*Hip-hop: The New York Times calls the Cool Kids “meta-rap.” I don’t really buy the concept. (Hip-hop has always been backward-looking, too, though as ruthlessly backward looking as the Times says it is forward looking.)

*Hardware: Pea speakers. Throw them, roll them, hide them, listen to them. [kanye]

*Obits: David Foster Wallace hanged himself. I didn’t read much of him until he wrote a Harper‘s essay on words, punctuation, and language in general. And then I was like, wow. Then I read some more of his stuff. Then he died. An Onion article re: the late Mr. Wallace.

Links for 9.11.08: Kanye’s bust, DMX’s interests, album art cartography…

*Maps: Word magazine’s Album Covers Map gives you the cartographic low-down on where iconic album cover photographs were shot. [magnetbox]

*DMX: Complex interviews DMX. Q: “What’s your favorite body part on a woman? DMX: Well, it would have to be the coochie.” After that, it starts getting REALLY deep. [lots of places]

*Experimental: The New York Times on Mercury Rev’s use of an electroencephalograph: “A rock band using a primitive EEG to come up with ever more out-there guitar sounds might seem to be parody, or worse.” BUT NO.

*Mashups: Have I mentioned the New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones’ article on Girl Talk yet? It seems like I would have. To wit: “To protect his Panasonic Toughbook, Gillis covers it in Saran Wrap and uses a mouse rather than the track pad.”

*Law: Kanye West got arrested for getting into it with a paparazzi cameraman. For once, I am on Kanye’s side. (Well, I am also on his side when it comes to all that weirdo alien bullshit.) [xrrf]

*Metrics: Band Metrics helps music become businesses by giving them the tools to crunch numbers and understand costs. (Your lead singer is getting paid too much.)

*Media: Good magazine asks readers to name their price (Paste did this previously, as well). [ypulse]

*Data: Cragslistindex crunches number for Craigslist sites across cities. You should probably play with this. [mefi]

Links for 7.27.08: Emo bans in Russia, clown walking, Lego album covers…

*Nostalgia mash: 20 classic album covers recreated in Legos. (Lovely Legoized Aphex Twin cover!) [music slut]

*Culture: Russia may outlaw emo culture (dress, websites, etc.). Why did Mexico not think of this? [thedailyswarm]

*Dancing: You must learn how to C-Walk if you want to win friends. And influence people. (Featuring lovely how-to videos!) [mefi]

*Telephony: Phoning It In has posted their entire archive of telephonic performances, including some from Petra Haden, Poison Control Center, Jens Lekman. Lovely? [largehearted boy]

*Punk Princesses: Silicon Alley Insider does the math on the supposed mint (around $2M) YouTube owes Avril Lavigne for all those “Girlfriend” (and other) plays.

*Question and Answer: Why do chicks dig musicians? The answer is based on SCIENCE. [medialoper]

*Off-topic video: College Humor collects the Top 10 eye-gouging scenes in cinema. I have no idea why, but my father took me to see Blade Runner in the theater when it first came out (I was 8 years old at the time of its release). That double-thumb eye-gouge not only was the point at which we left the theater, it has also doggedly haunted my dreams ever since. [waxy]

Links for 6.18.08: Mayer’s cruise, Method’s book, gas prices suck…

*You can take a cruise with John Mayer if you like. On a ship. With no easy way to get off. [daily swarm]

*Listen: A piece from NPR’s “All Things Considered” on rocking CEOs. And I do mean “rocking.” With the “g.” [whyifailed]

*How high gas prices crush touring bands: “Covering the 635 miles to San Francisco takes about 37 gallons of gas each way. With gas well over $4, that’s more than $300 for a round trip.” [idolator]

*Games: JamsMatch is like playing online concentration, but with album covers. [mefi]

*Play: Rock Band through Facebook. NOTHING gets you further away from the experience of actually rocking. Or your money back. (But not your private data.)

*Read: Method Man wrote a graphic novel: “If you’re trying to appeal to 13-year-olds and 12-year-olds, that’s cool — make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! Which they did, and I liked that movie.” [pop candy]

*Now playing: Watch music videos from Universal Music Group artists on Last.fm.

*Festivals: The full Lollapalooza lineup here.

*Off topic: George Takei is getting gay married.

*I don’t know why, but the fact that the Olsen Twins like Cat Power brings me pleasure.

*Goodbye.

Video: Let’s take a look at all of Leonard Nimoy’s album covers

I don’t know why.

[neatorama]

Video: Sleevefaces

[dailyswarm]