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Links for 2.16.09: Yoko’s 25 Things, Jacko’s sweatsocks, Nate Silver’s takedown…

*Facebook: Yoko Ono writes her own 25 Things. So funny, I had to poke her. [eyeteeth]

*Visuals: Look at these glittery sweatsocks on sale in an auction of some of Michael Jackson’s old stuff (image #4). And buy them if you want. Wow. [hinto]

*Labor: MIA blogs about the birth of her child. In pink. [pop candy]

*Economics: Freakonomics starts a discussion about what kinds of purchases consumers put off in a recession, and what kinds of product and services (cheap cigarettes, porn) don’t see much change.

*Predictions: Nate Silver does 2009 Oscar predictions for New York magazine. OK, let’s draw straws: Who wants to write the take-down article? [lots of places]

*Albums: Buzzfeed uncovers a paradigm through which one can understand every album ever made. Well, actually Cracked wrote it. Cracked. I’m 34 and I’m linking to Cracked. I’m 34 and I’m LINKING to things. I’m 34.

*Local: I like these posters (especially PURPLE LIGHT), and if that means you hate me, you hate me. Fucker. [notcot]

*Twitter: Here are six quips you may find amusing.

*Commercials: The guy in the Best Buy commercial with the stupid little beard will ultimately result in diminished year-over-year revenues for the big box electronics retailer.

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Links for 11.22.08: Lizard People, the Top Ten beards, Radiohead vids…

*Beards: Here are the Top 10 beards of all time. Ever. This is the final list. Putting Lincoln as low as #8 is a slap in the face to every red-blooded American. [coudal]

*Video: YouTube will be holding its first-ever live event tonight. Will.i.am will be there, in all probability “getting retarded.” [hypebot]

*Listicles: Bone up on Paste’s Top 50 Albums of 2008. Abraham Lincoln didn’t even make this list. Ugh. [stereogum]

*Radiohead: That one band will be debuting three new music videos on MySpace Music over the next couple of weeks. I linked to “Weird Fishes” yesterday. Look it up. [licensing plate]

*Word Jazz: This is a few years old, but listen anyway. A Ken Nordine podcast taken from a “Best of Word Jazz” radio show on Chicago Public Radio. Also, I just contacted Ken Nordine asking him to join twitter. I’ll let you know what happens.

*Lizard People: By now, everyone knows about a certain Minnesota voter casting his or her vote for “Lizard People.” Who, I would like to know, is willing to track this voter down and make him famous? Does he have anything to do with David Icke (referenced in this Wired story?) More about the serpent race, our overlords, here.

Links for 10.13.08: M.I.A.’s child, AC/DC’s pop, Beastie votes…

*The circle of life: M.I.A. is pregnant. All of the retirement / engagement / etc. stuff makes sense now. If I may here loosely define “sense.”

*Money: AC/DC is second only to the Beatles in album sales (with 26.4 million total), ahead of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They’re also doing the digital music thing on their own (weird) terms. Unrelated: Who’s got the biggest balls of them all? Kellen Winslow, Jr., apparently. (Grapefruits?)

*Literature: The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to Present comes out on November 11th. After Chinese Democracy, you will note. (I have the 1001 Albums book. I hope there is some overlap, or I am in real trouble.)

*Recession sell-off: Diamond encrusted iPod earbuds. They cost $60k.

*Cooking: Mario Batali’s personal playlist includes Cesaria Evora, Tom Waits and R.E.M. I think a blog that aggregated celebrity playlists, allowing users to visually make connections between and among them, would be a good idea. Also, it would be too much work for me to undertake.

*Rap: The Beastie Boys have announced a series of Get Out and Vote shows. Because, apparently, the 40-year-old white guy needs a kick in the ass to get out to the polls.

*Fashion: Lupe Fiasco helps design a Converse sneaker for next year’s (RED) campaign. Still? (With the Lupe Fiasco AND the RED?) Available in January.

*Words and politics: The New Yorker‘s James Wood on Sarah Palin

“She may claim, as she did in last Thursday’s Vice-Presidential debate, that ‘Americans are cravin’ that straight talk,’ but they are sure not going to get it from the Governor––not with her peculiar habit of speaking only half a sentence and then moving on to another for spoliation, that strange, ghostly drifting through the haziest phrases, as if she were cruelly condemned to search endlessly for her linguistic home.”

Links for 9.30.08: Dylan’s album, Lou Reed’s street, Wal-mart’s music label?

*Zimmerman: You can stream Bob Dylan’s “Tell Tale Signs” on NPR now. I drove on highway 61 a couple weeks ago while wearing a camouflage baseball cap. True story.

*Retailers: Wal-mart is the exclusive seller of AC/DC’s Rock Band videogame and AC/DC’s album. As noted previously, Best Buy seems to have secured exclusive rights to Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy.” How long until Wal-mart has a label? Or Best Buy? Or Target? Or Old Country Buffet?

*Cartography: Does Lou Reed want to have a New York street named after him?

*Tours: The Hold Steady cancels its European tour because bassist Tad Kubler has pancreatitis. I’m bald and you don’t see me canceling world tours, do you? Ok. (My pancreas is fine, though – thanks for asking.)

*Fashion: Everyone probably knows this by now, but Rihanna is working on a fashion line. My bet is that it will have heels and sunglasses. And possibly quasi-bondage gear.

*Thinslice this: Judgeby lets you, using Amazon user reviews, judge books by their covers. Kind of like Facestat for literature, I guess. [largehearted boy]

*Crack: And then Wham! George Michael was all of a sudden arrested in a London bathroom for crack possession. [loophole]

*The Internet: Alec Baldwin gets the Chuck Norris treatment. And by that I do NOT mean a roundhouse kick to the head. Or a full daily chest wax. [hinto]

Links for 9.18.08: Metallica beard, Twitter song, Search Engine Rap, and UTTERZ…

*Pictures: Some time in 2006, Blackmocco promised not to shave his beard until Metallica released a new album. He offers the world this Flickr photoset as evidence of his devotion, and has recently shaved his beard. [seriouslyomg]

*Songs: Ze Frank wrote a children’s song for adults. He is tall and has more hair than I do.

*Listening: Yahoo! Music, thanks to a partnership with Rhapsody, now lets curious searchers listen to entire songs for free after searching for tunes. Limits include 25 per month (for more, you have to sign up for Rhapsody) and a limit of 4 songs per artist.

*Blogging: Sergey Brin launches a personal blog (and is at risk for Parkinson’s). [techmeme]

*Video: Entertainment Weekly offers a preview of the Ting Tings on kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba. [music slut]

*Quiz: Do you know your fictional bands? (Too heavy on the nerdy and nostalgic, rather than the strange and fascinating. [neatorama]

*Geekery (and video): Search Engine Rap Battle – the web site. It’s MSN vs. Google. Are you going to bludgeon me for boring you? Sometimes I worry about that as I’m posting links. [buzzfeed]

*Song: “You’re No One If You’re Not On Twitter.” Also, you’re only 3/5 of a person if you have under 300 followers. Or that is what I’m told. [waxy]

*Followup: Way back in the early days of the Listenerd, I called out a startup called out UTTERZ as having a questionable (though amusing) name, even shouting out (somewhat jokingly) to the Name Inspector (a site run by a dude who helps name companies) for a critique. The Name Inspector obliged, giving the name a mild review, then everyone forgot about Utterz. Now, it turns out Utterz has thought better of their name, and will henceforth be known as Utterli.

Links for 6.21.08: Girl Talk’s +/-, top albums of the last 25 years, exploring the Afronaut…

*Stereogum (Universal) interviews Greg Gillis about the new “Feed the Animals” Girl Talk album: “I only had one guy on my MySpace talking shit, so that was cool.” (Off topic: I am fascinated by the usage of “my MySpace” vs. “my MySpace page.”)

*On the flip side: The New Republic brings the hate against such sampling: “It is a colossal mistake to coerce an expression of others into an expression of ourselves.” (For what it’s worth, this blog is nothing but a remix of my feedreader and e-mail inbox. Also, coercing the expression of others into the expression of ourselves is the basis of language.) [catbird seat]

*Lists: Entertainment Weekly‘s take on the top albums from 1983-2008: #1. Purple Rain, #12. Stankonia. [largehearted boy]

*Afronauts: Slate asks why so many black musicians have been obsessed with outer space. I am reluctant to admit that I didn’t even know David Bowie was black. [fluxtumblr]

*Japanese youths flip for mini-karaoke. [ypulse]

*Lily Allen posts a chunk of a new song on her MySpace page. Refreshing in that it is not a difficult-to-understand blog post.

*Video: Low + “You May Need a Murderer” from Pitchfork.tv. I have a hard time embedding Pitchfork.tv videos. Due to my own incompetence.

*The Shins are leaving SubPop and self-releasing their next album. Also, they will change your life. Or so I hear. [universal]

Links for 6.19.08: Wrestling sells music, hot bachelors, Kid Rock vs. Steve Jobs…

*eMusic offers up the Pitchfork sampler, a free selection of MP3s for your listening pleasure. [getty images]

*Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” is starting to leak! God, I could use a Dr. Pepper. [daily swarm]

*Want to sell music: Get in the ring with the WWE: “The labels will stumble over themselves to get on MTV, but no one’s watching MTV.” [koar]

*Want to sell music: It’s hard. Worldwide sales of tunes have fallen to the lowest level since 1985. [mathew ingram]

*Microsoft will not make a Zune phone that no one wants. Was that a double negative? Or a triple?

*There are lots of places to watch music videos online, you may say. But how many of them are named after an ancient martial arts discipline, like JukeBo? [mashable]

*Kid Rock hates iTunes and won’t sell his music through them. (Note I did not put music in “quotations.” Restraint.) Though he advocates the use of P2P networks, Mr. Rock doesn’t steal because he’s rich.

*Read: The L.A. Times on the decline in the value of the album. [hypebot]

*14 songs you should never play in a bar. [pop candy]

*Motorola India launches Motomusic, a mobile music download service.

*American Idol‘s David Cook is one of the world’s hottest bachelors. That’s not People magazine saying that, it’s me. Wait, strike that / reverse it. [vulture]

*Goodbye.

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