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Links for 8.24.09: Motivation, MP3s, American excess and slang…

*Video: I’ve been thinking for hours about how to get you to watch this video. I’ve got nothing.

*Technology: Pitchfork publishes a social history of the MP3. Whoa; this is the kind of essay the Daily Swarm should start publishing. But with better pacing.

*Food: One thing I love about America is its ingenuity. (Click that link only if you love Kentucky Fried Chicken. And excess. And think that the Famous Bowl is a marvel of the imagination.)

*On language: Slang is one of my favorite topics to think about. If I were ever to get off my ass (and out of my day job) and do a web project, it would be around the front lines of language. [ypulse]

*Voices: Sasha Frere-Jones writes about Leonard Cohen old and new in the New Yorker. I have not seen the documentary in question, but the prospect of seeing Mr. Cohen in his boxer shorts has compelled me to add it to the queue.

*Reviews: I love these one-star reviews from Amazon. On Moby Dick: “Too nautical for me.”

*Hip-hop: Being your guide to Russian hip-hop fashions. [buzzfeed]

*Books: If you need to buy a book of tweets, do it through this link. (The affiliate money goes to @TheDayHasCome and his family. Or just donate money instead.)

*Local: Listenerd co-worker No Bird Sing have an album coming out soon. You can listen to it, even though MySpace is putting the kibosh on autoplay. [chuckles]

Links for 4.20.09: Lego Jesus, Iron and Wine swings, Dylan on Amazon…

*Literature: The Virginia Quarterly Review releases a list of the 10 most common titles of works submitted to them. #1: Untitled. I adore this list. And I’m not kidding.

*Words: I have been playing a lot of deepleap. All I will say is that the game has a very rudimentary and amateurish dictionary and does not allow all the words to be played that it should.

*Songs: Bon Iver plays Eau Claire’s Memorial High School. I have three fingers left, and you DO NOT want to know what I’m planning on using them for. [universal]

*Movies: The Coen Brothers are going to remake “True Grit.” I love Westerns and am awash in my own testosterone. Beer me. [coudal]

*Religion: What would Lego Jesus do? [ye]

*News: The bad news is, I have been waiting for the Google News timeline for a long time. And I’m mental. [mediaeater]

*Video: Amazon has the exclusive on “Beyond Here Lies Nothin,” a new music video from Mr. Bob Dylan.

*Twitter: The Twitter-Brain interface – measuring brain activity. God, I want that helmet. Is there a specific term for a helmet that’s soft? I’m deadly serious. [waxy]

*MP3s: Listen to some Neko Case MP3s here (“Middle Cyclone” and “Phony Revolutions”) and one of my favorite Iron and Wine songs (a 10-minute opus, “The Trapeze Swinger”) here.

*Today’s links: C-. We break the C’s today due to links to some good MP3s. And that VQR thing. Other than that, horseshit.

12.15.08: MP3 stores, hairbrush footballs, and QUIPS…

*Selling music: Amazon’s MP3 store is just doing OK – the company took in about $39M from the store last year. I still like Amazon’s offering, will use it 9 times out of 10 when buying music, and will tell you why I think it is going to be successful. No, I won’t. Here, I just get to say. [alley insider]

*Resource: Rocketsurgeon’s Music 2.0 Product Buzz feed lets you track digital music-related companies’ blogs.

*Movies: They are going to make another The Crow. [hinto]

*Retail: Zappos is so good at what they do (and I mean that, unlike 90% of the words I type on this blog), they’re offering their clients tips on improving their customer service – for $40 a month. [mashable]

*Video: The Arcade Fire made their tour documentary, “Miroir Noir” available online. Watch the trailer and/or buy it. Or don’t. (It’s not really like that weird hands site from before.)

*Politics: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich calls his personal hairbrush “the football” and keeps it within reach at all times. Let me be honest here: If I had any hair, I would do the exact same thing.

*Twitter: Read some amusing quips, IF YOU LIKE READING QUIPS.

Links for 9.22.08: Obama’s soundtrack, hot buttered band names, slot music…

*Band names: From Metal Sucks comes the best band name the listenerd has run across since The Sweatpant Boners of the early 2000s. Yes, it’s Hot Buttered Anal.

*Ideas: HAAAAAAAAAAA. Mixtube lets people make playlists out of audio scraped from YouTube (making it much closer to legal than previous Mixtape apps like Muxtape). I blogged about a similar idea a while ago. Also: I am an idiot. [readwriteweb]

*Slots: SlotMusic – this nearly universally maligned plan is to sell albums not as CDs or MP3s, but on SD memory cards. The idea may well not be a good one at all, however, the attitude and authority with which so many people claim to know the music business and what’s good for it is appalling and depressing. Whoa. Where did that come form?

*Politics: Obama releases a campaign soundtrack, Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement. Songs by Kanye, Adam Levine, Jackson Browne and Los Lonely Boys. [largehearted boy]

*MySpace: TechCrunch has screenshots from the much-awaited MySpace Music. The MySpace is still too ugly for me! I’m over 30!!111 OMG. And bald. Ugh.

*Mobile: Will Google’s Android phone be equipped with a client for Amazon’s MP3 store?

*Fashion: The Guardian gives props to Andre 3000 for giving props to British style. According to the article, Benjamin also went to a high school where a preppy street gang called the Stray Cats wore Benetton and beat on people with tennis raquets. What the fricking fuck? [licensing plate]

*Interviews: P-fork talks to David Byrne. Seems like someone talk to David Byrne every couple weeks, doesn’t it? Anyway: “Things that might have alienated me in the past, now I just figure, well, that’s the way that person is or that’s just the way things are. I’m not going to let that bother me too much. And maybe it’s because being older there’s a certain kind of don’t-give-a-shit attitude.” I think I would like to, if this description is any indication, be old, but without the baldness.

*Video: Dave Eggers talks to Chris Elliott. (It’s 32 minutes, and there’s some earnestness, but still.)

*Meta: WTF? WordPress is fucking with my shit? Maybe it’s time to find a new thing. If I can muster the energy.

Links for 8.13.08: Kanye’s burgers, MySpace’s music woes, iTunes’ radio foray…

*Hurry: You can buy Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” from the Amazon MP3 store for just $3 today!

*Social media: MySpace Music is struggling. In a couple words: they’re having a tough time finding a CEO and their tech development timelines are slipping. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP WITH THE FORMER HINT HINT. [hypebot]

*Radio: iTunes is launching a radio show on Premiere Radio Networks. It will spin 30 of the most downloaded iTunes songs, plus interviews and other radioish stuff.

*Retro tech: Listening Post highlights Cliff Bolling, a 57-year-old Portland dude who is doggedly digitizing and uploading his old-format, vinyl music collection, to the tune of 3,700+ uploaded MP3s so far. It would enough for me if the guy simply posted videos to YouTube of his old vinyl playing.

*Interview: P-fork talks to OutKast’s Big Boi. “I might be borderline schizophrenic sometimes.”

*Kanye: Kanye West is going to open a Fatburger in Chicago. Have I mentioned that I need to lose like 2.3 lbs? And that I’m bald? (Both true.)

*Fashion: If you can wear a shirt that says “floppy inches” on it, you are more man than I am.

*Sharing: PlayLouder lets UK users pay a fee (and, therefore, royalties) and trade files within the confines of the ISP.

*Off topic: I want cigar pillows. I could also use a rolling papers blanket. [uber review]

Links for 8.2.08: Raising McCain, Sa Dingding, Amazon’s MP3s…

*Profile: The Christian-Science Monitor highlights China’s biggest pop star, Sa Dingding, whose music is described as synthy electronica, quirky and sometimes experimental. She’s currently making a push into the West, and has gotten some attention via the BBC.

*Healthcare: Amy Winehouse has been released from the hospital. What was she in for, you ask? Being Amy Winehouse. And now I’m sad.

*Clips: The Wall Street Journal looks at Conor Oberst’s new album, Conor Oberst.

*The Times profiles Sub Pop on the occasion of its 20th birthday. “Their last anniversary bash in 2003 was promoted as ‘Sub Pop’s 15th Anniversary – Ten Years of Great Music’.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Country singer John Rich of Big & Rich has written a song, “Raising McCain,” in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Rich also has a writing credit on the politically charged Big & Rich polemical, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” [daily swarm]

*Money matters: CNNMoney looks at the Amazon MP3 store, and analyzes its chances against Apple and iTunes, with specific attention given to Amazon’s deal with the imminent MySpace Music initiative. I’m a huge Apple fan, but the Amazon MP3 store’s overall user experience and value is currently superior to that of iTunes. Best of luck in your future endeavours.

Links for 6.17.08: Biggie movie blog, Heart concerts, eMusic money…

*The producer of the new Notorious BIG biopic has been blogging. [pop candy]

*Words: A tag cloud from the manuscript of John Hodgman’s new book, “More Information Than You Require.” To me, this is very calming.

*eMusic is raising subscription rates. I dropped eMusic more than a year ago; with the introduction of Amazon’s MP3 store, I don’t miss it a bit.

*MP3 blog ad networks: That sentence looks like word salad. Predictably, music blogs are loving the idea, though.

*Artsy: The Heart Chamber Orchestra: Listen to the heartbeats of 12 musicians hooked up to ECG sensors. Videos are here. [neural]

*Off topic: BB Gadgets has video of a Teddy Ruxbin hacked to recite Twitters.

Links for 5.15.08: Apple’s DRM plans, The Beatles’ machinima…

*The Guardian: How is Apple changing DRM? Subscriptions rising?

*Extending album art: What your favorite albums look like beyond the cover… Did no one mock up that one Sugar Ray album? [tobs]

*Bloggers can feature Amazon MP3 tunes on their blogs now thanks to a widget. In boring news, I haven’t blogged about widgets in a long time. [coolfer]

*The New York Times writes up Kanye’s space alien aesthetic and his ego. Sure, he can pick on Entertainment Weekly, but what will Mr. West have to say about the paper of record?

*The Office‘s Creed has a platinum album to his credit with his band, The Grass Roots. [earfarm]

*FlyTunes: Add streaming video from the likes of Comedy Central and NBC to your iPhone. [listening post]

*Video: Machinima music video for The Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” made with World of Warcraft. [urlesque]

*They may give Jammie Thomas, the Minnesota woman busted for music filesharing, another trial.

*Also: The RIAA is on Limewire like crazy. WATCHING YOU.

*Off topic. BusinessWeek on Twitter. If you want to understand social media, read this. [buzzwatch]

Links for 4.17.08: the listenerd’s independence, Amazon’s shoppers, Foxy’s freedom, a bunch of off-topic items…

*The listenerd is not owned in all or in part by Universal Music Group. I’m just saying. To make a point, sure. But it’s still “just sayin’.”

*Most new Amazon MP3 music buyers didn’t switch over from iTunes.

*Scarlett Johansson’s new album of Tom Waits covers has apparently been leaked on Imeem. [listening post]

*Foxy Brown to be let out of jail this week? I know you’ve been waiting.

*Local design firm Aesthetic Apparatus (whose Shrinkin’ Lincoln graces my living room) did the overleaf thingy for Esquire magazine’s music edition.

*Techish: Michael Arrington on Twitter. People. [waxy]

*I have a lot of pretty OK links now, but only a little time to blog them. Fuckers.

Links for 2.26.08: Perez’s new gig, iTunes new slot, Cloud Cult’s new video…

*LOCAL: OMG. Cloud Cult is shooting a video on Sunday about 4 blocks away from my house. They are looking for extras to jump around in an expressionless manner.

CAN YOU THINK OF SOMEONE MORE WELL-EQUIPPED TO DO THAT THAN ME? [more cowbell]

*iTunes is now the #2 music seller in the nation, passing Best Buy and landing behind Wal-mart. How long until iTunes is #1? And then Amazon is #1? [news.com]

*Sid Vicious is endorsing Converse. (Note: He is dead.) Also, J. Crew is now selling Purcells? Not good. [stereogum]

*According to the NPD Group, nearly 50% of teens did NOT buy a CD in 2007. [spinning indie]

*GospelDepot is a subscription music service for those who love Christian music. [digital music news]

*A NY Times article from today has a lot of people online worried that Perez Hilton could be a rising A&R force. Grotesque.

Links for 2.2.08: I am back, Super Bowl tunes, Amazon’s buys…

*Hello. I am back. I had a work conferencey thing. It was more than exhausting. Catching up…

*Amazon buys Audible for $300M. Apple has the best mp3 player, Amazon has the best store for mp3 players. [digital music news]

*Indiana could soon have a digital download tax on music. [hypebot]

*Normatism: A new digital music venture from a founder of video site Vimeo. Looks, ahem, hip. [listening post]

*Rolling Stone collects video of musician-centric Super Bowl commercials. [getty images]

*Duncan Watts’ anti-Tipping Point push (encapsulated here in a Fast Company article) is predicated partly on experiments using digital music markets.

*Hannah Montana has a 3-D movie?

*RealNetworks lays off 10 music employees.

Links for 1.27.08: Fairey’s Obama, Qtrax’s bet, Amazon’s MP3 expansion…

*You must check out Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama posters. [murketing]

*The Amazon MP3 store will go global in 2008. All in all, it’s currently a better experience than iTunes. [engadget]

*Ad-supported legal P2P provider Qtrax has deals with all the major labels. [listening post]

*Now that’s a P2P network. The Pirate Bay tracks 10 million “peers.” [mathewingram]

*The New York Times hypes hip-hop’s rising indie females such as Yo Majesty and Kid Sister.

*Jerome Kerviel, who lost the equivalent of $7.2 billion dollars and may have pushed world markets into an economic tailspin recently has a Facebook page. I bet he’s getting poked a lot.

Links for 1.10.08: Amazon’s triumph, Reznor’s folly, Kanye’s TV

*Sony BMG to sell DRM-free tunes through Amazon. (My last three purchases were made via the Amazon music store, and they’ve all been seamless.) [ars technica]

*Trent Reznor inquires about a music tax. Will not go over well.

*Looks like the Flight of the Conchords guys got stuck going to CES this year. Suckers!!! Watch video here.

*Kanye West says he’s buying a 150-inch plasma TV. [fimoculous]

*Read and file: Hypebot’s 10 Music 2.0 Predictions for 2008.

Links for 1.3.08: Apples big moves, Earworm’s big mash, Sir Paul’s big op…

*Two (and a half) iTunes things:

1) Rumors swirl about a collaborative record label project coming from Jay-Z and Apple.

2) Radiohead relents, allowing iTunes to sell “In Rainbows” by the track, not just in its album bundle.

2.5) (But Amazon beats iTunes on unbundled pricing.) [1st link via daily swarm]

*Listen: To DJ Earworm’s mega mashup of Billboard’s Top 25 songs. [neatorama]

*Paul McCartney had super-secret heart surgery late last year?

*Free Music Zilla: Lets users grab and save music from Imeem, Pandora, Last.fm, MySpace. [red ferret]

*Sex and phones: The Kiss Phone (has lips that simulate kisses from the person you’re talking to) vs. Rub My (iPhone) [NSFW]

*Britney Spears is readying for her return to the silver screen? (Who didn’t love Crossroads?)

*If you rock. And are having a kid. Try Rattle ‘n’ Roll baby announcements. [parent dish]

*M.I.A. is Marc Jacobs’ latest model. [brooklyn vegan]

*On beards: Gothamist examines writers’ strike beards. (If there’s one good thing that’s come out of the strike (so far), it’s the beards.)

*Napster is raising prices by $3 a month. Hmm… [mashable]

*One or two of you may be asking: What are the best country music songs of 2007? Here’s a Top 50.

*Why do records leak? [getty images]