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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.

Links for 11.9.08: Hip-hop tots, Toby Keith’s pits, Swiftian acumen…

*Breaking: Toby Keith shaves his armpits. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!111111

*Country: First the New Yorker, now this? So everybody is going all Taylor Swift on us now? Of the 18-year-old Swift, lobotomized former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler says, “She’s a really smart businesswoman, smarter than a lot of 40-year-olds I know.”

*YouTube: MGM is ready to put full-length movies up on YouTube. Watch for “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Magnificent Seven.”

*Rumor: Is Sony BMG ready to go DRM-free on iTunes after all this time? And will anyone besides tech nerds care? Or maybe it really matters and I’m just tired? Gosh!?

*Toilet reading: This reading is ABOUT toilets! GET IT!?!?

*Music for rich people: Fred Wilson from A VC talks about music on the Sonos with the iTouch.

*Hip-hop: “Hip Hop Speaks to Children” brings the lyrics of Queen Latifah, Mos Def and Kanye West to tots.

*Twitter: Twuffer lets you tweet from the future. I had lasagne for dinner tomorrow night.

*Meta: I put the listenerd on Facebook. I don’t really even like Facebook!!!! Swearz!

Links for 10.24.08: The Hudsons, The Smiths and Weird Al vs. Steve Jobs…

*Obit: Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found dead from gunshot wounds on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Devastating and depressing.

*Rumor: Are the Smiths reuniting? I know nearly nothing about the Smiths, having spent the last five years trying to keep up with the Joneses. [largehearted boy]

*Professionals: The Musician’s Twitter Roadmap. Personally, I recommend being hilarious. Or really famous. Or a hot chick. (Not in that order.)

*On again / off again: Weird Al is PISSED at iTunes. I would NOT want to have this dude mad at me. Perhaps there are some Steve Jobs vs. Weird Al mashups that could add humor to this situation. Or parody songs. Maybe involving heart attacks.

*Video: John Hodgman’s brief digression on matters of lost time. That is my last John Hodgman link. Of the day. [bb]

*Trailers: Maybe you would like to watch the latest trailer for the Biggie Smalls biopic “Notorious.” It is in WIDE format. (That’s not a fat joke!) [You never know.]

*Fashion: You love Crocs. You love Uggs. Winter Crocs offer the best of both worlds. (Those worlds being an overlapping geography of various hells.)

*Tidbit: We are undergoing a worldwide economic meltdown. Please send links.

Links for 8.21.08: Tupac’s moves, iTunes Unlimited, Simpson’s beer…

*Biggie: These excerpts from Faith Evans’ forthcoming book, which talk about how Tupac briefly (but quickly and efficiently) insinuated himself into her life, are actually a pretty good read.

*Subscription music: Is iTunes Unlimited, an all-you-can-listen music option rumored to someday cost $130/year from Apple, imminent?

*Beer: Jessica Simpson has become the spokesperson for Stampede Light Plus beer. Personally, this does nothing at all to diminish my love of beer. People: I am resolute. [buzzfeed]

*Pop music: Mountain Dew has started a singles-only record label, Green Label Sound, that will feature bands such as Cool Kids. You know what’s even better than Mountain Dew? That Red Alert stuff. Or Code Five or whatever the fuck it’s called. [listening post]

*Gadgets: The Apple Walkpod: a cassette-playing iPod. [bb gadgets]

*Local: The Bryant Lake Bowl is throwing a block party. The Rock for Democracy block party is set for Saturday, September 13 from 4pm-10pm, and will feature Brass Messengers, Prairie Sons and a surprise headliner. Also: roller girls! [mfr]

*Bar bands: NPR interviews the Hold Steady. (Craig Finn does not tell Thom Yorke to “Eat a dick.” Which is a prime indicator that this is not, in fact, Grade A beef.) [heavy critters]

*Idol: People who are either insane or are hardcore American Idols fans (I would love to see the Venn diagram of these two groups) can now Sajaya-ize themselves. Of course, that’s a Cardinal sin. But still.

Links for 8.12.08: Mog’s ad network, NIN’s HBO show, Napster’s fall, Snot’s demise…

*Social media: MOG has added Rick Rubin to its board and has also created a music blog ad network. For me, MOG has always been in a weird in-between space that I couldn’t connect to on any level. Not social enough to be a good social media tool, not enough stats to compete with last.fm. I still have found no good reason to log on.

*NIN: Trent Reznor’s Zero may become an HBO series? I think Ian McShane should star.

*Business: Napster subscriptions are down 52,000 subscribers in Q2 over Q1. Tough times. I still think someone will crack subscription music. I can’t stand managing files; it’s a waste of my time. (Though I still have found no better alternative.)

*Local: Snot, of Puke and Snot, has died. One half of the most famous Renaissance Festival pair of all time has passed away at the age of 57. First Bernie Mac, now this. Ugh.

*Celebrities: TMZ has dug up some Ryan Seacrest beefcake photography. BEFORE he was bitten by that shark.

*Toys: The Teddy Bear MP3 player makes it easy to listen to digital music. Even if you are 12-18 months old.

*Local: If you don’t want to go to a Rage Against the Machine concert during the Republican National Convention, you could consider putting up an Unconvention yard sign. [metblog mpls]

*Hello: It’s my brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, Ian. You are almost as old as Jesus.

Links for 8.9.08: Dylanomics, Bernie Mac dies, sexiest music vids…

*Dylan on the economy: The Freakonomics blog asks readers to use Bob Dylan lyrics to talk about current economic conditions.

*Wow: Bernie Mac died. He was 50.

*Race: Did L’Oreal lighten Beyonce’s skin in a recent ad? [buzzfeed]

*Sex and videos: Nerve collects the 50 Sexiest Music Videos. I have to admit that Billy Idol’s “Cradle of Love” made me feel weird when I was 16. And by “weird” I mean that I can’t say what I mean. GOODBYE. [fimoculous]

*Paternity: Clay Aiken is a father. Now I am really depressed.

*Facial hair: Everyone knows I’m more of a beard guy, but the HoustonPress compiles 5 of the top moustaches in rock. Jim Croce. [earfarm]

*Monster stretch: Could customer-service savants Zappos.com be getting into the music biz? Valleywag makes a leap based on some cryptic twitters. (If they do get into tunes, I have some Santogold I would like to return.)

*Personal update: On the plus side, I have not seen anyone LARPing yet today. (I really haven’t.)

Links for 7.29.08: Jay-Z’s ring, a shark’s failure, a Zimmerman release…

*Good music: The Walkmen’s new album, “You & Me,” is available on Amie Street for $5. That is pretty cheap. [universal]

*SHARK ATTACK: American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest was bitten by a shark recently. On the toe. He took some aspirin to treat the wound.

*Jewelry: Jay-Z has been spotted wearing a wedding ring. Unrelated: He is married.

*If you would be interested in taking a leak: A new R. Kelly album (12 Play: 4th Quarter) has leaked. You can maybe go find a torrent of it. Leaked. Heh. [digital music news]

*Art: Banksy is Robin Gunningham according to Time magazine. Also, how about that feces painting!? Wild! [mediaeater]

*Musicals: The von Trapp family villa is finally open! Now considering a “Sound of Music”-themed vacation to Salzburg for late August. (Not kidding.)

*Intertwined industries: Ars Technica on Rock Band, Guitar Hero and music sales. [ypulse]

*Local: Peefork reviews St. Anthony Park barista Haley Bonar’s “Big Star.” 7.1!

*Local: Robert Zimmerman rarities released! Watch for Tell Tale Signs. Where was this local singer/songwriter when I was a child?

*Geek instruments: Zelda ocarina’s on sale for $40 at ThinkGeek. [geekologie]

*I have been getting up around 5:15 am. FUCKERS.

Arnel Pineda update: The Believin’ has not stopped

American Idol judge Randy Jackson finally weighs in on Arnel Pineda:

“The guy can sing.” THANK YOU.

Also “Faithfully” video:

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.

Links for 6.13.08: Kelly’s free, Weezer’s wired, Idol’s sued…

*Is American Idol screwing the backup musicians out of money they’ve rightfully earned? Well, those dudes are suing the show. On a semi-related note: I may be the only person in America who is fascinated by Ryan Seacrest.

*R. Kelly was acquitted of all child pornography charges on Friday. Hmmf.

*If you are interested in the mainstream media, you may wish to check out Rolling Stone‘s Bonnaroo 2008 coverage.

*Weezer invites fans to jam with them on their current tour. From the internet celeb viral to the use of manga for marketing to the jam-with-us invite – somebody in the Weezer camp has been paying attention.

*Video: My buddy in the former Soviet Union recorded video of traditional Sukhishvili Georgian Dance. It gets pretty crazy when the swords come out.

*Tim Russert died. Sucks.

As we speak: Sasha-Frere Jones is twittering American Idol

American Idol twitters as the event happens, from the New Yorker music writer. They are not wittily epigrammatic, but he IS famous.

Links for 5.12.08: Hype’s payday, Banksy’s face, Metallica’s clips…

*Maybe Viacom will buy Hype Machine for a lot of money, or maybe someone else will. But still, do they know that people like the Hype for the stealing?

*TechCrunch posits that Blip is Twitter for music.

*The New Yorker on American Idol. On the flip side, NYer editor David Remnick offers up 100 Essential Jazz Albums.

*Earlier, I linked to a short Metallica video. Check out also the band’s new site: Mission: Metallica.

*Banksy uncovered!? It might be kind of nice, so we can move on…

*Video: Would you like to hear 50 Cent talk for an hour or more? Now you can! [getty images]

*Last.fm partners with Lollapalooza. They’ll have a Lolla channel and stream some tunes.

*Sort of off topic: On blogging and attribution. I have been waiting until I build up enough goodwill to write an angry screed about proper attributions and etiquette. At this rate, we’re looking at an early 2018 rollout. So read this and this instead.

Video: Fergie sings Heart on American Idol

Sans on-stage urine.

[earsucker]

Links for 3.18.08: Starbucks tunes, Limewire’s legit store, iTunes Unlimited?…

*Limewire is opening its own legal, for-pay music store. (I blogged about this many months ago; now coming to fruition.)

*Would you like to see a large photoset of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch? Read more. [waxy]

*Wayne Barrow, the dude who has been cast in the title role of the forthcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic, has a blog. [cinematical]

*Do you want an iTunes subscription option? iTunes Unlimited. [venture beat] Also – hella cool – how to pause iTunes every time you unplug your headphones, via Lifehacker.

*You probably already know that The Big Lebowski is available in its entirety on Hulu. [kung fu grippe]

*For all your American Idol needs: Rickey.org. [buzzfeed]

*The newest Gnarls Barkley album has moved up the date of its release (to this week) and is now #2 on the iTunes album chart. [idolator]

*Huge trend: BEARDS. Deal with it. BEARDS. [the moment]

*Mod a Rock Band guitar to use a real string.

*The New York Times brings the hate on Starbucks’ musical taste.

*Moby talks a lot. To Pop Candy this time.

*Reminder: You don’t want to go deaf. [brooklyn vegan]