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Video: Mashup of SpongeBob and Journey’s Arnel Pineda

Is this really the Arnel Pineda version of “Faithfully”? AM I REALLY OUT OF MY MIND?


Links for 2.1.09: Journey’s Pineda, Norm Coleman and The Big Fix…

*The Economy: The economy is fucked. Here’s a long NYT magazine article on “The Big Fix,” Obama’s options in reforging America’s institutions.

*Journey: Arnel Pineda, Journey’s new lead singer, rocked the faces of America’s corporate elite at the Super Bowl pre-game. According to reliable sources. Well, sources.

*Mixes: The Daily Swarm interview’s Justin Ouliette on the new Muxtape – “If you’re a band, Muxtape will be the place to do all these things as a complete alternate to MySpace. Or if nothing else, as an alternative to having a web geek in your band.” Sorry, web geeks.

*Football: You can rate Super Bowl commercials at Thummit. (Re-watch them here, too.) [somewhat frank]

*Writing: Remembering John Updike at the New Yorker. I never knew him.

*Twitter: How Twitter Was Born.

*Local: Norm Coleman vs. Rod Blagojevich. Wow. “I can’t think of a good reason why Rod Blagojevich has become the most hated man in America while Norm Coleman still walks the streets with his head held high.” [minnpost]

Miscellaneous year-end listenerd bullshit: 2008

Hello, it is the end of the year, and for an unknown reason you are reading the listenerd. Welcome.

First, I would like to warn you that this will be painfully boring. Because it will not be about Fergie peeing her pants. Or anyone else peeing his or her pants. Unless I pee my pants in the very, very near future. What it will instead be about is anything falling under the broad category of “Miscellaneous year-end listenerd bullshit: 2008.”

Second: business time. Many thanks to the fine readers who have come here and read things over the past year. Even to those who have come searching for pornographic materials. Sorry. Thanks also to those who have commented, sent e-mails, twittered, etc. Regards.

Thanks also to the fine bloggers who link here, e-mail interesting tidbits or angry words, make “social media connections” through various inanely named, platform-specific means (poking, nudging) or slap me directly across the face in person. Particular propers for general 2008 awesomeness go to: Startling Moniker, ControlRoom, Blisslist, Urlesque, Switchblade Comb, Idolator, The Daily Swarm and Spin City, and several others that I have doubtless omitted.

Stats: Please note that I am not a multinational corporation, nor am I Web 2.0 platform that is harnessing the power of crowds, nor do I have a payroll for this endeavor. Instead, I am a single human being, blogging with a singularity of purpose that is known only to one person in the universe. (My job is to find that person, and to kill him.)

Despite these facts, the ‘nerd is now up to 1,657 posts, almost half of them mediocre.

The top five posts for the year, in order NOT of stupidity, but rather in order of pageviews:
1) Censored nude dance party.
2) Famous people who Twitter.
3) Arnel Pineda’s Embassy Aid Speaks.
4) The Believin’ has not stopped.
5) Lil’ Nutzzak’s “(You Make Me So) Hard”.

An analysis of which goes to show you:

1) I am an idiot.
2) Why am I doing this again?
3) People like sex.
4) People like new Journey frontman Arnel Pineda.
5) People like following famous people (who are, as a rule, TERRIBLE twitterers) on Twitter.

The three most clicked-upon links for the year were…

1) Henry Rollins’ purported Twitter account. (Now dead.)
2) Diablo Cody’s purported Twitter account.
3) Snoop Dogg’s Twitter account.
Side note: Why did Snoop Dogg purchase an umbrella?
Answer: Fo Drizzle.

Finally, I offer you my personal favorite items posted on this blog this year. They have nothing to do with anything, except what I happen to like right now. Please note: I have had a Surly Furious, a glass of wine and a Legacy Chocolates truffle. All within the last 15 minutes. Also, I am bald.

1) Recommendations and anti-recommendations.
2) The Oh, Fuck It Edition.
3) Flying Wang Attacks Kasparov.
4) Mashup review: Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals”.

Thank you – sincerely – once again for your patronage this year (if applicable), and (once again) regards forever.


Links for 11.11.08: Journey rules, “Chinese” reviewed, Live Nation sells…

*Journey: Power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” is DOMINATING digital music. The Journey song is the biggest seller on iTunes. And though the Guardian says the band “has Tony Soprano to thank for it,” bloggers who watch their incoming traffic know the band has Arnel Pineda to thank for much of their online success. And that is a FACT. [licensing plate]

*MP3s: Live Nation will sell MP3s from Sony Music, Universal Music Group and EMI. [listening post]

*Concerts: One Radiohead concert filmed with 12 cameras. [largehearted boy]

*Neologisms: Thumbnail goggles – “Effect whereby a person seems more attractive in a thumbnail than in a much larger image or in person.” OK, so this is what I’m going for.

*Reviews: Says Rolling Stone of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” it “is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.” [fimoculous]

*Things people hate: The SlotMusic player costs only $20 and stores 1GB of music. If they start selling/giving away music-filled SD cards at McDonald’s, it could work.

*Backlash: Fuck Norris Facts. “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He passes out after two wine coolers.” [mefi]

*Blogging: Has Kanye West been stealing other people’s blog posts? And is he stealing from the people who have been stealing his music? Because that would give me a headache.

*Morphing: If Wu-Tang members were NBA players. Link comes complete with WICKED MORPHING FACES.

*Trips: It turns out, I am going to CES this year for the day job. Pray for my health, please. And my sanity. But mostly my health.

Arnel Pineda does not hate being in Journey

Despite quotes to the contrary in a recent issue of Rolling Stone (an American magazine that apparently covers music), Journey’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, does not hate being in the band. Quotes Rolling Stone: “It’s a fantastic job, but at the same time it’s a curse.”

Mr. Pineda said has comments about the “days I just break down and cry” were taken out of context.

And he is angry about it. Please stay tuned for more breaking Arnel Pineda news as it happens.

Video: Arnel Pineda and the “Journey curse”

Links for 9.17.08: Journey in Mpls, top gay albums, R. Kelly’s insanity…

*Concerts: PEOPLE! LISTEN! Journey was in town last night. Review here, but word on the street is that a very young-looking Arnel Pineda “ran his fingers through his hair for 1.5 hours straight.” [jenna]

*Infographics: “The Gay Plot” shows the venn diagram of Out‘s Top 25 Gay Albums, Rolling Stone‘s Top 25 Greatest Albums and The Guardian‘s Top 25 Albums. Hint: The Velvet Underground. [tobs]

*Television: R. Kelly is a nutball. 19-year-old girls are inbounds, he reminds us via an interview with BET.

*Wi-fi: Zune owners get free wi-fi under the Golden Arches. I don’t got to McDonald’s and I don’t own a Zune. I’m just telling you this so you don’t think I only blog about shit I like. [medialoper]

*Reviews: Soulja Boy reviews the videogame Braid. New dances, videogame reviews – the man is indefatigable. And also, rich. And he has a lot of time on his hands.

*Internet stupidity: Rick Astley comments on rickrolling. [urlesque]

*E-mail: Sarah Palin uses Yahoo! mail. Weird? Also, I have it on good authority that she has a one-armed dentist. (Not kidding.) Related.

*Local: Husker Du’s Bob Mould is working on his autobiography. Additionally, I am too lazy to figure out umlauts. [earfarm]

Video: Arnel Pineda and Journey do “Faithfully” live

From Monday night in Saratoga, NY. This is not Steve Perry. It is a 40-year-old dude from the Philippines.

Reviews: People like Arnel Pineda

A review of Journey’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda of the Philippines, from the Hampton Roads: “His voice had an uncanny resemblance in tone to that of Perry, and it soared, hitting the high notes with ease, which was a challenging effort on passionate ballads like ‘Faithfully’ and ‘Open Arms.'”

Video: “Journey at the Center of the Earth” – a mashup

Too bad it was not Arnel Pineda in there.


Links for 7.25.08: MySpace music, Minneapolis style, Limewire legalese…

*Social media: MySpace music slated to launch in September. I do not have a MySpace. (Note that I did not botch the vernacular by saying “MySpace PAGE.”) [earfarm]

*Photos: A collection of photos from Fleet Foxes recent show at First Ave’s 7th Street Entry from More Cowbell. I am old.

*Local: The Minneapoline on [mediation]

*Attention, Arnel Pineda fans: There is a Journey MP3 player now. [bb gadgets]

*Law: Limewire does not believe that litigation is a good digital media strategy.

*Automotive: Truck antlers. (As I have mentioned many times — though not on this blog — I took my current job for one reason and one reason only: Truck Nutz. [antlers via coudal]

Links for 7.18.08: MTV’s discovery, Waits <3’s Elliot, Barack headed to Lolla?

*Discovery: MTV launches its own music discovery tool, SoundTrack. In approximately 1.5 years, I will be beyond the age of discovery, and will only listen to the songs of my youth. [ypulse]

*Lists: 25 Things You May Not Know About Tom Waits – “His favourite contemporary artist is Missy Elliot.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Barack Obama to appear at this year’s Lollapalooza?

*Videogames: Rock Band will offer more than 500 songs by the end of the year.

*Videogames: Carriers prepare to roll out cellphone versions of Guitar Hero. [textually]

*Social: gets a makeover. Forgive me; it has been almost a year since I last scrobbled.

*Journey: The Las Vegas Review-Journal profiles listenerd obsession Arnel Pineda. Yes, I am verifiably insane.

*Off topic: What are the 10 greatest misspelled tattoos? “Only God will Juge Me.” [mefi]

*Gone: I am going into the Northwoods, to the land of the Watersmeet Nimrods, where blogs dare not go. I will return at a later date, filled with beer and cheese, and wearing camouflage.

Update: Arnel Pineda is “as close as one can get to being…Steve Perry”

I don’t know what that means, exactly, but the Deseret News must. Also: there is an image gallery of a recent Journey concert.

It appears that Mr. Pineda wears sneakers.

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: