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Links for 2.5.09: David Simon, Jonathan Coulton and Avril Lavigne (no idea)

*Business: More music labels are finding success (or at least seeing opportunity) licensing their music to mobile games. FACT: I can’t stop playing BrickBreaker on my BlackBerry. And I hate my BlackBerry. And BrickBreaker. And myself.

*Magazines: The Wire‘s David Simon is writing Talk of the Town pieces for the New Yorker now, I guess? His recent blurb about the death of William Zantzinger, the killer of Hattie Carroll was decent, but felt more unfocused than his trademark “novelistic,” given the context.

*Don’t Be Evil: Is Google disappearing the posts of some MP3 bloggers? (I love the Russian-era feel of “disappearing” as a verb. Though I guess you could argue that it feels more New Jersey mob. ) [medialoper]

*Superstardom: Jonathan Coulton tells you how to become a world-famous musician in Popular Science. I saw him play at a Hodgman reading and with all due respect to Mr. Coulton, his on-stage wattage didn’t hold a candle to that of the pale, pudgy one. [lhb]

*Blips: ContentNext revisits 10 songs that have reshaped the digital world, from Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” (the top-watched video on YouTube) to Radiohead’s freebies. [daily swarm]

*Twitter: Twiturm is another little application that allows you to share your music via Twitter. (I don’t like to use Twitter this way!!!! I’m an idiot!) Also, you may want to check out Drowned in Sound’s guide to musicians on Twitter. Everyone is a comedian. Or a blogger. Or what the fuck ever.

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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?

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 7.20.08: Avril’s “Girlfriend,” Improving Shakespeare, Girl Talk in the Times…

*YouTube: It is done. Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” has passed “The Evolution of Dance” on YouTube’s all-time most-watched list. The oligarchs are on top again and all is right with the world. Some boring, related money matters from Listening Post here. Let us hope the grass-roots effort to put “Evolution” back on top fails, as I am just starting to get used to the world as it should be.

*Retail: Unsigned musicians will now have more opportunity to sell their music through Best Buy. [koar]

*Literature: Ryan Adams has signed a book deal. It will hit shelves in 2009. No one knows what it will be about, but I know this: I will not read it, no matter what happens on this Earth. [absolute punk]

*Projects: Rufus Wainwright is setting William Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. Huge improvement? [largehearted boy]

*Law: Should music copyright last 5 years? I ask you this because I care.

*Britney has ceded full custody of her kids to K-Fed. This makes me sad.

*Jail: DMX got arrested again. For identity theft. Seriously, are you trying to depress the fuck out of me?

*Mashups: The New York Times‘ Consumed column (by Rob Walker) is about Girl Talk this week. If you need me, my head will be in the toilet.

*Tattoos: Neutral Milk Hotel. Goodbye, forever. (Wait. Should this have been in that list of misspelled tattoos? Or not?) [Also: this is not my arm.]

Videos: Avril Lavigne nears YouTube’s all-time mark

Avril Lavigne’s video “Girlfriend” is now fewer than 300k views (out of more than 91M total) away from overtaking “The Evolution of Dance” as YouTube’s all-time most-viewed clip.

You can frame this contest as new vs. old, mainstream media vs. user-generated content, young vs. old, men vs. women or dumb vs. dumber. But you must frame the contest. And then you must vote. By watching one of these. Or not watching either. This is a funny video, as well. GOODBYE!

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Links for 6.25.08: Avril’s hit, animatronic love, Ali’s shades…

*Video: The previously featured Chuck E. Cheese animatronic band plays Usher’s “Love in the Club.” [buzzfeed]

*Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” is poised to take over the top spot on YouTube’s most-viewed list. Though not without controversy. I must reluctantly admit that I have contributed to this record by watching the video once. OK, twice.

*Bright idea: A lamp made out of clear cassette tapes. [geeksugar]

*Kanye puts Kanye glasses on Muhammad Ali. Ouch.

*Test: An ultra-simple music recommendation engine based on one’s Last.fm profile: It told me to listen to Miracle Fortress and Underworld. I will try. [wiredset]

*The New York Times says that live music may be where the money is. Thank you! [medialoper]

*Fairly awesome DIY guitar picks: a photoset. [bb]

*Fashion: Vinyl headgear. It’s all the rage.

Play with this: Gracenote’s Music Maps

Gracenote offers up a flash tool, this Music Map, which allows users to zoom in on geographic regions and examine the locals’ musical tastes.

Where I’m at: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jack Johnson, U2, Metallica. (Despite what the data may here show, I am in Minnesota [2008], NOT the bedroom of my 15-year-old self [well, sans Jack Johnson].)

Compare to top artists for Kazakhstan: Linkin Park, Enigma, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.