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Video: All of Billy Joel’s hits played at once

[the indomitable waxy]

Links for 1.24.09: Chinese hip-hop, Stradivarius science, and I was a “terminal student”

*Foreign affairs: The New York Times on the rise of Chinese hip-hop: “Hip-hop is free, like rock ’n’ roll — we can talk about our lives, what we’re thinking about, what we feel.”

*Science: The secret of Stradivarius violins is in the chemicals – borax, fluorides, chromium – used to protect them from worms. Look, I nearly failed Physics for Retards in high school. Back then they called us “terminal students.”

*Criticism: Considering it’s Slate, I’m surprised they didn’t go with the headline “Why Billy Joel Is the Greatest Singer on Earth.” [poploser]

*Ephemera: MusicThoughts.com. Where you can find music thoughts, free for the taking. [indie music tech]

*Mukluks: Pete Wentz. [fark]

*Twitter: Four things to read.

Links for 7.21.08: Prisoners’ musical tastes, iLike’s expansion, Billy Joel fans speak…

*Business: EMI has a crazy new idea. They may start considering the desires of consumers in how they do business. [koar]

*Retro tech: Cassette tapes still sell like mad. In prisons. There is a captive audience of 2.3 million incarcerated Americans.

*Online: Favtape lets music geeks create mixtapes from their recent Last.fm and Pandora favorites. Forgive me, father, for I have not audioscrobbled in more than a year. And I have not confessed to not audioscrobbling in almost a day. [mashable]

*Social media: iLike now has 30M+ users, and is expanding functionality to include concert promotion ads.

*Interviews: Do you want to hear whooping from some Billy Joel fans at Shea Stadium? I have the video for you. Also, you may want to carefully inspect your priorities. [coudal]

*Criticism: Pitchfork is telling me what the best overlooked albums for 2008 are. I give this list a 7.1. (No idea.)

*Experiments: Paul Westerberg is offering a one-file 43+ minute album (titled 49:00) that costs $.49. I have an Amazon gift certificate, so I just might buy this one! [universal music group]

*The listenerd: A recent comment about this blog read “Thanks to listenerd for the link, which I almost passed over because it looks too random to be valuable….wrong! :)”

*Too random to be valuable since 2007.

Lists: 50 worst songs of all time

What I like about Blender’s fairly predictable (Billy Joel, Toby Keith, Five For Fighting) list of the 50 worst songs of all time has nothing to do with the content. The beauty of it, I think, is that its makers have taken the time to isolate the “Worst Moments” of the worst songs. This level of detail – best parts of songs, worst moments in the worst songs – seems absolutely necessary in a modular age.

Who needs a whole song?
[via Clusterflock, who makes an ad hominem attack on the Black Eyed Peas in the 8 words they spill on the list…]