the listenerd

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Links for 2.21.09: Live air traffic chatter, Bon Iver cover, Beamcast update…

*Podcast: An update on my unyielding quest to secure Sam Beam for an interview for the listenerd’s inaugural podcast. Still no word from Mr. Beam, though I have now figured out my third question for the heavily bearded crooner: “What does the bottom of our current global economic meltdown look like? Is it a W bottom? A V bottom? An L bottom? Thoughts? Thank you.”

*Eavesdropping: Listen to Live Air Traffic Control chatter on LiveATC.net. Why do I find this so appealing? [neural]

*Covers: The Chairs cover Bon Iver’s “Flume” (an MP3). I typed that with my three remaining fingers. [blisslist]

*Data: An examination of more than 300,000 Twitter users puts them into a couple groups (NOT Retweeters vs. Favrders this time) – interacters (those who @ and otherwise talk to each other) and followers/followees. This is only interesting if you are a total loser. I find it fascinating. Well, maybe not this analysis in particular, but the system’s dynamics. Sorry.

*Charts: Andrew Kuo’s charts of Antony & the Johnsons’ “The Crying Light,” Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “Beware,” and Morressey’s “Years of Refusal” for the New York Times. Too much yellow?

*Biz: Songbird’s CEO exits, replaced by the board’s chairman for now.

*Games: Barack Obama is apparently addicted to BrickBreaker, a game yours truly has been known to partake in. To wit –

-Me, reading RSS feeds: “WHOA. Guess who ELSE is addicted to BrickBreaker?”
-Her: “John Hodgman?”
-Me: “Cooler.”
-Her: “Prince?”

Links for 1.31.09: Peakniks, baby BlackBerries, “mellifluous”

*Mixed media: You know how I love mixed media. Unless you accidentally came here through some who-knows-how-relevant search terms. Check out these book covers made for films.

*Coinage: Peakniks = people who believe the best has come and gone. Peak oil, peak carbon, peak debt, peak beer…

*Toys: Your child needs a BlackBerry just as badly as you do. [rob t]

*Topography: Look over this hot dog map of West Virginia. I have never been to West Virginia. And I hate relish. HATE IT.

*Ink: Tattoos of food. FOOD. DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS FOOD. [murketing]

*Twitter: Waxy points out this Google spreadsheet of musicians on Twitter. (Most of them are very bad. I’m just saying.) Wait. Willie Nelson?

*Directory: New Yorker music writer Sasha Frere-Jones offers a directory of people on Twitter. I was unable to identify myself among them. Sad.

*Language: GOOD magazine points to the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. I was going to be pissed if mellifluous wasn’t on there. But then it was.

*Music: This generator allows you to create music from any text file. Is this utter fucking bullshit?

Links for 1.18.09: Obama’s BlackBerry, Springsteen’s album, firefighters’ masks…

*Social music: Last.fm reports 204% growth in U.S. unique visitors for 2008.

*Boss: For those of you who like Bruce Springsteen, you can get hear his new album, “Working on a Dream” in its entirety when it debuts on NPR just before midnight tonight.

*Tools: These vintage firefighters’ masks aren’t some bullshit fictionalized version of a mechanical past. They’re REAL, motherfuckers. And they are awesome. I would also check out this radiowave helmet.

*Midwest: Stereogum points out that one Bon Iver has a new song, “Brackett, WI,” available. From here on, you can cut off a finger every time I mention Bon Iver. (That’s my way of saying I’m sorry.)

*Memorabilia: In efforts to take advantage of this week’s inauguration hype, one company is making necklaces out of portions of recycled ballots from the 2008 elections. It’s also offering framed ballots as posters. (I wonder how much a framed Lizard People ballot from the Minnesota Senate election would fetch.) [treehugger]

*Politics update: Barack Obama: Still smoking. Still using a BlackBerry.

*Twitter: Marvelously pithy. Goodbye.

Links for 11.16.08: Mickey Rourke’s music, Obama’s BlackBerry, Hodgman’s blog…

*Movie music: The Playlist has the almost touching (whaaa?) story of how Mickey Rourke helped secure music from Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen for Darren Aronofsky’s new film “The Wrestler.”

*Kanye: More caps from Kanye in his post titled Who’s Winning, Me or the Media? I have a confession to make. I LOVE CAPS.

*Videogames: The band British Sea Power rates Wii Music vs. Guitar Hero. [largehearted boy]

*Information: Supposedly, presidents can’t use e-mail or text messages because the data eventually becomes public and ultimately presents troublesome security challenges. Ergo, President-Elect Obama has to give up his BlackBerry. Damn, that’d be crippling. Another interesting nugget from this article is that prior to entering the White House, George W. Bush had an AOL email account. It was 1999, but still…

*Blogs: John Hodgman has a new (old ) blog. It’s brown now.

*Single-serve sites: Has Obama Taken Away Your Guns Yet? [ugh. can’t find where I saw this.]

*Reading: If you only read one of today’s links, read the one that leads you to George Packer talking about Obama and the New Liberalism in the New Yorker. It is this one.

Links for 8.14.08: Second Life soars, Bono snorts, Obama’s picks…

*Metaverse: A blues musician from Second Life, Von Johin, has signed a record deal in the real world. The dude does weekly virtual-world shows, and is interviewed about his success here. No word on if he is into Furries.

*Snorting: Bono snorts salt. OK, now you are trying to rehabilitate him in my eyes? YOU FUCKERS.

*Tourist traps: Paul McCartney and George Harrison’s sister might open a Beatles museum in Branson, Missouri. Let me tell you something about Branson, Missouri: I’m scared of it. Very scared.

*Lists: What are Barack Obama and John McCain’s Top 10 Favorite Songs? Politically savvy lists. Both cite Sinatra. A little too much Springsteen and U2 for my tastes, but then again, American hates me.

*Politics: Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using his song, “Running on Empty” in a commercial without permission.

*Fashion: Blackberry earrings. (Warning: these are NOT real Blackberries.) Also: It would be hard to see if the little red light was blinking while you were wearing them. [shiny shiny]

*Law: Prince will not allow the Singing Dentist to put his own version of “Purple Rain” on his debut album. Admission: I haven’t been to the dentist in about 20 months. I thought you should know. [getty images]

More links (7.14.08): Prince’s skills, iPhone sales, your carbon footprint…

*Green: If you are willing to calculate your carbon footprint, you can get a free Radiohead live track. I planted a tree last month. Apropos of nothing.

*Video: Animated music video of Flairs’ “Better Than Prince.” [mnspeak]

*TV: Shepard Fairey pimps for Dexter. I like posters.

*Tech: Apple sold 1M 2nd-generation iPhones in its first weekend.

*Magazines: July / August is the Believer‘s music issue. Admission: Last year I gave them a pity subscription (they were short on cash), but this year I let it lapse. I’m just trying to be honest here, readers. [idolator]

*Street art: Banksy may have been unmasked. I’m betting that I’m under some sort of contractual obligation as someone with a blog to mention this? [waxy]

*Note: I took the above picture FROM A MOVING CAR WITH MY BLACKBERRY, YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!111

Links for 4.2.08: MySpace Music, Soulja Boy analysis, Kanye Travel…

*MySpace settles with Universal Music; is now readying a launch its own music service. [silicon alley insider]

*Kanye Travel: Yes, Kanye West has a travel site. But he still does not offer full RSS feeds.

*Are you ready for an iPod that holds 20 million songs? I happen to be. [hypebot]

*Guitar Hero: The guitars look different now.

*PopMatters analyses the Soulja Boy phenomenon: “Like Peanuts, the panes of Soulja’s comic world are eerily absent of parental figures.” [ypulse]

*Perez Hilton is boycotting SonyBMG. [listening post]

*There will be a sequel of MTV’s Tila Tequila’s dating series.

*The New Kids on the Block: They release a group photo, it makes news?

*Chocolate Rain in Mario Paint Composer. [fimoculous]

*Madonna goes to bed with her Blackberry. (Maybe she’s trying to rehab her image? Because this is a sign of normality.) [huffpo]

*From Waxy comes Porn for the Blind.

*Right now, Dolly Parton is singing about Jesus on American Idol, in front of probably the largest television audience of the week.

Just 3 links for 3.12.08

*Sperm for Tickets: “We need sperm donations, you need festival tickets.” I love it? [xrrf]

*Puretracks will soon let Blackberry users download DRM-free music? I have a Pearl.

*Gibson is suing Guitar Hero for patent infringement. [paidcontent]

*The low number of links is due to my exhaustion. But I will not be destroyed.

Links for 3.8.08: Naughty librarians, PowerPoint Karaoke, the Power of the Pearl…

*Study says dancehall music leads to sex. Or seizures. [getty images]

*Read Barack Obama’s thank you letter to Shepard Fairey for the posters he designed. [good]

*Lil Wayne is pimping Strapped condoms. [idolator]

*I have been on the receiving end of much denigration for my purchase of a Blackberry Pearl. But what will my detractors be saying after I join Will.I.Am’s social network, Dipdive.

*Dead Buddy speakers. The perfect complement to the Voodoo knife holder.

*200k musicians are using iLike’s Universal Artist Dashboard? High.

*The Future of Music Coalition has lined up Wilco and Bright Eyes, among others to rock for Net Neutrality. [peefork]

*PowerPoint karaoke: Present a random deck of slides to a group of bored onlookers. It’s like every week of my job, but for fun. [adverlab]

*San Francisco readers: There’s a Naughty Librarians’ Convention happening today in your city. Just saying. [laughing squid]