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Links for 9.8.09: Lucinda weds, Britney covers, Hornby namechecks

*Weddings: Lucinda Williams is getting married in Minneapolis – actually, she’s getting married on stage at First Avenue, to former Best Buy executive Tom Overby. [mnspeak]

*Television: Former Defamer editor Mark Lisanti now writes – and WRITES VERY WELL – for Movieline. I especially recommend paying attention to the Mad Men Power Rankings, particularly the Don Draper Fingerbang Threat Level. It can be a volatile metric.

*Culture Jamming: Perhaps you would like to chuckle contentedly at these crosswalk sign hacks. Oh, subversion! I should mention here that I once put a Campbell’s soup can into a Progresso soup in-aisle dispenser. Also, I saw a bunch of high school friends of mine this weekend and they reminded me that I’m 30 lbs overweight. It’s complicated, but this is all related. [neural]

*Comics: Check out these visually arresting remixed comic book covers. Please note: I have never bought a comic book, though I was gifted the first four issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the day. Even upon perusal, I was nonplussed. Yeah, even at a tender age, nonplussed. I was a weird kid.

*Blogging: Nick Hornby namechecks the music blogs he likes to read, including Aquarium Drunkard and Largehearted Boy. So now you know which music blogs to take off your reading list. Or risk becoming more like Nick Hornby.

*Vizzies: The excellent Hierarchy of Digital Distractions helps you categorize what divides your attention. [magnetbox]

*Documentaries: “American Artifact” is a documentary film about rock and roll posters. This is code for “optimized for maximum incontinence.” [coudal]

*Arachnids: David Bowie has a spider named after him. However, irregardless (yes, irregardless) of this fact, David Bowie will henceforth be associated first and foremost with NIPPLE ANTENNAE. Like, that’s his thing now. It just is. It has even trumped his normal space shit and his androgyny and weird teeth. [coudal again!]

*Covers: Britney Spears covers Alanis’ “You Oughta Know.” [idolator]

*Grade: Perpetual F. For Forget comma never. Ever.

Links for 4.8.09: Hype Machine, online attribution, letter from T.S. Eliot…

*Digital music: Hype Machine’s Anthony Volodkin talks about whether Hype Machine is bad for music. “We probably did play a role in the growth and attention that music blogs have received. This changes the dynamics of many things, as bigger audiences tempt the wrong people to do the wrong things (post link bait, poor quality content but in large quantity etc).” [daily swarm]

*Literature: T.S. Eliot – editor at Faber & Faber in 1944 – explains why he rejected George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” [inessential]

*Twitter: There is a race to be the first Twitterer with 1,000,000 followers going on right now, and I am losing. My money, as always, is on Britney. Though John Mayer (or his ghostwriter) is somehow not bad with the medium at all.

*E-retail: Click and wait. I don’t know how to read this language. Netherlandish. (Flemish?) [coudal]

*The internet: Waxy makes internet attribution debates not boring.

*Updates: Six things to read on twitter. (I started looking at the quality of the posts from some Minneapolis Twitterers and I’m scared. And I don’t scare easily.)

*Today’s links: Strong D. STRONG.

Video: “If U Seek Amy” in sign language

Previously, I posted a YouTube video of Rihanna’s “Disturbia” rendered in sign language. Now comes the sign language video for the Britney Spears song “If U Seek Amy,” which presented unique challenges for signing considering the chorus sounds like a young lady spelling out “eff-ewe-cee-kay me.”

Best of luck.

[switchblade comb]

Video: Lily Allen covers “Womanizer” with Lindsay Lohan

[vvc]

Links for 3.22.09: Cassette tape art, Quietube, James Joyce…

*Art: Cassette tape portraits will blow your mind into smithereens. If you are not already crazy. [neatorama]

*Visualize: Your life in dots – a visualization wherein each day of the average Americans’ life is represented as a tiny dot on an expansive grid. [coudal]

*Video: Quietube allows you to watch YouTube videos without all the noise by stripping out a bunch of the background garbage. [daring fireball]

*Department of Forgotten Songs: NYT columnist Rob Walker is still looking for help with his Unconsumption tumblr. This blog – probably among others – did, in fact, mention previously that the tumblr was probably about feeling out the market for his next book, though the comment was as much about tumblr being the ultimate platform to jump into publication these days as it was about his topic in particular. Does anyone out there know anything about consumption and/or blogging who could help him?

*Twitter: Tweleted lets one uncover anyone’s deleted Tweets. Not only do I sometimes later delete tweets because I hate them, I also frequently fix typos, word choice or awkwardness. I refuse to apologize for this and if you have any questions you can sod off. [mashable] Also, here are 4.5 lessons from Twitter. I don’t really know if I learned any of them.

*On Language: The wordplay that brings James Joyce and Britney Spears together has to do with the “If you seek” construction.

*Recession: New Jersey’s Fountains of Wayne (the store) may close. DAMN THIS RECESSION ALL TO HELL. I feel like the caps were overplaying it, but that fixing them would make things even worse.

*Blogging: Eric Carle, author of the timeless classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” has a blog. You may not know this, but “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a metaphor for our current economic meltdown. [buzzfeed]

*Groups: Bandize is one of those online things that helps bands do all the non-rocking part of being a band. [wired]

*Economics: The crisis is far from over, they say. “If the United States follows the norm of recent crises, as it has until now, output may take four years to return to its pre-crisis level. Unemployment will continue to rise for three more years, reaching 11–12 percent in 2011.”

*Dating: Vine-yl, where Music + Wine always = <3. [coudal]

*Today’s links: D. Dry and lacking in proper quips.

Musicians who Twitter

(*Updated November 3, 2009.)

I made Twitter list here.

As everyone knows, Twitter’s people search was non-existent until just recently, and is mediocre even now. Given that, I compiled a VERY SHORT LIST (NOT THE TRADEMARKED KIND) of musicians who Twitter.

I have tried following most of them, and I’ll be honest with you: the majority of them are very, very, very bad at Twittering. I had to quit them. I’m sorry. Shaq is the least musician among them, but perhaps the second-best Twitterer (Jonathan Coulton is easily the best), in a fucked-up zen sort of way.

(If you would rather just follow people who are smart and/or hilarious, go here and scroll to the bottom.) Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and some others did some Twittering for the VMAs a couple years ago and were awful, then quit, so I didn’t include them. Also, I cannot guarantee the authenticity of all of these accounts. There are a lot of fakesters out there, and it’s not difficult to impersonate inanity.

(Also, of course, you can always follow a REAL HUMAN BEING. Just saying.)

Another list here, from Mashable.

AC/DC
Lily Allen
Band of Horses
Sara Bareilles
Bjork
Bloc Party
The Cardinals
Nick Cave
Coldplay
Common
Jonathan Coulton
Rivers Cuomo
Ani Difranco
Snoop Dogg
Lady GaGa
MC Hammer
Imogen Heap
Hot Hot Heat
Talib Kweli
Lil Wayne
Mates of State
Dave Matthews
John Mayer
Muse
Willie Nelson
Oasis
Yoko Ono
Pearl Jam
Shaquille O’Neal
QTip
Questo of the Roots
The Raconteurs
Jay Reatard
John Roderick
Edward Roste
Soulja Boy
Britney Spears
Regina Spektor
John Tesh
John Vanderslice
Patrick Wilson
Tay Zonday

Also: you may visit this ever-expanding spreadsheet for new Twitter musicians.

Here are some other guides to Musicians on Twitter:

Pop Junikie now has a large list of bands on Twitter.
COED magazine has 406 Bands Who Twitter.
Each Note Secure
Drowned in Sound
Pitchfork
Music Twitters

Breaking: Britney Spears is on Twitter

Right when I leave everyone’s favorite microblogging platform, Britney joins? Really? A samples (from the only tweet that appears to have been “written” by Britney herself):

“Can’t wait to release my secret on ET tonight. Are you ready??”

Ms. Spears has also set up a new YouTube channel, with her most recent posting being some riveting, though grainy footage of what appears to be a short bus.

I will try to keep you informed of new developments as they break.

[techcrunch]

Video: Britney Spears’ “Womanizer”

Greasy!

[everywhere]

Links for 9.29.08: Timbaland roars, Britney bangs, and the coming DEPRESSION?

*Green: Conscientious bands are putting out carbon neutral CDs. I have long thought that a network of biodiesel fuel providers with pumps at regional nightclubs is one of the few winning business models in the music business (at least in the mid-term).

*Music: Totally coincidentally to my posting an item about them yesterday, Mates of State recently did an in-studio thing with local radio station 89.3 The Current. You can listen here. Maybe I felt the vibes.

*Disturbing: I guess Britney has a sex tape with that paparazzi dude from a few months back. Guys! This makes me really depressed! Guys?

*Toys: If you thought that The Epidermits toy was scary, check out the 12′ Katy Perry doll.

*Crossover: Sasha Frere-Jones names the most important music producer of our times, DJ Timmy Tim. Oh wait; it’s Timbaland. Whew.

*Interviews: Geek guitar god Jonathan Coulton gets a talking-to from Ars Technica. The man on his business plan: “I will put music on the Internet, something will happen, and then I will make money.”

*Politics: Ebert brings the pain on McCain. Ouch. This is a dude (Ebert) who gave a thumbs up to “The Brown Bunny.” (Not a euphemism.)

*Winners and losers: The only company on the S&P 500 that gained today was Campbell’s soup. BUY CANNED FOOD, EVERYONE. Also, some Jim Beam might not hurt. And maybe shotgun shells.

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.]

Links for 7.16.08: Music+Politics, Kanye’s ghost, Barenaked busts…

*Politics: Wyclef, Kanye and N.E.R.D. are all lined up to perform in Denver at the time of the Democratic National Convention. [the daily swarm] (See previous listenerd post for DNC tunes.)

*Songs: Bodies of Water records a Daytrotter session.

*Transportation: Pandora does up a video of the John Lennon Bus, which teaches school kids about songwriting and music production.

*Hacks: If you even know what a PSP-based homebrew sequencer app is, you will undoubtedly love PSPSeq. Look, I just type this shit, ok?

*Ghostbloggers: Kanye does NOT have one. A short list of people who are definitely NOT Kanye’s ghost blogger (because he doesn’t have one) includes: Marcus Troy. (Also: I am not Kanye’s ghost blogger. Hello? I CAN DO CAPS.)

*Local: Muzzle of Bees does 5 Questions with Twin Cities songstress and Dunn Brothers barista Haley Bonar: “Blogs are weird to me, I haven’t tapped into that scene yet, but I appreciate that they’re there.”

*Arrests: Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies has been arrested for coke possession. [absolute punk]

*Off topic: Andy Dick has been arrested for being a drunken asshole at a Buffalo Wild Wings.

*Local: Listenerd-endorsed Minneapolis music blogger SWITCHBLADE COMB will be appearing on Drinking with Ian on Friday. Maybe you should go.

*NO LINKS: I do not feel like writing about or linking to Hayden Panettiere’s new single, Scarlett Johansson’s covers of The Cure or Britney Spears’ prospective new material. I’m sorry if I’ve failed you.

Links for 7.10.08: 80s cover songs, swastikas online, the ad-supported future…

*Analysis: Silicon Alley Insider’s take on ad-supported music’s chances. (Not great.)

*Music: You can now get exclusive music tracks (legally) from Limewire.

*Festivals: There are a lot of hydration-and-sunscreen guides to rock-and-roll festivals out there. Obviously, the one you want to go with is from the Wall Street Journal.

*Song lyrics: The London Telegraph tried to track down the worst song lyrics ever. The misheard lyrics for Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter” aren’t very good either.

*Inexplicable things: I don’t pretend to understand it, and I do not even know how to create one, but a weird swastika symbol dominated the Google Trends feed there for a couple of hours.

*Covers: Buffet Libre collects covers of 80s songs. I bet most of them are hilariously outmoded! [pop candy]

*Video: What are the 10 most embarrassing music moments caught on tape? Includes Britney at the VMAs. But no sign of the baby dangling incident! [absolute punk]

*Localish: Gothamist interviews The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. “Yeah, people point out blogs that report me being in a bar really wasted when I wasn’t drinking.”

*Hello: Please feel free to tell me that this blog sucks in the comments.

Links for 6.30.08: Converse virals, dropped crotch trousers, Britney returns?

*The New Yorker attends the opening of Adam Yauch’s documentary “Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot.” This magazine story contains a lot of descriptions of text messaging.

*Handheld Shows: It’s kind of like Daytrotter. Or The Take Away Shows. Or Black Cab Sessions. But with lesser-known bands. [rawkblog]

*Local: LAist interviews former Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic singer-songwriter Dan Wilson, talking about his solo album, Free Life: “I think I’ve always aspired to write radically simple songs, using the minimum words, things normal people would say, and the fewest, simplest chords to support the music. It hasn’t always worked out that way but it’s always been in my mind to do that.” [largehearted boy]

*MTV would consider giving Britney a second chance at this year’s VMAs? Gimme?

*This will be my last Converse post. Nice viral, though. Vomit.

*Home brew music applications for the Nintendo DS. [waxy]

*Off topic: There is an article in the New York Times Sunday Styles section about “dropped crotch” trousers that I am unable to find online. Suffice it to say that I like the idea of “dropped crotch” trousers.

Links for 6.14.08: K-fed’s pride, Neil Young’s fuel, hippie dancing!

*Kevin Federline has been named Father of the Year by Prive, a Las Vegas nightclub. Responded Federline: “I’m surprised.”

*For all the wealthy listenerds: Wilson Audio Alexandria X-2 stereo speakers cost $135,000. I don’t know what they sound like. Hopefully like breasts against the window. (No idea.) [GQ 5.08]

*Billboard talks to Neil Young about the upcoming documentary, “CSNY: Deja Vu.” Young says “I’m not really focused on music right now, as far as new music. I have a couple songs in the back of my head, and if they come to the front of my head, I’ll write ’em. But as far as my life goes, I’m totally focused on eliminating roadside refueling.” [largehearted boy]

*The New York Times writes up My Morning Jacket and their new album, “Evil Urges.” The band’s bassist on their success: “Once we played outside of Kentucky I felt like everything was icing on top of a really nice cake.”

*Video: Rolling Stone, with the help of MGMT, is offering up a guide to hippie dancing. Admission: I still don’t know how to hippie dance.

*Zune has opened an exclusive music club in Los Angeles, Zune L.A.

*How to Kill an Earworm: Listen to the whole song or do some math. [lifehacker]

*How it will end for this blog, when the end comes.