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Links for 4.10.10: 70 Tips for Better Abs and Also Better Ads

*Words: John McWhorter analyzes Palinspeak in The New Republic. You may find this terrifying. [harper’s]

*Vinyl: Some bands have messages scratched into what’s called the run off groove of their vinyl records. I was unaware of this prior to having read this post. [mefi]

*Facebook: The social network is the best scamming platform since the tell-ay-fone. 40,000 users fell prey to a recent (second) IKEA gift-card scam.

*Fiction: Sonny Smith undertook a project wherefore he “created” 100 fictional bands, and got 100 different artists to create album art for them – it’s called “100 Records.” [murketing]

*Twitter: Here’s Leonard Nimoy tweeting at William Shatner, and here’s Ice T tweeting at Aimee Mann. Just what is going on here?

*Concerts: James Fallows brings together a huge post on Bob Dylan’s troubles getting a concert tour in China. This is a cultural mashup on the level of Aimee Mann and Ice T, but much, much longer.

*Books: On Philip K. Dick. “There‘s something about the essence of his writing that creates that feeling. And I think it‘s still creating it for let‘s say the 14-year-old equivalent of Erik Davis or Jonathan Lethem, who‘s discovering this book in the shiny expensive Vintage paperback editions.”

*Local: The xx came to the studios of The Current. I have previously referred to them as xx, but I have never referred to the radio station as Current. More on listenerdspeak as it develops.

*Today’s links: F. Non sequiturs? I barely knew them. Any of them.

Links for 4.2.09: Band names, incorrect futures, random word stimulation…

*Twitter: That’s our new band – A twitterstream of band names. [buzzfeed]

*The Future: Wrong Tomorrow is a database of predictions (often by high-profile experts) along with their outcomes. I bet this thing goes HUGE! (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) [magnetbox]

*Ideas: Most of the listenerd content is generated through use of “Random Word Stimulation.” Safe for Motherfucking Work.

*Music 2.0: Read MediaFuturist for a take on why Google’s move into music in China is a big one. Platforms. Clouds. You know the drill here.

“Google will simply provide the platform where music can be turned into money, by connecting the user with the content they want right where they already are (i.e. the search page), while gradually but aggresively monetizing their presence and their clicks via 3rd party payments – and this does not mean just ads.”

*Analysis: If you were a fan of MGMT’s “Kids,” or even if you’re just a fan of remixing it or blogging about it, possibly over and over again, you may enjoy reading this compositional analysis of the song. [earfarm]

*Vinyl: Record fans should consider checking out Vinyl Frontier on Etsy for old-school journals that integrate vinyl. [josh spear]

*Streaming: Neil Young’s “Fork in the Road’ is streaming on MySpace now. He sings about his car a lot. I drive a 2000 Honda Civic. When I don’t take the bus. FYI. [pop candy]

*Followup: Here’s a longer article from Billboard about the Jayhawks reuniting, which I mentioned (and linked to a Decider story) the other day.

*Today’s links: C-. Not enough focus.

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 11.29.08: 70s rock homes, 93X’s Pablo, videogame addictions…

*More lists: Each year Largehearted Boy keeps an impressive collection of year-end Best Of music lists. Here’s the aggregated list of music lists for 2008.

*Addiction: The vast majority of people who think they’re addicted to videogames – at least enough to seek treatment for it – aren’t. I had a bad Desktop Tower Defense habit for about 6 days, but I broke it when the new Surly seasonal came out. [neural]

*Piano: The New York Times profiles Chinese piano man Lang Lang. I can’t remember ever having been to a Times Topics page before. Does that make me retarded?

*Dwell: Take a little tour of the homes of 70s rock musicians and their parents.

*Genre: Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker on hip-hop artist Steven Ellison, “Reckoner” remixes and fractal hip-hop.

*Holiday weekend question: What would you name your imaginary band? (A: The Sweatpant Boners.)

*Local: Now seems as good a time as any to tell you this – 93X’s Pablo, famous for his Get Trashed Tuesdays, I understand – lives on my block. He has a nice boat.

Google’s music search goes live in China

Check out Top100.cn, where one can find licensed tunes he or she can download for free. Confession: I can’t read a lick of Chinese. Details are available at PaidContent.

Links for 8.4.08: Lollapalooza sounds, Walkmen recordings, $.03 cent tunes…

*Listen: The Walkmen have recorded a Daytrotter session. OF COVERS. [music slut]

*Downloads: Largehearted Boy has started a page aggregating downloads from Lollapalooza 2008. If you were too old to go. Also: Here are some videos of Wilco playing Lollapalooza.

*Keyboards: Mental Floss has collected 5 legendary musical keyboards, including the Mellotron and the Minimoog.

*Television: Fleet Foxes is on Letterman tonight. Or is that Fleet Foxes are on Letterman tonight? Whatever it is, it will be hippie. [three imaginary girls]

*Digital strategy: One Chinese music platform, Wawawa, is selling tracks at $.03 apiece to combat piracy. Too expensive? Variety has a little more on the plan. [wiredset]

*Goodbye: Social.fm has closed. I hate most of them. There are a lot of social media sites out there. That is all I will say about the situation at present.

*Hardware: Skullcandy has made an iPod dock that looks like a pipe.

*Local: If you aren’t drinking Prairie Vodka, organic and packed in corn, you need to order yourself a Prairie+Tonic. Or a prairie fire. Except made with vodka. OK; I’m done. (I was in no way coerced – positively or negatively to post this – I happen to love corn kernels as packaging. Thank you.) [minnpost, though about a week after it hit my inbox from 3 other sources…]

Video: Lang Lang plays Mozart with an orange

Again, from Mr. Remnick’s Lang Lang article this week in the New Yorker.

Links for 8.2.08: Raising McCain, Sa Dingding, Amazon’s MP3s…

*Profile: The Christian-Science Monitor highlights China’s biggest pop star, Sa Dingding, whose music is described as synthy electronica, quirky and sometimes experimental. She’s currently making a push into the West, and has gotten some attention via the BBC.

*Healthcare: Amy Winehouse has been released from the hospital. What was she in for, you ask? Being Amy Winehouse. And now I’m sad.

*Clips: The Wall Street Journal looks at Conor Oberst’s new album, Conor Oberst.

*The Times profiles Sub Pop on the occasion of its 20th birthday. “Their last anniversary bash in 2003 was promoted as ‘Sub Pop’s 15th Anniversary – Ten Years of Great Music’.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Country singer John Rich of Big & Rich has written a song, “Raising McCain,” in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Rich also has a writing credit on the politically charged Big & Rich polemical, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” [daily swarm]

*Money matters: CNNMoney looks at the Amazon MP3 store, and analyzes its chances against Apple and iTunes, with specific attention given to Amazon’s deal with the imminent MySpace Music initiative. I’m a huge Apple fan, but the Amazon MP3 store’s overall user experience and value is currently superior to that of iTunes. Best of luck in your future endeavours.

Video: Gorillaz dudes create animation for Beijing Olympics

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An animation featuring Monkey and friends headed to the Beijing Olympics by the Gorillaz team of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewitt, this was broadcast on BBC TV in the UK. [slamhype]

Links for 7.6.08: Band as brands, Darnielle on Sabbath, MP3 blog mania…

*Is treating artists like brands really the future of music? (Especially considering treating brands like brands is a practice that’s sort of out of vogue.)

*Nerve interviews The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on his Black Sabbath novella, Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality: “I thought about pitching stuff that was lots heavier, but I thought, one, I came late to most of it except for Celtic Frost and Megadeth, and two, you got to get Sabbath out of the way first.” [largehearted boy]

*Peruse: A very large list of MP3 blogs, broken out by category. [mediaeater] Also from the indomitable Mediaeater comes TasteKid, a recommendation engine for music, movies and books.

*Inventions: A nanotube radio receiver – created from a single carbon nanotube, these things could swim in the human bloodstream. “We have already used the nanotube radio to receive and play music from FM radio transmissions such as Layla by Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominos) and the Beach Boy’s Good Vibrations.” [neatorama]

*The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross tours the Chinese classical music scene: Classical music draws huge crowds in China, and more young people are training, but Ross says commerce, art, and politics are keeping the scene a messy one.

*Off topic: The 50 Worst Sex Scenes in Cinema. Get the butter. And the popcorn (I guess?). Hello?

Links for 2.15.08: will.i.am’s future, Google’s music, Spore’s sound…

*Holy buzzword watch: Google, ad-supported, drm-free, music, China.

*The Alternative Consumer tracks down some chic and eco coasters – made from record holes. I want.

*will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas claims that mobile music is the future. This is the man who sang “if it smells like elephant shit, it must be us.” Fair warning.

*The music generating algorithm (whaa?) for much-anticipated videogame Spore was created in part by Brian Eno. [listening post]

*Read: a mock Diablo Cody script. Annotated for your pleasure. [defamer]