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Links for 11.19.08: Palin as poet?, Snoop as chef?, Playgirl R.I.P….

*Politics and literature: Should Sarah Palin be the country’s Poet Laureate? In my opinion, she should not be. [largehearted boy]

*Video: Snoop Dogg appears on Martha Stewart, here making a world-famous version of “Cognac Mashed Potatoes.” Presumably to be paired with Gin and Juice.

*Wait: Current.com has partnered with The Take Away Shows for some stuff? How did I not know this before or what am I missing?

*Obits: Sorry, everyone. Playgirl has closed its doors. (The link has a hilarious pic of dudes wearing neckties.) [spin city]

*Yahoo!: Yahoo!, as you may recall, has scrapped its online music store, but they are pressing hard to create a music community. Though apparently not by contacting insanely prolific bloggers directly.

*Guns: If you want Guns n’ Roses’ long-awaited album “Chinese Democracy,” the bloggers say it’s up and around. Chuck Klosterman reviews the album. And wears a crazy beard.

*Beards: Best Week Ever graciously collects a photo montage of some of the beards that appeared at the premiere for the movie Milk.

*More hair: Pete Wentz comments on his grooming habits: “The manscaping? Honestly, I felt slightly overgrown in those pictures. If I had taken them for public consumption, I would have done it differently – groomed a little closer, better lighting.” Sean Combs, take note.

*Note: One thing I despise (mostly about myself) is going through my feed reader in the morning, starring a bunch of items as “To Be Blogged” than finding that the world has blogged them all repeatedly by the evening. It’s tragic, really.

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Links for 11.11.08: Journey rules, “Chinese” reviewed, Live Nation sells…

*Journey: Power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” is DOMINATING digital music. The Journey song is the biggest seller on iTunes. And though the Guardian says the band “has Tony Soprano to thank for it,” bloggers who watch their incoming traffic know the band has Arnel Pineda to thank for much of their online success. And that is a FACT. [licensing plate]

*MP3s: Live Nation will sell MP3s from Sony Music, Universal Music Group and EMI. [listening post]

*Concerts: One Radiohead concert filmed with 12 cameras. [largehearted boy]

*Neologisms: Thumbnail goggles – “Effect whereby a person seems more attractive in a thumbnail than in a much larger image or in person.” OK, so this is what I’m going for.

*Reviews: Says Rolling Stone of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” it “is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.” [fimoculous]

*Things people hate: The SlotMusic player costs only $20 and stores 1GB of music. If they start selling/giving away music-filled SD cards at McDonald’s, it could work.

*Backlash: Fuck Norris Facts. “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He passes out after two wine coolers.” [mefi]

*Blogging: Has Kanye West been stealing other people’s blog posts? And is he stealing from the people who have been stealing his music? Because that would give me a headache.

*Morphing: If Wu-Tang members were NBA players. Link comes complete with WICKED MORPHING FACES.

*Trips: It turns out, I am going to CES this year for the day job. Pray for my health, please. And my sanity. But mostly my health.

Links for 10.23.08: Bono writes, Dr. Pepper flows, I sing…

*Free things: Please follow this link if you want to learn details about claiming your free “Chinese Democracy” Dr. Pepper. (You must get your coupon on November 23.) If you would like to read an IM conversation between a music blogger and an artificial intelligence program about “Chinese Democracy,” I salute you for at least having a sense of adventure. Also, I love chatting with artificial intelligence software.

*Editorials: Bono wil be writing between 6 and 10 articles for the New York Times op-ed page next year. Consider my subscription cancelled. And consider my IRE RAISED. [huffpo]

*Remixes: Spin names the top 25 MGMT remixes. I have been waiting for this list a long time. [fimoculous]

*Blogs and music: A New York Times music writer lets bloggers pick his music. He then listens to 25 consecutive MGMT remixes. (Actually, it’s for CMJ, but whatever.)

*Art: AC/DC’s new music video (for “Rock N Roll Train”) has been released as ASCII art, in an Excel spreadsheet. Shouldn’t it have been, like, Sigur Ros to do this? I don’t see a lot of alignment between the core AC/DC fan and this medium. Hello? Above all, it seems like a huge coup for Excel. [mashable]

*For your information: Does it surprise you that I’m a huge John Hodgman fan? The A.V. Club interviews the man about his new book, “More Information than You Require.”

Says Hodgman: “Very quickly the proposal for the second book crystallized in my mind. And that proposal was basically more of the same but twice as long. And that’s where I got with the second book. It’s not quite twice as long, but it is considerably and needlessly longer, and that is something I really like.” [largehearted boy]

*Admission: I participated in a Sing Star event earlier this week at which I sang Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Girl Put Your Records On” in a monotonic falsetto. Some scars will never heal.

Links for 10.16.08: Our Dr. Pepper, Radiohead’s pot of gold, Eminem’s Relapse…

*Freebies: Dr. Pepper confirms that we will all get free cans of the strange-tasting soda due to the release of Guns ‘N Roses’ long-awaited “Chinese Democracy” this year. Spin leads us to the album’s song list and album art. [vulture]

*Internecine war: MGMT hates the Brooklyn music scene. “My least favorite part is that it doesn’t really exist.” Do you ever see Kanye use the word internecine? EVER???? (OK, what about his ghost blogger? Again, no.)

*Experiments: Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” made more money than “Hail to the Thief.” I paid three bucks for it, and I don’t really feel that bad!!!! OK, a little bad. I’m Catholic. Kind of.

*Comebacks: Eminem releases a new song, “I’m Having a Relapse.

*Videogames: Look at some screenshots of Wii Music. Someday, I will be allowed to have a videogame system. And then I will be a real boy. (HOLY: IS THIS A MODERN REFRESH OF AN AGE-OLD DISNEY SCREENPLAY WAITING TO BE WRITTEN OR WHAT??)

*Travel: Vegas.com adds a page for all the douchebags out there. (Thank you, Vegas!) [tobs]

*Off topic: Green superblog Grist interviews Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken. “Resources such as biomass and wind are waiting to be tapped to their full potential. But more importantly, we have innovation and creativity and brainpower.”

Recommendations and anti-recommendations: an irregular service

I am going to continue saying eff it to the usual ‘nerd format and offer a few recommendations and anti-recommendations tonight. Thank you for your indulgence.

After this, I will return to a music-heavy playlist, while keeping the more textured parts of my mind’s life hidden, far from view. Thank you and regards.

Recommendations
Blogs about or sometimes addressing music. You probably know about them, but I don’t care.
The Daily Swarm: Nice layout.
Switchblade Comb: Local Minneapolis blog with irrepressible content flow.
Hipster Runoff: So angry it sometimes scares me.
Metal Sucks: So passionate it sometimes scares me. And for metal.

Things (general):
-Bad Banana’s twitterstream: Jokes about North Korea and the Final Meltdown (economic).
-Google hot trends: I don’t care if it’s Google, I don’t care if it’s easy to game, I don’t care if everyone knows about it. I’m addicted.
FiveThirtyEight: Political polls – PRETTY ONES – and other data crunched in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Surly Furious: A beer for people who are angry. Or those who would like to become so.
Free Dr. Pepper
George Packer: NYer blogger.
-Most of Clive Thompson‘s mainstream media articles: His blog is like a ghost town. Or sawdust. Depending on the scope of the metaphor you want to use.

Things I am compelled by conscience to recommend:
-The Jobby Blog
-The partnership blog: As you can see on Culture Capture, I have a huge forehead. And, at least in this picture, am a total square.
Latino L.A.: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not Latino. Actually, maybe my mother would be.

Anti-recommendations
-Black mead: Never drink it. NEVER. It tastes like mushrooms.
-Mighty Magic Minis Popsicles: I don’t care if you are two years old, these things are a BAD DEAL.
Batter Blaster: Consistency? Not good.
-Most of Virginia Heffernan’s columns in the New York Times magazine. I usually disagree with the premise! And the execution. But usually, the way the idea is framed. And, I guess, not so much “disagree,” but rather “think is wrong.” Sad.

I have most probably forgotten a thousand things. And for that I apologize. Or perhaps you are relieved. There is always tomorrow – or some day years and years off into the future.

Links for 10.13.08: M.I.A.’s child, AC/DC’s pop, Beastie votes…

*The circle of life: M.I.A. is pregnant. All of the retirement / engagement / etc. stuff makes sense now. If I may here loosely define “sense.”

*Money: AC/DC is second only to the Beatles in album sales (with 26.4 million total), ahead of the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. They’re also doing the digital music thing on their own (weird) terms. Unrelated: Who’s got the biggest balls of them all? Kellen Winslow, Jr., apparently. (Grapefruits?)

*Literature: The Pitchfork 500: Our Guide to the Greatest Songs from Punk to Present comes out on November 11th. After Chinese Democracy, you will note. (I have the 1001 Albums book. I hope there is some overlap, or I am in real trouble.)

*Recession sell-off: Diamond encrusted iPod earbuds. They cost $60k.

*Cooking: Mario Batali’s personal playlist includes Cesaria Evora, Tom Waits and R.E.M. I think a blog that aggregated celebrity playlists, allowing users to visually make connections between and among them, would be a good idea. Also, it would be too much work for me to undertake.

*Rap: The Beastie Boys have announced a series of Get Out and Vote shows. Because, apparently, the 40-year-old white guy needs a kick in the ass to get out to the polls.

*Fashion: Lupe Fiasco helps design a Converse sneaker for next year’s (RED) campaign. Still? (With the Lupe Fiasco AND the RED?) Available in January.

*Words and politics: The New Yorker‘s James Wood on Sarah Palin

“She may claim, as she did in last Thursday’s Vice-Presidential debate, that ‘Americans are cravin’ that straight talk,’ but they are sure not going to get it from the Governor––not with her peculiar habit of speaking only half a sentence and then moving on to another for spoliation, that strange, ghostly drifting through the haziest phrases, as if she were cruelly condemned to search endlessly for her linguistic home.”

Links for 10.9.08: Chinese Democracy!, Obama O’s, Sleeveface book…

*HOLY MOLY: Guns ‘N Roses’ long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy, will drop by Thanksgiving exclusively at Best Buy stores. As previously noted multiple times on this repetitive blog, Dr. Pepper has promised a free can for everyone in the U.S. if the album drops by the end of the year. [universal music group! – How annoying is it that Stereogum keeps self-linking in this linked-to post? Answer: Outrageously and insultingly so!]

*Album covers: There’s a Sleeveface (which is the act of holding an album cover with a face on it over your own face as you pose for a photo) book coming out. Seriously, how long until we see a Boner Party book? This guy’s prediction? Not long. Also, two thumbs. Up.

*Belgium: Jacques Brel’s things are being auctioned off by Sotheby’s despite protests from his family. You should listen to some Jacques Brel. Ideally on a phonograph. While drunk. Off of red wine.

*Family: Is Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant again, four months after giving birth? [parentdish]

*Politics: Which one? That one. Also: Rednecks for Obama.

*Cereal: Obama O’s and Cap’N McCains. [coudal]

*Independent film: Good Dick. It comes out tomorrow. Perverts. [fimoculous]

*Sounds: The instant rimshot (for humor) and the sad trombone (for sadness). Perverts!!!!!

Links for 9.30.08: Dylan’s album, Lou Reed’s street, Wal-mart’s music label?

*Zimmerman: You can stream Bob Dylan’s “Tell Tale Signs” on NPR now. I drove on highway 61 a couple weeks ago while wearing a camouflage baseball cap. True story.

*Retailers: Wal-mart is the exclusive seller of AC/DC’s Rock Band videogame and AC/DC’s album. As noted previously, Best Buy seems to have secured exclusive rights to Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy.” How long until Wal-mart has a label? Or Best Buy? Or Target? Or Old Country Buffet?

*Cartography: Does Lou Reed want to have a New York street named after him?

*Tours: The Hold Steady cancels its European tour because bassist Tad Kubler has pancreatitis. I’m bald and you don’t see me canceling world tours, do you? Ok. (My pancreas is fine, though – thanks for asking.)

*Fashion: Everyone probably knows this by now, but Rihanna is working on a fashion line. My bet is that it will have heels and sunglasses. And possibly quasi-bondage gear.

*Thinslice this: Judgeby lets you, using Amazon user reviews, judge books by their covers. Kind of like Facestat for literature, I guess. [largehearted boy]

*Crack: And then Wham! George Michael was all of a sudden arrested in a London bathroom for crack possession. [loophole]

*The Internet: Alec Baldwin gets the Chuck Norris treatment. And by that I do NOT mean a roundhouse kick to the head. Or a full daily chest wax. [hinto]

Links for 9.27.08: Pandora’s stand, Rock’s beer, our country’s Dr. Pepper…

*Dr. Pepper: Best Buy is set to become the exclusive retailer of Guns N’ Roses long-awaited album “Chinese Democracy” before year-end. If I am reading the contract correctly, this means we all get a free Dr. Pepper. [licensing plate]

*Reviews: Pitchfork reviews the Replacements, as seen through this year’s rerelease by Rhino: 8.7, 9.3, 8.0, 6.3.

*Internet royalties: Pandora is struggling to stay afloat. More from Hypebot. On a side note, does it seem like Congress is working more weekends these days?

*Beverages: Have I mentioned Kid Rock’s forthcoming beer yet? Also: Kid Rock cigars. From Mr. Rock’s commenters: “When are you moving into sunglasses?” Incisive. [meg]

*Quizicality: Digital Music News. No links. To anyone. Ever? Great use of the Internet. Depressing.

*Stories: The tale of Muxtape and the RIAA.

*Politics: A post-debate analysis from Will.i.am: “we should put security where security needs to be…
i’m terrified if we are to have 4 more bush-like years…
we can’t afford it…”

Also, a fact that you may find frightening: one of the top search results as reported by Google’s Trends feed for several hours after the debate was: “who won the debate.” Nuance: Who needs it? [huffpo]

Links for 8.29.08: Fuck That Band, Dylan’s harmonica, Guitar Hero movie?

*Law: Former Guns ‘N Roses’ guitarist Slash comments on the arrest of the guy who leaked some songs from “Chinese Democracy”: “I hope he rots in jail.” Ouch. [pee-fork]

*Videogames: Is there a Brett Ratner Guitar Hero movie in the works? If so, David Cross seems like a shoe-in to play the blue button. (I have no real idea what that even means.)

*Video: The IFC has recorded some discussions about the state of independent music in 2008; included among commentators are that nice lady from Idolator. And some other people. [more at IFC]

*Anger management: FuckThatBand.com. A music community for the haters. [metalsucks]

*Harmonica news: Bob Dylan has a line of Hohner harmonicas coming out.

*Off topic: Combining many of my favorite things, including facial hair, grooming and jewelry is the Mustache Comb Necklace. Also Mustache Comb Necklace is like the definition of word salad. [uncrate]

*Embarrassed and annoyed: OK, I was trying to read this one site (here often referred to as “Universal Music Group,” elsewhere referred to as “Stereogum”) at a Caribou Coffee in my neighborhood. (Yes, I still read Stereogum sometimes and I occasionally work from chain coffee stores.) Anyway, turns out Stereogum is totally dirty, I guess, because I got blocked.

Links for 8.27.08: Jay vs. Noel, Okkervil YouTube and SMOKING…

*Music videos: If you want more Okkervil River music videos like Bon Iver’s cover of “Blue Tulips,” you should probably subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel. [filter]

*Mashups: Jay-Z vs. Oasis again; this time in the form of a mashup (by Cookin’ Soul), rather than a beef. Personally, I enjoy beef. [listening post]

*Concerts: Greg Gillis of Girl Talk says “I’m waiting for someone to 69 on stage.” Also, he says a lot of other stuff.

*Interviews: Paste magazine interviews Calexico: The band really digs Cormac McCarthy. [music slut]

*Obit: Steve Foley, the drummer for the Replacements, died this weekend of an accidental prescription pill overdose at the age of 49. [rolling stone]

*Guns: Read an excerpt from “Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses.” [fimoculous] Also: The dude who leaked those Chinese Democracy songs has been arrested. At the behest of Dr. Pepper’s lawyers?

*Religion: Guitar Praise is like Guitar Hero, but with Jesus. And, probably, Moses. [best week ever]

*P2P: The legit wing of the LimeWire store is expanding; they’ve added The Orchard’s music catalog. [hypebot]

*Smoking: I don’t know why you would want to have a pack of cigarettes stuck to the side of your head, but if you would, you can buy a telephone headset that looks like an open pack of heaters. And then you can wear it. [shinyshiny]

Links for 7.14.08: iPhone music apps, Guns n’ games, Snoop’s smarts…

*iPhone: Pandora and Last.fm introduce apps for the new iPhone.

*Videogames: Guns ‘n Roses is putting one of the tunes from the forthcoming Chinese Democracy, “Shackler’s Revenge,” on Rock Band 2. [daily swarm] I want my free Dr. Pepper.

*Money: For rockers, the money isn’t in the album, it’s in the old crap. (Rock memorabilia prices surge.) [pop candy]

*Localish: Pitchfork gives The Hold Steady’s Stay Positive an 8.4. I didn’t even know they were still doing these score things!

*Food: Make your own guitar lunchbox. Or lunchbox guitar.

*Speakers: Who doesn’t want stereo system components shaped like nuts? Peanuts, people. Peanuts.

*Wisdom: Esquire’s What I’ve Learned column by Snoop Dogg. Esquire needs help with their web strategy. They also need a music blogger. I’m just saying.

*Off topic: Apparently, the city in which I attended high school is the best place to live in the country. If that’s the case, though, why am I so bald?

Links for 6.19.08: Wrestling sells music, hot bachelors, Kid Rock vs. Steve Jobs…

*eMusic offers up the Pitchfork sampler, a free selection of MP3s for your listening pleasure. [getty images]

*Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” is starting to leak! God, I could use a Dr. Pepper. [daily swarm]

*Want to sell music: Get in the ring with the WWE: “The labels will stumble over themselves to get on MTV, but no one’s watching MTV.” [koar]

*Want to sell music: It’s hard. Worldwide sales of tunes have fallen to the lowest level since 1985. [mathew ingram]

*Microsoft will not make a Zune phone that no one wants. Was that a double negative? Or a triple?

*There are lots of places to watch music videos online, you may say. But how many of them are named after an ancient martial arts discipline, like JukeBo? [mashable]

*Kid Rock hates iTunes and won’t sell his music through them. (Note I did not put music in “quotations.” Restraint.) Though he advocates the use of P2P networks, Mr. Rock doesn’t steal because he’s rich.

*Read: The L.A. Times on the decline in the value of the album. [hypebot]

*14 songs you should never play in a bar. [pop candy]

*Motorola India launches Motomusic, a mobile music download service.

*American Idol‘s David Cook is one of the world’s hottest bachelors. That’s not People magazine saying that, it’s me. Wait, strike that / reverse it. [vulture]

*Goodbye.

Dr. Pepper tries to convince Axl to release Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy When? is a blog run by Dr. Pepper that is an attempt to get Axl Rose to commit to releasing the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy. And I am recommending it. [ad age]