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Tag: classical music

Links for 10.10.08: It’s and Its, Eno’s iPhone app, McCain’s playlist…

*Words: It’s its and it is it’s (depending on context). [largehearted boy]

*Mashups: Dr. Dre is “reinterpreting Chopin symphony stuff.” [nymag]

*iPhone: Brian Eno releases Bloom, a music app for the iPhone Applications store. “Part instrument, part composition and part artwork.” All, WTF and a good portion I have no idea. [beat portal]

*Conversions: If you want, you can learn how to make albums into MP3s from Wired. OR you could just capture video of the album playing on a record player, post it on YouTube, then scrape it. [lifehacker]

*Big Retail: Wal-mart is leaving their DRM servers up for now. So those consumers who purchased DRM’d music from America’s largest retailer have some extra time to burn, baby, burn those discs. [medialoper]

*Politics: John McCain’s daughter’s playlist includes The Ting Tings, Tokyo Police Club, Zeppelin and Mos Def. The woman knows how to use the internet. [the rap up]

*Politics and cinema: If you would like to see a clip of W. Or maybe you are looking for a break from all that?

*Products: Torque your headphones with freakin’ MAGNETS? [joshspear]

*The Annals of Law: Champaign county judge forces hip-hop fan to listen to classical music.

Links for 10.5.08: MySpace Music’s billionth, Latifah’s Touch, Weird Al’s iTunes…

*Streaming: MySpace Music streamed a billion songs within days of its launch. Whatever this MySpace Music monster is, it is LARGE. I had a fake MySpace page once. I thought I should admit that.

*Success: Classical music is kicking ass. Among other numbers on the rise: “Ticket-sale income from orchestra performances grew almost 18%, to $608 million, between the 2004-’05 and 2005-’06 seasons.”

*Videogames: Queen Latifah is obsessed with playing mah-jongg on her iPod Touch. And that is NOT a euphemism, assholes.

*Crowdsourcing: Another experiment in putting elements of the music business directly in the hands of the people, SongVest lets fans invest in the works of songwriters. [licensing plate]

*Politics: Jay-Z is doing (did?) a free concert in support of Barack Obama in Miami tonight.

*Rights: Rhapsody grabbed the exclusive rights to sell Kid Rock’s catalog online. Bawitaba. (That’s lobotomenglish for “I don’t know what further to say in this context.” Look it up.) [coolfer]

*Weird Al: Weird Al Yankovic will begin releasing his songs on iTunes as soon as he’s done recording them. Or so he says on his MySpace. Yes, Weird Al blogs on MySpace. [waxy]

*Art (or whatever): The New York Times profiles Shepard Fairey: “I don’t need to do street art anymore. But I enjoy it. It’s not insidery. It’s an opportunity to ire or inspire. And it’s free.”

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 12.28.07: Bono in 3D, Fergie in love, Strike Beards…

*HUGE NEWS: Fergie, our favorite pants-peeing diva from the Black Eyed Peas, is now engaged. And not to her craft. To Josh Duhamel.

*HUGE NEWS: The New Yorker on Strike Beards. God, huge beards rule.

*If you hate Bono as much as I do, you will probably not like U2 3D, a web production / 3D rendering of a live stadium concert by the band. [josh spear]

*Seriously: Fergie, Bono and awesome beards all in one day? X-mas effing miracle.

*Adtunes.com offers up the Top Ad Music of 2007: Cat Power for diamonds at #8. (I really wish this site would update more often; it’s great.)

*Amazon adds Warner Music to its MP3 download store.

*Yes. A list. Top 5 Rock Songs Played by Classical Musicians.

*Black Eyed Peas ringtones are over. Get a tone that reminds you to keep your New Year’s resolutions. [textually]

*The A.V. Club interviews Walk Hard star and director Jon C. Reilly and Jake Kasdan.

Links for 10.26.07: Classical music, sausage, the Wire and coke guitars

*Classical music is the future of all music. Consider. Also. [waxy]

*Who would like an electric guitar made of pure cocaine? (Read the Google translation of an Italian news story.) [music thing]

*Rocketsurgeon reviews Boogie4.us, a new blog music aggregator, in the style of Hype Machine and Elbo.ws.

*Is iTunes in danger of losing all its music? asks Mashable. (Looks like Warner may go to an ad hoc relationship, as Universal did a few months back.)

*iLike. The VinylDisk is a combination record and CD.

*The New Yorker profiles The Wire‘s David Simon. The writer is not shy: “It is perhaps the only storytelling on television that overtly suggests that our political and economic and social constructs are no longer viable, that our leadership has failed us relentlessly, and that no, we are not going to be all right.”

*Wikipedia is like a sausage. [lift think]