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Links for 6.28.10: How to get a beer belly

*Environment: This is what The Listenerd looks like, post-oil spill. [A Cleaner Future, via Eyeteeth]

*Crafts: Apparently, the practice you will see if you click through on this link is known as thread painting, and it is amazing. BEEEEEESSS!!!!!

*Architecture: The idea of the hallway. [That one was for you, Murketing.]

*Art: Tomáš Gabzdil’s Libertiny sculpture is finished by adding…BEES!!!!!! (I love exclaiming…BEES!!!) [I’m done.] [(notcot)]

*Retail: A fine, long listicle on why your barista hates you. I long had a barista with whom I had a near-perfect understanding: I wouldn’t talk to him, he wouldn’t talk to me. I would tip him a whole dollar almost every day, he would give me free coffees regularly. Then he went into rehab. Yeah, sad story. [consumerist]

*Music: Camille Paglia on sex, jazz, androgyny and men who wear loose shorts.

*Imagery: “Postcards from Hell” – ForeignPolicy.com puts together a photo essay of images from “the world’s most failed states.” [harper’s]

*Wood: If I were still on Tumblr, I’d tumble this image. Acrylic on dead wood.

*Blogs: I didn’t even know Converse had a blog. Is The Daily Swarm doing it? It looks like a combination of Notcot and TDS. I barely see any shoes.

*Local: There will be a BEER EVENT called SURLYFEST on September 18th. Where? No idea. What? No idea. If you have never had Surly, you should find some and drink it. BEER!!!!

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 5.25.10: I can only do what I can do, everyone.

*Books: This link contains not only an overview of the soon-to-be-released-after-100-years Mark Twain autobiography, it also includes a shirtless picture of Twain himself.

*Networks: Use this sleek and handy tool, Six Degrees of Black Sabbath, to see how closely bands are connected.

*Food: Handmade edible crayons sound even better than turkey sausage, kale and garbanzo beans. [notcot]

*Videos: If you know a dance called The Fishstick, you have probably watched the all-too-infrequent-but-extraordinarily-funny podcast You Look Nice Today.

*Words: Check out these music lyrics made into posters. They practically make your eyeballs sing. (I was rolling my eyes when I wrote that.)

*On Joan Rivers: “That is when she shows me the pillow she has embroidered that sits on a leather couch in her study: DON’T EXPECT PRAISE WITHOUT ENVY UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD.” [golden fiddle]

*Fashion: MESH CONVERSE. Is that fashion still? Mesh? Converse?

*NOTES: I was offline much of last week, but I saw Adam Arkin and Michelle Bachmann. Separately. And neither on purpose.

*Today’s links: F. I will not let it go.

Links for 11.5.09: America is bread shoes, beer and Guitar Hero

*Twitter: One prediction about Twitter’s new list functionality – “Once it’s understood that you don’t have to be following someone to add them to a list people will begin to adjust who they are following to those they actually know and interact with moving news and site feeds, or celebs and joke accounts over to lists.”

*Speakers: The Wall of Sound is a ginormous speaker, and I don’t care WHAT your definition of ginormous is. (I have run into this ambiguity before.) [coudal]

*Music: Instrumentube allows you to play different instruments on YouTube by adjusting where you are on the timeline. It’s hard to make it sound good.

*Fashion: Bread shoes. You have no idea how often I accidentally step on mayonnaise. (Often.) [buzzfeed]

*BONUS: More footwear. Converse rain boots. For playing basketball in the rain. With no pants on. (I made up that last part.)

*Geography: Can you identify what these maps are all about? Hint: It’s the world. [harper’s]

*Evocative imagery: Look at these pictures of old people playing Guitar Hero. Oh, so Urlesque! (Also, the name Eliot Glazer reminds me of Eliot Spitzer. I feel sorry about that.)

*Poetry: This is a recording taken from a wax cylinder of Walt Whitman reciting from his poem, America. I’m not even kidding. Or selling Levi’s!

*ZOMG!: The brewmaster from Bell’s will be in St. Paul, at the Happy Gnome, on November 10! [heavy table]

*Today’s grade: F-

Links for 2.20.09: Vizzies, Last.fm, the RIAA, Girl Scouts, Mayer’s workouts and more

*Visualizations: Whoa. Billboard’s top 100 of 2008 and Pitchfork’s best 100 track of 2008 as seen through a mesmerizing series of charts and graphs. [wiredset]

*Nausea: These Typographical Illusions will make you vomit. Highly recommended!!!!111 Perpetua. [eyeteeth]

*Writing: Did TechCrunch make up a story about Last.fm colluding with the RIAA? Nobody scrobbles baby into a corner. And by baby, I mean me. Because I don’t scrobble any more. Because I’m too lazy.

*Charity: Radiohead donates one of its songs, House of Cards, to Shelter, a U.K. charity for the homeless, for use in commercials. [radioheadatease]

*Dough: Pre-sales of Girl Scout Cookies are down 19% this year due to poor economic conditions. God, I’m happy I hoarded all that Tabasco sauce. Depressingly related: On the issue of the global crisis, investor George Soros sees no bottom. [maura]

*Ads: The Greatest Chase Ever – another viral microsite from Converse. [psfk]

*Consumption: Rob Walker starts a tumblog about Unconsumption (what happens after an act of acquisition). Testing out ideas for the next book, I guess.

*Twitter: All in all, I’m going to have a hard time topping this one, from John Mayer. Somehow, everything just comes together. Practicing defensive sprawl on ab ball? Genius. This story of meeting Shaq by stalking on Twitter is good, too.

*Gimmicks: 50 People, 1 Question – videos of people answering the same question. I found it kinda mesmerizing when Rocketboom asked the old Firefox vs. Explorer question back in the day. [psfk]

Links for 11.3.08: Def Jam’s loss, AC/DC’s Wal-mart, Bono’s stall…

*Obits: The head of Def Jam records, Shakir Stewart, killed himself. He was 34. I’m 34. Ugh.

*Retail: This is where I will be spending the next four years if the election goes badly. “At 12:01 A.M. on October 20th, Wal-Mart opened a temporary 3,000-square-foot store on Hollywood Boulevard devoted entirely to AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice.” It is what they call “all in,” motherfuckers. [licensing plate]

*Bono: The U2 Tower, a dockside development in Dublin that includes a recording studio and some sort of edifice, has been put on hold due to the worldwide economic meltdown. The tower, as it was known, was to have been built to resemble Bono’s sunglasses.

*Money: MTV will soon offer rights holders an option: They can have copyright-protected materials that are user-uploaded removed OR they can have revenue-generated ads placed around those videos.

*Automotive: I blogged previously about Neil Young trying to take his car clean tech. More on his efforts at Linc Volt, via Venture Beat. If anyone wants to steal my grease for biodiesel, I’d appreciate being informed ahead of time. And THAT IS a euphemism.

*Sleep: The Boston Globe offers up a diagram full of hints on napping. I notice there is no mention of Benjamin Franklin’s cold-air bath. Disappointingzzzzzzz. [swiss miss]

*Fashion: Converse will roll out Black Sabbath-brandend shoes in time for the holiday season. Because who doesn’t appreciate the gift of satanic footwear?

*New Yorker: Sasha-Frere Jones writes about the rise of country music’s Taylor Swift, visiting St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center in the process. Oh, and he came dangerously close to hating on St. Paul while he was here, too! Weee!

*Notice: Americans, there is an election tomorrow. You know what to do.

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 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 6.27.08: Gene Simmons speaks, dumpsters down, Girl Talk revealed…

*Medialoper: Why Kanye West Is Such an Asshole. On a separate note, Esquire says we are living “In the Age of the Asshole.”

*Read: Portfolio has a lengthy interview with Gene Simmons. “I don’t even have to wipe my ass if I don’t want to.” [huffpo]

*Seen everywhere: Some video of Girl Talk walking through “Feed the Animals,” track by track.

*Charge your phone through the power of dance. Have written about people trying to capture kinetic energy like this many times for the day job. [neatorama]

*I will probably not be using music search engine Jogli in much the same way I already don’t use SeeqPod, Songza and MeeMix. [techcrunch]

*Radiohead releases some “In Rainbows” videos through iTunes. [the set list]

*Viral marketing: From Converse. Chucks in Soda. [pop candy]

*On language: A lovely letter to the editor written to a most execrable publication. “I’ve looked into the issue of whether “dumpster” should be capitalized, and this is what I’ve found. Though apparently a brand name at one time, the word has slipped into common usage and no corporate entity appears to be making any effort at trademark protection. This has been the situation for a couple of decades. In fact, I’ve long refused to capitalize the word in my writings except for the beginning of a sentence, titles, or rants about ‘the Dumpsters of Our Lord God.'” [curmudgeonette]

Links for 6.24.08: Naked Cowboy sues, Rihanna’s ads, Bonnaroo downloads…

*The L.A. Times profiles Peter Gabriel, the entrepreneur behind music download site We7.com. Also, he’s some sort of musician, I guess. [wiredset]

*Download: My Morning Jacket’s entire 3-hour set from Bonnaroo. That is a serious beard. [pop candy]

*Headlines I love: Can a Song Be Gay? [daily swarm]

*I have written about eco-nightclubs for the day job many times. PSFK notes than San Francisco is adding a green nightclub of its own, Temple.

*Idolator compiles an advertising/video history of Rihanna.

*More advertising: The Naked Cowboy will continue his legal suit against the Naked Blue M&M. [gothamist]

*Off topic: The metallic shoes of the day.

Links for 6.10.08: Heavy metal burgers, vinyl soars, New Kids pics…

*First and foremost: Burgers named after metal bands. What, no Black Angus Young?

*Fred Meyer stores bring the vinyl back (accidentally). I still buy all my vinyl from garage sales. [e-mail]

*SanDisk buys MusicGremlin, a service-cum-devic that allows users to browse and buy music at WiFi hotspots. This may sound weird, but the next (non-telephonic) music player I buy will probably be a SanDisk. Yeah. Weird.

*Listening Post on Converse, whom we have written about numerous times, due to the fact that they’re hitting the music and retail scenes HARD. New: MP3s from N.E.R.D., Santogold and more.

*Best Week Ever collects 10 New Kids on the Block photos you should not miss. I used to have hair like this. Also, I used to have hair.

*Some people are calling iCarly the new Hannah Montana. Admission: I didn’t even notice when Steve Jobs rolled this out.

*Buzzfeed rounds up disk drive music, in the spirit of other retro-tech mechanical melody making. Thank you.

*Minneapolis music mag Reveille covers “Big Star,” Haley Bonar’s latest release: “Haley Bonar’s Big Star is a shimmering bright spot too good for the coffee shop world.” Also, she makes a mean mocha if you are ever in the St. Anthony Park area.

*Franz Ferdinand’s web site features incredibly soothing record players. [d-prince]

*Required: Fleet Foxes are “modern hippies.” The International Federation of Music Bloggers made me say that. [coerced]

*Off topic: NY Mag takes a deep dive into the meaning of Ashley Alexandra Duprey’s tattoo. (I still don’t know what it means.)

*Off topic and local: If you are in the Twin Cities, I suggest visiting Blondie’s in St. Paul on Snelling. I HIGHLY recommend the carrot cake, and have the physique to prove it. I am not kidding. Thank you.

Links for 6.3.08: Neil Young’s car, Bovinus’ cow singer, Cobain’s remains

*Neil Young drives a 1959 Lincoln Continental that will soon run on electricity. I drive a 2000 Honda Civic. Or, often, take the bus. FYI.

*Bovinus is a metal band with a cow who sings vocals. God, Metal Sucks rules.

*The UkeCast is a podcast full of ukeleles. Seems perverted? [mefi]

*Kurt Cobain’s ashes were stolen. Also, Converse named a line of shoes after him.

*Radiohead’s back catalog goes up for sale on iTunes soon. You can’t pay what you want; you have to pay what Apple wants.

*Qloud launches “My Music” application for MySpace. It is pronounced like CLOUD. As I have been told so many times since I first blogged about them. [mashable]

*M.I.A. is engaged. And pregnant! With twins! [sorta, not really, not really]

*Local: Gnarls Barkley will be playing at the Minnesota State Fair this year. (You may park in my front yard for $8.) [mnspeak]

*Music/fashion mash: A N.E.R.D. t-shirt, perhaps? For their “Seeing Sounds” album.

*Off topic: Public radio nerds on Twitter. Most people are horseshit twitterers. Including public radio people, I assume. [mediation]

*Off topic item I am not going to dig deeper on: The Google trend of the hour at 7:58 pm was “what to do if inside of girl gets wet.” (No idea.)

Links for 5.30.08: A Blu-ray record, Rihanna’s “Distrubia,” The Dead’s kicks…

*From Grooveshark: TinySong is a a tinyurl for songs. HUH!

*Kanye West comments on all these “Flashing Lights” videos coming out (there are three versions so far): Two of them were leaked! [universal]

*The world’s first Blu-ray record has been released. Yes, it’s by Trondheimsolistene! A Norwegian orchestra. I’ll be honest. I didn’t know about Trondheimsolistene before this either.

*Converse = aggressive: Grateful Dead kicks (with shoes from The Beatles and The Doors on the way, as well). Also, Jack Purcells are available at J. Crew now. I take a lot of shit for this.

*The listenerd’s Fergie-replacement-diva Rihanna has a new song out: “Disturbia.” Farewell, Fergie. [vulture]

*Prince and Radiohead differ as to whether Prince’s Coachella cover of “Creep” should be allowed up on YouTube.

Links for 3.29.08: Anti-emos, Soulja Boy cancels, old French folkers…

*I apologize for not covering Mexico’s anti-emo riots more expansively.

*Gamers will be able to by music from Grand Theft Auto 4. Says Ars:

“When players hear a song they like, they can dial a number on their in-game cell-phone to receive a text message detailing the artist and track title. For users that sign up for the new Rockstar Games Social Club, an e-mail will then be sent with a link to a custom Amazon.com playlist which features the tracks phoned in.”

*BuzzFeed is telling me that Yelle is the French MIA, but I don’t completely know what that means. Maybe it has something to do with the colors?

*The L.A. Times apologizes to Diddy for implicating him in the shooting of Tupac in a recent article. The Smoking Gun went to the Times‘ source documents and said they looked phony, kicking off an investigation by the paper.

*BMI has recently projected that ringtone sales in the U.S. will be $510M this year, down 7% from last year. [digital music news]

*Michael Arrington brings his brand of fire and brimstone to the idea of a “music tax” that would be levied by ISPs.

*This is smart: GraphJam lets you make your own silly charts. [neatorama]

*How to Speak Hip, a comedy album from 1959 converted to digital. [laughing squid]

*Listen to the oldest recording of human voices sing French folk song “Au Clair de la Lune.”

*Soulja Boy has cancelled his U.S. tour? [xrrf]

*Off topic: Screw Kurt. I want Dr. Romanelli Converse. [joshspear]

*I am tired, but I will persevere.

Links for 3.23.08: Wikipedia’s tunes, Bragg’s tail, Ramones’ shoes…

*Lots of reactions to Mr. Billy Bragg’s Bebo-based editorial from yesterday’s Times, including TechCrunch, New Music Strategies, Mathew Ingram and Fred Wilson. So many people ready to tell everyone else they’re wrong-headed, so few decent answers. Now back to searching YouTube for videos of phonographs playing.

*Music fans would rather get band info from Wikipedia than MySpace, according to Yahoo data. [mashable]

*Kurt Cobain Converse? Meet Johnny Ramone Vans. [uncrate]

*The Wall Street Journal looks at the Black Keys’ potential career paths. They’re working with DJ Danger Mouse.

*Thom Yorke interviews the mayor of London on climate change. [treehugger]

*If you have lost your hearing due to inappropriate iPod volume or excessive concert going, I recommend these flaps.

*Off topic: Straddling the line between the worst and best website of all time. [reddit]