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Links for November 16, 2011: Double shower head, single dog’s head and how to name your novel

Running: I have begun running and I loathe myself for it. Utterly. (Close readers of the listenerd (ha) may recall having read a little something about this.) No one – and I mean NO ONE – captures the nouveau runner’s mix of addiction, wonder and self-hatred like Charlie Brooker. “I have been murdered and replaced with a suspicious facsimile. In running shoes.” Please read that. Furthermore, Charlie Brooker, much to his credit, is trying to plant the idea that the PACKAGE in this heart-rending John Lewis (a UK retail chain) advertisement contains a dog’s head. (It might.)

Showers: Rob Walker explores a thoroughly modern hotel signage phenomenon, one in which the hotel attempts to initiate a game of chicken with its guest to see who will eventually blink and ruin the entire planet by using/providing too many towels or using/offering incredible water pressure. Also, there is a HUGE dual shower head involved. HOWEVER, Mr. Walker does not answer the question of whether the dual-shower head thing was worth using.

Minneapolis: Minneapolis’ Craig Finn talks about the first time he heard Minneapolis’ The Replacements. All this story needs is Minneapolis’ Prince to make it complete and as obnoxious as is possible. And possibly a bike lane. (Maybe Prince is winter cyclo-commuting via it.)

Gimmicks: These musical business cards by Katharina Hölzl are incredibly cool. Watch the video or read more here.

Self-help: NPR helps you name your first novel. Mine was The Black Black Delphinium of Vatican City!

“News”: Google dropped a new music service today. I will play with it, though it is rare that I find people ready and willing to spend time and energy even entertaining the idea of sharing something with me via Google+.

Local: Normally, I’m not a fan of Bob Collins and NewsCut! (I listened to him on the radio once.) It’s entirely possible that he touches my shadow. HOWEVER, I enjoyed his Letter to the East Coast. “Where you come from, you don’t change as much as merely assimilate — you’ve been around for almost 400 years. Here, the culture is changing and watching it change is about the most exciting thing you can imagine.”

Graphics: Check out these classic albums, their covers reimagined. Whenever I reimagine my own cover, I am no longer bald. And am perhaps a bit thinner. And I have a more symmetrical face. Maybe less of a harsh jaw line. My bulbous forehead recedes. The pain in my right knee subsides. My posture improves significantly. My heart begins pumping more blood, through thick, wide veins, more quickly, delivering much-needed nutrients to all of my bodily tissues.

Among other things.

Today’s links: F. My queue overfloweth.

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Video: Craig Finn and Frightened Rabbit cover “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart”

Strangely enough, I just bought a best of Elton John album. Even stranger, I admitted doing so in a public forum.

Links for 9.26.10: I am now 100% immune to polio

*Fashion: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn says not to call them the Twinkies, yet I have this incredibly awesome t-shirt from Campfire.

*Art: Don’t call it the bird: A giant statue of a middle finger being given, by Maurizio Cattelan. [notcot]

*Movies: Read this page devoted to skeptics of The Force.
“Thus far, two Dark Jedi powers have come to light (so to speak) which merit attention:
-Telekinetic choking, and
-Purple lightning bolts that come from their fingertips.”
[too much nick]

*Booze: Charles Bukowski and Roger Ebert write about the Mickey Rourke movie “Barfly,” which – incidently – is the last movie I ever had on VHS. Also, I like to pronounce it Barf-ly.

*Food: Rob Walker writes about the junk-food branding of baby carrots. I’m an adult carrot guy. Always have been. (Don’t read anything weird into that. Well, nothing TOO weird.) Also, here’s a Rob Walker interview. He would like to have dinner with a nuclear bomb. FAIR ENOUGH.

*Arms: This is a World War I-era pistol bayonet. I link to it here because it terrifies me. On a somewhat related note, today (in GQ – don’t ask) – I learned of the existence of men’s garters that attach to the bottom of a shirt and the top of each sock. They are military in origin, and also terrifying.

*Please note: I have received a polio immunization and am not confident that I will not contract polio.

*Television: Apparently, Bob Dylan appeared on Pawn Stars.

*Today’s grade: F. (Note: I could not even bring myself to proof this post, having watched two episodes of Hoarders on Netflix tonight.)

Links for 12.29.09: I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man.

*Reading: The Awl’s “The End of the 00s” has essays. By people. About things past. Those people include: Joel Johnson (I wrote about being a new dad for a week for his medium-lived Dethroner), Maura Johnston (formerly of Idolator, she hates dropped-crotch trousers), Will Leitch (we were going to do a video interview with him at a conference for my day job for a while, until the video interviewing devices exploded), and Rob Walker (whom I now read less for consumed than for his other projects). And many other people. Ugh. People.

*Lists: Before you read THIS, you should know that if I were forced to either choose a favorite author or be mock-executed, I’d say Dostoyevsky. (In order of likedness: Brothers K, Notes from Underground, Crime and P, The Idiot, The Gambler, The Double.) I should also note that I don’t think the list is particularly accurate. Like, except for a few authors that she nails, it’s offish. UGH.

*Art: Look at these books you don’t even have to read anymore. [notcot]

*Social Media: The track the most Last.fm users wanted hidden from their scrobbles was Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” I must say, Lady Gaga has grown on me. Like a skin on a glass of egg nog. Delicious, delicious egg nog. [fimoculous]

*Video: Stereogum has collected the 10 Most NSFW Music Videos of 2009. On a somewhat related note, I used to love Stereogum. I used to wait for new posts (they were written by Scott). I used to read them. I used to read the comments. I used to chuckle at the comments. I thought I should say that. It was a long time ago.

*People: Wikipedia on Andrew W.K. – “Popular memes and subcultural rumours suggest that another person, known as “Steev Mike”, is behind Andrew W.K.’s music.” This reminds me of the theory that it wasn’t William Shakespeare who wrote the works of William Shakespeare, but someone else named William Shakespeare. A theory which, incidentally, I love. [the daily swarm]

*Vinyl: Look! It’s Allen Ginsburg made out of vinyl. I was never much of a Ginsburg fan. Too easy.

*Literature: Abe Books’ Weird Book Room presents such titles as “Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan.” Too easy? [harper’s]

*Local: Holy. A VERY skinny Craig Finn, along with Lifter Puller, doing a St. Cloud, Minnesota gig. Forever ago.

*Local blogging: Here’s an interview with Ed Kohler of The Deets about his recent poltical blogging. Also, he’s done some examinations of Twitter noise recently that have been sort of interesting. (Close readers of the ‘nerd may recall that I once wanted to make a qualitative inquiry into local Twitter users’ signal-versus-noise, but was unable to do so due to personal stupidity.)

*Today’s links: F

Links for 1.22.09: Job cuts everywhere!, Twitter vizzies, etc.

*Cuts: Everyone! We’re in a worldwide economic meltdown! Clear Channel, Warner Bros and probably nearly every company you’ve ever heard of have cut jobs recently. If I don’t sound terrified it’s because I’m in a drugged-out haze.

*Local: A book and anthology about Lifter Puller – Craig Finn’s band before he formed The Hold Steady – will be released sometime this year. [mbv]

*Data: If you are a person who has the potential to be excited by information visualizations, this video showing Twitter activity around the globe in the hours leading up to and immediately following Barack Obama’s inauguration will excite you. Yes, I am crazy. But play some music in the background and tell me I’m wrong. [venturebeat] In FURTHER Twitter visualization news, I want to see where I and those I follow would land on this graph.

*What?: Kanye West says he’s open to doing bisexual porn. Yes, I went back and re-read that and he DOES mean pornography. UPDATE: UGH. DENIED. NM.

*Phonographs: Now that’s a tiny phonograph.

*The Annals of Soothingness: This internet Buddha Machine Wall delivers soothing Buddha Box sound to your laptop. And you do not even need a phonograph. Or the latest version of Flash.

*NOTES: I think I need to do a listenerd podcast. But I’m an idiot. Stay tuned.

Links for 12.6.08: Snoop’s shed, Ru Paul, and FELTRON returns…

*Commerce: You can buy a shed Snoop Dogg used to own for $1,000 on eBay. [earsucker]

*Data: The Wall Street Journal discovers Nicholas Felton and his Feltron annual report. I’ve mentioned this on the ‘nerd before, but YEARS ago, when I was still regularly writing for my day job (behind the firewall) I did a report called Dashboard Universe, that tied together some data organization movements that were happening at the time. Feltron himself was also nice enough to do a great, deadpan video explaining the motivations for his project (a video which I should now dig up and post). The dude’s 2008 report is due out soon. You may now hit me over the head with a shovel for going down Memory Lane.

*Lake Street Is for Lovers: Craig Finn writes in the Independent about leaving Lifter Puller behind and starting up The Hold Steady. Yes-yes. Y’all. [bv]

*Crossdressing: Kanye talks about Ru Paul: I ACTUALLY FEEL RU-PAUL IS PRETTY GENIUS… THIS PHOTO REMINDS ME OF SOME DAVE LACHAPELLE WORK. You know I didn’t make that up, because it is in all caps.

*Drinks: Obama Soda sells with French teens. [murketing]

*Localish: A Chippewa Valley publication talks about Bon Iver’s success. “Even though Mount Vernon was “only” a local high school band, it was a popular draw for adults like myself at The Metro (even though none of the nine members, including Justin, were old enough to enter the place as patrons).” Side note: I went to a show at the Metro in Eau Claire once. It was decked out with Miami Vice 80s flair 20 years after and 10 years before it was cool to be neon. [chuckles]

*Contests: Some dude on Twitter convinced me to throw a SLOGAN to the Threadless Wolves. Vote here. If I prove victorious, the money will go toward a good cause. Which may mean a local food shelf. Or my heating bill.

*Also: Here are Minneapolis’ top 100 twitterers. Man, it really highlights the differences between quantitative and qualitative data… Yeesh. If you want to try to find more people to follow, Mr. Tweet will give you recommendations. I don’t mean to be rude, but Mr. Tweet didn’t tell me about anyone I didn’t already know of.

Video: The Hold Steady’s “Stay Positive”

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Video: The Hold Steady perform “Constructive Summer” for the Current

Performed at the studio of 89.3, The Current.

Links for 9.10.08: Girl Turk, The Kramer, M.I.A. blogs…

*Cool: Waxy uses a mechanical turk to crunch some numbers around Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals. Google spreadsheets tell the tale…

*Hate: The Village Voice explains Why MySpace Music Won’t Succeed. Basically, the article reads like a history of errors.

*Favorites: Will Sheff of Okkervil River lists some of his favorite shit in an interview with Pee-fork, including a song by Wale called “The Kramer.” [via largehearted boy. Is it odd that I am so diligent in crediting conduits through which I come by information — like Largehearted Boy — when they are so lax in doing so themselves? No; it is not.]

*Local: The City Pages has come out with its Picked to Click local music issue (for Minneapolis / St. Paul) once again. And the winner is…Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles.

*Pornography: Complex magazine captures a round-up of porn stars singing and rapping.

*Sports: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn chats baseball with ESPN. [idolator]

*Fashion: M.I.A.’s long-awaited fashion line is due out this week. [music slut] Also, here she is blogging about terrorism.

*Off topic video: A really inappropriate playground slide. [scanner via mojo]

*Off topic: So I have a regular job. With all the weird things that come with that.

*Also: Here’s camping.

Video: The Hold Steady plays “Stay Positive” on Conan

Extra spazzy!

[mfr]

Links for 8.22.08: Da Brat’s sentence, Finn’s ‘ball, Decemberists’ party?

*The Twins: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn will be talking baseball with ESPN for “The Show.”

*Prison: Da Brat has been incarcerated. For assaulting a woman with a liquor bottle. Seems as if Da Brat is engaging in antisocial behavior.

*Arson: 50 Cent is finally talking about his recent, suspicious house fire with government officials.

*Celebrate: It would cost $50,000 to have The Decemberists play your next private party. But at least they would use the word “dirigible” as they serenaded you. [largehearted boy]

*Cake: I had some insanely good chocolate cake tonight! [caitlin]

Links for 8.21.08: Tupac’s moves, iTunes Unlimited, Simpson’s beer…

*Biggie: These excerpts from Faith Evans’ forthcoming book, which talk about how Tupac briefly (but quickly and efficiently) insinuated himself into her life, are actually a pretty good read.

*Subscription music: Is iTunes Unlimited, an all-you-can-listen music option rumored to someday cost $130/year from Apple, imminent?

*Beer: Jessica Simpson has become the spokesperson for Stampede Light Plus beer. Personally, this does nothing at all to diminish my love of beer. People: I am resolute. [buzzfeed]

*Pop music: Mountain Dew has started a singles-only record label, Green Label Sound, that will feature bands such as Cool Kids. You know what’s even better than Mountain Dew? That Red Alert stuff. Or Code Five or whatever the fuck it’s called. [listening post]

*Gadgets: The Apple Walkpod: a cassette-playing iPod. [bb gadgets]

*Local: The Bryant Lake Bowl is throwing a block party. The Rock for Democracy block party is set for Saturday, September 13 from 4pm-10pm, and will feature Brass Messengers, Prairie Sons and a surprise headliner. Also: roller girls! [mfr]

*Bar bands: NPR interviews the Hold Steady. (Craig Finn does not tell Thom Yorke to “Eat a dick.” Which is a prime indicator that this is not, in fact, Grade A beef.) [heavy critters]

*Idol: People who are either insane or are hardcore American Idols fans (I would love to see the Venn diagram of these two groups) can now Sajaya-ize themselves. Of course, that’s a Cardinal sin. But still.

Video: The Hold Steady playing bar games

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It’s VBS vs. The Hold Steady. I’m finished with posting about The Hold Steady for a bit. Thank you. [pop candy]

Video: The Hold Steady do Letterman skit

[p-fork]