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Links for 5.11.10: 890 Tips for Better Abs

*Privacy: Would you like to watch the devolution of Facebook privacy? It might depress you. Or make you feel empowered. If you’re weird.

*Facial hair: Urlesque points us toward Food Beard. Well played, Urlesque’s Eliot Glazer. Well played. (I recommend this site if you like food and are at least open to beards.)

*Read: David Bowie’s Playboy interview from 1976. “I always treated my boys like real ladies.” Pardon?

*Genres: A Turkish heavy metal fan discovered Twitter’s recent “accept bug.” [waxy, whom I have previously cited as indomitable]

*Communications: Listen to Radio Shack’s Musical Messages. Remember outgoing messages? Their existence depresses me. [coudal]

*Videos: Radar launches music videos. I didn’t even know that music videos were still a thing.

*Music: You can get some streaming Frightened Rabbit here. You can also stream yourself some Band of Horses here. Wait. When did this blog start to be about MUSIC?

*Gaming: Is there a drought in Farmville? In the match between Facebook and Zynga, the only loser is the public. And possibly either Facebook or Zynga. But the public for sure.

*Local: Whoa, Wednesday May 26th will be Robyne Robinson’s last day on Minneapolis’ Fox 9? Huh. Luckily, I have no comment on the matter.

*Today’s links: F.

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Links for 12.3.09: I don’t care for Farmville.

*The Web: Did Vladimir Nabokov invent the emoticon? As I have mentioned before, the only emoticon I ever use is the emotionless one. And the side hugs, of course.

*Bowie on Bowie: Check out this letter written by a 20-year-old David Bowie to a young American fan in 1967. Nipple antennae. [stereogum!?]

*Videogames: Michael Jackson composed music for the videogame Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (anonymously). Apparently, this had long been a rumor in the Sonic the Hedgehog community. Yes, the Sonic the Hedgehog community. If you don’t love this item, you don’t love America. Or bloat. [waxy]

*Annual: Last.fm gives you the best of 2009 in music data. 24,963,595 Michael Jackson songs scrobbled over the course of the year. Heh. Scrobbled.

*Literature: We’re looking for William Shakespeare’s garbage now. I hope we find some of his journals, which will prove once and for all that he was illiterate. [harper’s]

*Religion: MetalforJesus.org. I recommend the section called Long Hair and the Bible. But I do not recommend the fonts. [metalsucks]

*Illustrations: Do you want to see the street Tom Waits grew up on? I was expecting more gravel. And I hope you see what I did there. [harper’s]

*Twitter: Read these four things.

*Today’s grade: F

Links for 9.8.09: Lucinda weds, Britney covers, Hornby namechecks

*Weddings: Lucinda Williams is getting married in Minneapolis – actually, she’s getting married on stage at First Avenue, to former Best Buy executive Tom Overby. [mnspeak]

*Television: Former Defamer editor Mark Lisanti now writes – and WRITES VERY WELL – for Movieline. I especially recommend paying attention to the Mad Men Power Rankings, particularly the Don Draper Fingerbang Threat Level. It can be a volatile metric.

*Culture Jamming: Perhaps you would like to chuckle contentedly at these crosswalk sign hacks. Oh, subversion! I should mention here that I once put a Campbell’s soup can into a Progresso soup in-aisle dispenser. Also, I saw a bunch of high school friends of mine this weekend and they reminded me that I’m 30 lbs overweight. It’s complicated, but this is all related. [neural]

*Comics: Check out these visually arresting remixed comic book covers. Please note: I have never bought a comic book, though I was gifted the first four issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the day. Even upon perusal, I was nonplussed. Yeah, even at a tender age, nonplussed. I was a weird kid.

*Blogging: Nick Hornby namechecks the music blogs he likes to read, including Aquarium Drunkard and Largehearted Boy. So now you know which music blogs to take off your reading list. Or risk becoming more like Nick Hornby.

*Vizzies: The excellent Hierarchy of Digital Distractions helps you categorize what divides your attention. [magnetbox]

*Documentaries: “American Artifact” is a documentary film about rock and roll posters. This is code for “optimized for maximum incontinence.” [coudal]

*Arachnids: David Bowie has a spider named after him. However, irregardless (yes, irregardless) of this fact, David Bowie will henceforth be associated first and foremost with NIPPLE ANTENNAE. Like, that’s his thing now. It just is. It has even trumped his normal space shit and his androgyny and weird teeth. [coudal again!]

*Covers: Britney Spears covers Alanis’ “You Oughta Know.” [idolator]

*Grade: Perpetual F. For Forget comma never. Ever.

Links for 2.9.09: Recency bias, super-muscular cows and David Bowie avatars…

*Grammys: What Grammys?

*Graphs: Nate Silver writes for Esquire magazine about “recency bias.” He uses an example from the baseball world to eventually talk about the economy.

“Each year, baseball teams bid against one another for free agents — players like CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A. J. Burnett, the trio of stars whom the (apparently recession-proof) New York Yankees have signed for more than $400 million. One might assume that with that sort of money at stake, teams would do their homework. After studying the free-agent bidding process for many years, however, I have concluded that this money is not generally well spent.”

*Books: The American Book Review puts out a list of the top 100 opening lines of novels, beginning with “Call me Ishamael.” (WHICH DOES, IN FACT, RULE.) Now I ain’t much of one of them, uhhhhhh, READERS anymore, but it looks like I’ve slogged through a disproportionate number of these. I was partial to #31 through my 20s. I wonder if much has changed. [good]

*Avatars: A person who lives in the same world as you and me has collected screenshots of a variety of videogame characters who look like DAVID BOWIE. That is all. (No nipple conductors in sight.) [the daily swarm]

*Hedgehogs: Being a serious deconstruction (with samples) of the music from the Sonic the Hedgehog videogame series. [waxy]

*The Economy: Key metrics around America’s job situation are the worst they’ve been in more than three decades. (January had the largest single-month drop in jobs since 1974.) Ugh. I well you this because I care.

*Politics: Artist Peter Max paints 44 Obamas. I have officially been brainwashed: Non-Fairey “Hope” Obamas look weird now.

*Farm animals: These mega-muscular super cows (video) may sicken you. Or just blow your mind. But seriously. As Will.i.am would say, W.T.F’ing.Hell? [mefi]

*Food: This Is Why You’re Fat, a tumblr devoted to foodstuffs that are disgusting in their excess. Yum. [everywhere]

*Videogames: The knitter of this fine scarf was a huge Guitar Hero fan. But what song does it represent?

*Lists: The top ten current television show theme songs, according to one source, includes tunes from Family Guy and Two and a Half Men. This is why we cannot have nice things. And by this I refer to God smiting us via the global economic meltdown. [the daily swarm]

*I am tired.

Links for 10.29.08: Footloose rises, the Beatles may return, Bjork weeps…

*BIG NEWS: Zac Efron is going to do a Footloose remake. My favorite scene from Footloose was the one with the dancing. And the hay.

*Rumors: Is a Beatles’ Rock Band coming out tomorrow? Also, is a global economic meltdown threatening our very way of life? Seriously. It’s something to think about. [daily swarm]

*Auctions: Christie’s is selling off some serious rock memorabilia, including stuff from Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, and Bowie. By the way, thanks a lot for all the help on that Cat Power-Bowie cover, too. Assholes.

*Social commentary: Bjork comments on Iceland’s economy and environment – “Usually I don’t notice politics. I live happily in the land of music-making. But I got caught up in it because politicians seem bent on ruining Iceland’s natural environment.” [daily swarm]

*P2P: LimeWire to sell content from Comedy Central records through its legit P2P store.

*Time: A boombox watch from Flud. Seriously, if this thing were only 100X larger, I would be all over it. Also, Kanye’s blog does a shitty job of linking to the actual product or item posted about. Just saying. [kanye]

*Infographics: The History of the United States economy from GOOD magazine. It’s pretty. And pretty scary. Ha?

*Blogging: Blogging makes me tired. Here is the Twittercide thing I wrote for the day job.

Links for 10.27.08: Hope posters, Twitter rising, a Bowie cover…

*Hope and beyond: A delicious collection of images inspired by Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” poster. Includes: dope, nope, pope, hope, grope, type, marxism, viva!, soup, chope, mime, cope, rope, chaos, damn, fuck it, arab, dupe, honey, chump, dunk, and more. [obeygiant]

*Lazyblog request: Did the Cat Power cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that appeared in that Lincoln commercial ever come out as a legit MP3? If so, could someone please send it to me? You and the rights holder will be properly remunerated. Regards. {Hello, Cat?}

*CMJ: Read The Daily Swarm’s rundown of New York Times coverage of CMJ over the years. The biggest disappointment for me is that 2009 was not included. [spincity]

*Interviews: Peefork interviews Randy Newman: “Don Henley is always teasing me, asking if I’ve written another little novelty song.” Short people, indeed.

*When Music Blogs Attack: Listening Post vs. Idolator. It’s like Kanye vs. 50 Cent, but without anyone falsely promising to retire. THE LISTENERD WILL RETIRE IF DEFEATED IN BLOGGING BY ANY MUSIC BLOGGER. [Also, who defends Boing Boing?]

*Microblogging: While you were sitting on the toilet, Twitter went mainstream. This is why I quit, people.

*Apps: Nabbit is an application that allows you to get info on songs playing on the radio by playing them into your cellphone. Or you can just work on your memories, people. I mean, really. [mashable]

*Metaphor: Stanley Fish on why Obama and McCain’s campaigns are like John Milton’s “Paradise Regained.” This is the kind of political analysis I could get into.

*Avoid: Black mead. At all costs.

Links for 6.21.08: Girl Talk’s +/-, top albums of the last 25 years, exploring the Afronaut…

*Stereogum (Universal) interviews Greg Gillis about the new “Feed the Animals” Girl Talk album: “I only had one guy on my MySpace talking shit, so that was cool.” (Off topic: I am fascinated by the usage of “my MySpace” vs. “my MySpace page.”)

*On the flip side: The New Republic brings the hate against such sampling: “It is a colossal mistake to coerce an expression of others into an expression of ourselves.” (For what it’s worth, this blog is nothing but a remix of my feedreader and e-mail inbox. Also, coercing the expression of others into the expression of ourselves is the basis of language.) [catbird seat]

*Lists: Entertainment Weekly‘s take on the top albums from 1983-2008: #1. Purple Rain, #12. Stankonia. [largehearted boy]

*Afronauts: Slate asks why so many black musicians have been obsessed with outer space. I am reluctant to admit that I didn’t even know David Bowie was black. [fluxtumblr]

*Japanese youths flip for mini-karaoke. [ypulse]

*Lily Allen posts a chunk of a new song on her MySpace page. Refreshing in that it is not a difficult-to-understand blog post.

*Video: Low + “You May Need a Murderer” from Pitchfork.tv. I have a hard time embedding Pitchfork.tv videos. Due to my own incompetence.

*The Shins are leaving SubPop and self-releasing their next album. Also, they will change your life. Or so I hear. [universal]

Links for 4.29.08: MOG’s money, Bowie’s kids, Hendrix’s trio…

*MOG takes money from Universal Music Group and Sony BMG. Labels, labels, everywhere.

*David Bowie doesn’t like his daughter listening to the rock music. Especially Hilary Duff.

*Sony BMG isn’t suing Project Playlist! News at 11.

*You probably heard about the Jimi Hendrix sex tape. Here is a link. Not to the video, the NYT article. Sorry.

*Vinyl sales up 46% last year. But how closely have they been tracking garage sale sales?

*NIN to offer personalized concert tickets to evade scalpers? [getty images]

*The Black Eyed Peas to play in China? Despite a boycott? Count me in. [daily swarm]

Links for 10.27.07: Bowie’s voice, R. Kelly’s sales, Guitar Hero’s triumph +

*David Bowie will appear in a Spongebob Squarepants TV movie. [the playlist]

*Guitar Center – a store that normally sells musical instruments – will be selling Guitar Hero III this holiday season. [kotaku]

*R. Kelly is the top-selling artist among U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan this year. [daily swarm]

*Forget DDR: Dancing with the Stars for the Wii and PS2. [geeksugar]