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12.15.08: MP3 stores, hairbrush footballs, and QUIPS…

*Selling music: Amazon’s MP3 store is just doing OK – the company took in about $39M from the store last year. I still like Amazon’s offering, will use it 9 times out of 10 when buying music, and will tell you why I think it is going to be successful. No, I won’t. Here, I just get to say. [alley insider]

*Resource: Rocketsurgeon’s Music 2.0 Product Buzz feed lets you track digital music-related companies’ blogs.

*Movies: They are going to make another The Crow. [hinto]

*Retail: Zappos is so good at what they do (and I mean that, unlike 90% of the words I type on this blog), they’re offering their clients tips on improving their customer service – for $40 a month. [mashable]

*Video: The Arcade Fire made their tour documentary, “Miroir Noir” available online. Watch the trailer and/or buy it. Or don’t. (It’s not really like that weird hands site from before.)

*Politics: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich calls his personal hairbrush “the football” and keeps it within reach at all times. Let me be honest here: If I had any hair, I would do the exact same thing.

*Twitter: Read some amusing quips, IF YOU LIKE READING QUIPS.

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Links for 11.20.08: …

*Sexy men: Salon says that one of those preppy Ivy League dudes from Vampire Weekend is one of the sexiest men alive. I really liked that “Oxford Comma” song. But not THAT much. I mean. Not even close to that much. [largehearted boy]

*Multimedia: BuzzFeed highlights Paintings on Books, which I liken to people recording videos of their phonographs playing old records, then posting those videos on YouTube. Which is to say, LOVE.

*Videogames: The wondrous Waxy offers a collection of videos of Meta-Musicians, real rockers playing their own songs on Guitar Hero and Rock band. A few weeks ago, I sang Corinne Bailey Rae on Sing Star, though I am not Corinne Bailey Rae myself.

*Digital Rights Management: Apple is talking to more labels about offering their music through the iTunes store without digital rights management.

*Chinese Democracy: You are just three days away from claiming your free Dr. Pepper. Three days. Do not miss this or you will have to pay up to $1.25 for a Dr. Pepper in the future.

*Retail: I did not know that customer service wizards Zappo’s moved their slow-moving stock to 6pm, but now I do.

*Microsoft: Zune has cut prices. I would here like to make a bold stand and say that I prefer saying the word ZOON to saying the word EYEPOD. I’m just sayin’.

*Trends: New York Times columnist (and former Slate columnist) Rob Walker on some of my (and my day job’s) ideas. [Everything redacted.]

*Holidays: First Avenue will hold its second annual “Too Much Turkey” Thanksgiving dinner. [mfr]

*Economics: Perhaps you should listen to Nouriel Roubini on the state of world economics. And then cry. For almost ever. [3 quarks daily]

Links for 11.9.08: Hip-hop tots, Toby Keith’s pits, Swiftian acumen…

*Breaking: Toby Keith shaves his armpits. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!111111

*Country: First the New Yorker, now this? So everybody is going all Taylor Swift on us now? Of the 18-year-old Swift, lobotomized former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler says, “She’s a really smart businesswoman, smarter than a lot of 40-year-olds I know.”

*YouTube: MGM is ready to put full-length movies up on YouTube. Watch for “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Magnificent Seven.”

*Rumor: Is Sony BMG ready to go DRM-free on iTunes after all this time? And will anyone besides tech nerds care? Or maybe it really matters and I’m just tired? Gosh!?

*Toilet reading: This reading is ABOUT toilets! GET IT!?!?

*Music for rich people: Fred Wilson from A VC talks about music on the Sonos with the iTouch.

*Hip-hop: “Hip Hop Speaks to Children” brings the lyrics of Queen Latifah, Mos Def and Kanye West to tots.

*Twitter: Twuffer lets you tweet from the future. I had lasagne for dinner tomorrow night.

*Meta: I put the listenerd on Facebook. I don’t really even like Facebook!!!! Swearz!

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 9.28.08: Ivy league elitists and donuts dipped in ice cream

*Interview: LAist interviews David Berman of the Silver Jews – “I’ve never done much to try to build an audience. If this isn’t doing it , then it’s natural that i should move on to something more lucrative, like screen writing, in order to survive old age.” You and me both, motherfucker. You and me both. [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Ivy League elitists Vampire Weekend will be holding an Obama rally in Pennsylvania on October 4th. I somehow doubt this will move the independent vote much. [music slut]

*Relationships: Professional singer Scarlett Johansson got married to Ryan Reynolds, who once almost got married to Alanis Morissette. Tom Waits presided over an intimate ceremony. (Not really.) [huffpo]

*Reiteration: Mates of State = married people who are in a touring pop band. And who are blogging about it. Predictably, Yo Gabba Gabba comes up often.

*Digital Rights Management: If you bought DRM’d music from Wal-mart, you need to start burning CDs of it, because it’s going away. Who is buying digital music from Wal-mart?

*Food: If you don’t want to dip Krispy Kreme donuts in ice cream, you aren’t an American. Also, I feel like we’re headed the way of the Famous Bowl here. And that’s a good thing.

Links for 9.23.08: Bono vs. Palin, Gay Aiken, hip-hop Muppets…

*Gaywatch: Clay Aiken is gay. AND he is attracted to men. For reasons sexual.

*Politics: U2’s Bono will meet with Sarah Palin tomorrow. Perhaps you are waiting for me to make an inappropriate joke about two human beings whom I dislike intensely. When I have a couple beers in me, people. When I have a couple beers in me. Ugh. [daily swarm]

*Furniture: Who wants to sit on Hercules’ face? [apartment therapy]

*Ubiquitous: Kanye West is working on a pilot of a Comedy Central show that involves PUPPETS, somewhat like a “black Muppets.” FWIW: I would recommend the classic Muppet Show episodes to even the most adult viewers. Excellent television. [everywhere]

*Lodging: Red Roof Inn taps the power of country music, using music from Phil Vassar and Little Big Town as its telephone hold music and to otherwise promote the motel chain. Personally, I’m a Motel 6 kind of guy. Sometimes a tent. [licensing plate]

*Music biz: DRM-free tracks “[haven’t] moved the needle” according to music execs.

*Local: A contributor to the blog Perfect Duluth Day helps DIY geeks make their own instruments on MAKE. [mnspeak]

*Hodgman: John Hodgman has a new book coming out – “More Information Than You Require” – and Wired has interviewed him about it, as is warranted. I corresponded with Mr. Hodgman for my regular job once, and he was exceedingly polite. That was my brush with fame for 2007.

Links for 6.20.08: Girl Talk samples, Toby Keith’s movie, Diesel’s pants…

*Has the music industry abused us? “To me, Apple’s success with iTunes and its ability to sell 5 billion songs since its launch is an awful event.” Also: Who is “us”? [medialoper]

*Top 45 free music sites: Free, unless you consider the time you have to waste wading through the ads peppering this list a form of payment. Which I do. [red ferret]

*The Wikipedia page for Girl Talk’s new, name-your-own-price album “Feed the Animals” already contains a wealth of information on the samples used.

*Marketing: Diesel will be selling mud-resistant jeans and giving out free underwear at some European musical festivals this year. Mud-resistant jeans. [psfk]

*Listen to the oldest recordings of computer-generated music. Recorded in 1951, “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is every bit as powerful today. [waxy]

*The composer of some of the music John McCain is using for his ads is getting annoyed. Also: Who knew McCain was using videogame music?

*Toby Keith: Screenwriter.

*Semi-related: Why does your voice sound different when you hear it from a recording? [magnetbox]

*Off topic: The long-awaited video game Spore started releasing some teases the other day with a Creature Creator download. Within 48 hours users were creating porn creatures.

Links for 5.15.08: Apple’s DRM plans, The Beatles’ machinima…

*The Guardian: How is Apple changing DRM? Subscriptions rising?

*Extending album art: What your favorite albums look like beyond the cover… Did no one mock up that one Sugar Ray album? [tobs]

*Bloggers can feature Amazon MP3 tunes on their blogs now thanks to a widget. In boring news, I haven’t blogged about widgets in a long time. [coolfer]

*The New York Times writes up Kanye’s space alien aesthetic and his ego. Sure, he can pick on Entertainment Weekly, but what will Mr. West have to say about the paper of record?

*The Office‘s Creed has a platinum album to his credit with his band, The Grass Roots. [earfarm]

*FlyTunes: Add streaming video from the likes of Comedy Central and NBC to your iPhone. [listening post]

*Video: Machinima music video for The Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” made with World of Warcraft. [urlesque]

*They may give Jammie Thomas, the Minnesota woman busted for music filesharing, another trial.

*Also: The RIAA is on Limewire like crazy. WATCHING YOU.

*Off topic. BusinessWeek on Twitter. If you want to understand social media, read this. [buzzwatch]

Links for 4.23.08: Music for Oldsters, gay hip-hop, robot orchestra conductors…

*Too funny: GetBack Media focuses on music fans who are 35+, concentrating on American pop culture from 1968-1990. Those were the days? [musicweek]

*More on the Take-Away Shows tip: They Shoot Music, Don’t They?: tiny concerts, for the people. Not a lot of huge names, but check out Shout Out Louds. [psfk]

*Read Cracked’s Top 10 Unintentionally Gay Rap Lyrics: Tupac’s “Ever since you was a pee-wee, down by my knee with a wee-wee.” [the rap up]

*I’m predicting only niche acceptance: The Ouija board guitar. [bb gadgets]

*A robot, in the form of a Honda Asimo, is going to conduct the Detroit Symphony. [listening post]

*Recommended: Finally, the video for “Smell Yo Dick” is available. NSFW. [lots and lots of places]

*Slightly off-topic: Interview with Craigslist’s CEO. Lots of transcript here: Love it.

*If you bought music from MSN Music back in the day, you will probably be screwed as of August 31, 2008. Due to DRM. You were warned. Many, many times. [ars technica]

*If you enjoy data visualization: Read this list. [kottke]

*Happy 60th, Pops!

Links for 1.19.08: DRM’s death, Sean Paul’s power, Debbie Gibson’s camp…

*This we have long known: Sean Paul causes seizures.

*Sasha Frere-Jones takes on Kate Nash and the MySpacification of music marketing. [murketing]

*Tons of people writing (or filming) “DRM is Dead” rhetoric. It’s almost enough to get me to write my flaming, 500-dragon screed about punditocratic myopia. Almost.

*Deborah Gibson has launched Camp Electric Youth, a training ground for aspiring young performers. (Is it just me, or is the opening imagery for her site…scary?) [ypulse]

*Tangential: the MyStrands blog reminds me that I need a Nokia N95 phone. Which reminds me that I need a lot of money.

Links for 1.12.08: Watermarks rising, Aiken not, “decidedly uncool,” the RIAA’s chances…

*Though DRM is dying, are watermarks ready to rise?

*Kotaku finds someone who’s modded real drums to work with Rock Band.

*Japanese “melody roads” play music as you drive over them, using cars as “tuning forks.” Whoa. [networked music review]

*The most inspiring beards of all time. ZZ Top, Kenny Rogers and Cat Stevens all represent. [pop candy]

*For the cyclist afraid his earbuds will get him run over: The 2GO iH85 is a bike-mounted stereo system. [treehugger]

*Newsweek interviews Clay Aiken. And it does not go well. Clay Aiken: “I couldn’t even get off the toilet the other day.” [huffpo]

*The New York Times ponders the potential demise of the Gawker Media empire. (Maybe they need to swap Idolator for the listenerd.)

*Mashable says maybe EMI won’t really kill the RIAA.

*Off topic: From Friday’s New York Times, the best quote I’ve ever seen make the front page of said paper. On the occasion of riot-control gas being released on soldiers and civilians in Iraq:

“An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint.

‘This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,’ Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day.”

Links for 1.10.08: Amazon’s triumph, Reznor’s folly, Kanye’s TV

*Sony BMG to sell DRM-free tunes through Amazon. (My last three purchases were made via the Amazon music store, and they’ve all been seamless.) [ars technica]

*Trent Reznor inquires about a music tax. Will not go over well.

*Looks like the Flight of the Conchords guys got stuck going to CES this year. Suckers!!! Watch video here.

*Kanye West says he’s buying a 150-inch plasma TV. [fimoculous]

*Read and file: Hypebot’s 10 Music 2.0 Predictions for 2008.

Links for 1.7.08: Ringtones’ value, Rolly’s rollout, Napster’s MP3s…

*Napster is starting to sell DRM-free music now. MP3s. Funny. [paid content]

*To get Sony BMG’s DRM-free tunes, you have to go to a physical store and buy a card. Dumb. (More at Mashable.)

*The estimable Clive Thompson on the Loudness Wars: “Audiophiles are jackasses.”

*Soulja Boy (who is 17) is having a baby. (No supersoaking jokes from me.) [earsucker]

*Want headphones endorsed by the one and only Dr. Dre? $400. All hail the Loudness Wars. [daily swarm]

*Why Ringtones Are More Valuable Than MP3s. [del.icio.us/jimray]

*The Sony Rolly music player is coming to the U.S. in the spring. [engadget]

*More CES: Metallic wireless earbuds.

*Me too.

Links for 1.4.08: Reznor’s numbers, BMG’s DRM, Chuck D’s pitch…

*Has Apple illegally bullied Microsoft out of the digital music space? [digital music the future]

*BMG to drop DRM, embrace MP3s. (It’s been coming for what seems like forever.) [buzzfeed]

*Digital music accounted for a record 10% of music purchased in 2007. [ZDNet]

*Pandora lovers outside the U.S. can now use the service again with Hotspot Shield. [mashable]

*Trent Reznor releases the numbers behind the In Rainbows style release of Saul Williams’ new album. [metal sucks]

*Chuck D wants to run Def Jam now that Jay-Z is out. [getty images]

*The New York Times reports on opera’s move to embrace more mainstream consumers by transmitting shows to movie theaters.