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Links for 8.5.08: Rage Against the RNC, Bernie Mac lives, dancing dies?…

*Local + politics + music: Rage Against the Machine will be playing at Target Center on September 3, when the Republican National Convention will be going down. (Related: The Provention Concert.)

*Digital music: iTunes is the country’s sales leader for music, for the first half of 2008. Amazon (the best overall music buying experience for the consumer): rising.

*The Least Rocking Song of All Time: Oh, screw the least rocking song of all time. Check out this comment: “Maggie Gyllenhall has grandma-face.” Thank you, “Abe Froeman.” You have made my week. [opp]

*Dancing: The Boston Globe thinks dancing is going away. Except on TV. Obviously, they have not been hanging out in my living room. (No idea.) [3quarksdaily]

*Video: Sony signs up Rocketboom. PaidContent asks: Seven figures? Ouch.

*Retirement: The only dedicated retirement home for musicians in the UK, the Ivor Newton House, may soon be closing. 15 retired musicians would have to find new places to rock. [xrrf]

*More biz: Disc Makers has bought CD Baby.

*Breaking: Bernie Mac is not dead. Neither is the Subway guy.

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Links for 8.3.08: Lollapalooza 360s, music video search, Rickrolling again…

*Digital: “Computer music” pioneer Paul Lansky returns to primitive instruments. “To create the sound of a violin — wow! I can’t do that on a computer.”

*Lollapalooza: Check out the 360-degree views of this weekend’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. I see white people!

*Lyrics: Lyrics websites suck. Sure, they may suck for finding the words to songs, but they are useful when it comes to spyware and pop-ads. [medialoper]

*Tools: Find music videos with Cleepr without having to sort through the dross normally found on YouTube. [lifehacker]

*Old things: The Muppets Rick Roll. Personally, I like the Muppets. Well. Most of them. [heavy critters]

*Off topic: I saw some guys LARPing in the park by my house yesterday. With swords. And shields. And, I assume, with talismans. GOODBYE.

Links for 7.30.08: Fergie’s acting, streaming Palooza, Biggie vs. Mick…

*Faves: Listenerd favorite and Black Eyed Pee siren Fergie will soon take a break from singing about her humps and play a prostitute on the big screen in Nine. [vulture]

*Talk: Interview with Fleet Foxes – ” We’re not trying to pull the wools over anyone’s eyes so if people want to call us hippies that’s totally fine.” [largehearted boy]

*Lollapalooza: AT&T will stream some of the festival live from here. If you are too old to go.

*Pics: Words and photos from the recent Hold Steady thing at First Ave. (Disclosure: I work with the byline dude. He’s tall.)

*The Beat: The Frisky rounds up masturbation songs. For your pleasure. (Wait, wasn’t that Green Day song about this activity? Hello?) [buzzfeed]

*Mashups: Notorious B.I.G. vs. The Rolling Stones = Poppa Was a Rolling Stone. I can’t get a lot of satisfaction out of the way you call me Big Poppa. UH.

*Found: An unreleased recording of the Beatles was recently discovered in a Liverpool attic. Is it weird that I have cited news items on Dylan, the Stones and the Beatles all in the past two days, a couple of them regarding the discovery of previously unreleased materials? At the day job we talk a lot about the emergent age of near-infinite information persistence, but it seems that a marked lengthening of captured data’s life began 50 years ago. Also, I have been getting up at FIVE FUCKING THIRTY IN THE MORNING, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

*Local: MFR reminds us all that Minneapolis hip-hop band Atmosphere is the musical guest on CBS’ Late Night with David Letterman tonight.

*Off topic: Jerry Lewis has been carrying a gun in his luggage. And that is not a euphemism. (No idea.) [medialoper]

Off topic: Como Town’s Hotel Fire Ride

OK. Seriously, how weird is it that there’s a ride at local listenerd summer-time amusement park hotspot Como Town that forces children to pretend there is a SERIOUS AND DEADLY FIRE blazing in a LARGE 3-STAR HOTEL, and that it is their job to put it out?

As you can see, a wall of flames clearly licks the windows on every floor of the hotel, indicating a serious conflagration, which must – I can only imagine – spur the children to fight the fire that much harder. Thankfully, what’s happening beyond the hotel’s fiery facade is left to the imagination, lest riders (who must be, I think, at least 56 inches tall) catch a glimpse of smoke-blackened businessmen and terrified vacationers battling asphyxiation and clawing for their very lives.


Links for 7.25.08: MySpace music, Minneapolis style, Limewire legalese…

*Social media: MySpace music slated to launch in September. I do not have a MySpace. (Note that I did not botch the vernacular by saying “MySpace PAGE.”) [earfarm]

*Photos: A collection of photos from Fleet Foxes recent show at First Ave’s 7th Street Entry from More Cowbell. I am old.

*Local: The Minneapoline on Current.tv. [mediation]

*Attention, Arnel Pineda fans: There is a Journey MP3 player now. [bb gadgets]

*Law: Limewire does not believe that litigation is a good digital media strategy.

*Automotive: Truck antlers. (As I have mentioned many times — though not on this blog — I took my current job for one reason and one reason only: Truck Nutz. [antlers via coudal]

Links for 7.23.08: Wax Winehouse, Hype Machine hype, Zune tatts…

*The media: Fortune catches on to the Hype Machine.

*Hands-free: Wired introduces a music player you can control with your eyes. I’ll be honest: it looks a little bulky to me.

*Video: Kara Swisher of All Things D visits the offices of the Facebook-fueld social music company iLike.

*Body art: The guy with the Zune tattoo is sick of his Zune tattoo. And his Zune.

*Wax: Would you like to see a wax figurine of Amy Winehouse?

*Discovery: StumbleAudio is StumbleUpon for music.

*Lollapalooza: Barack Obama will introduce Kanye at the music festival. Should it be the other way around?

*Question: Did you get here because you were searching for: Devendra Banhart and pubic hair? I did.

Links for 7.22.08: A Lennon movie, Miley goes green, amazing movie mashups…

*Movies: John Lennon’s childhood is to be depicted in a forthcoming movie, Nowhere Boy.

*Moneys: TicketLeap is a platform that allows event organizers to sell tickets to their concerts or events. The venture has recently received $2M in funding.

*Mashups: Kottke collects a number of YouTube mashups that combine movie scenes (often poignant) with music that doesn’t fit them at all. I don’t even like Monsters, Inc, however I guess I like juxtapositions such as these.

*Things I Did Not Even Know: Miley Cyrus’ single “Breakout” is an eco-anthem. Despite covering both the music and sustainabilities spaces extensively, I did not know this. [grist]

*Local music: Jayhawks Gary Louris and Mark Olson talk about a forthcoming Jayhawks reunion album. I listened to the Jayhawks a lot in college. I’m not sure what that says about me, but if you know, please contact me with your analysis. [heavy critters]

*Off-topic video: Groverfield. Would a St. Elmo’s Fire muppet mashup be too much to ask for?

*Off-topic video: Watch a man kick himself in the head for about a minute straight. [esquire]

*Upcoming: I have read a lot of hate about LISTS on the internet recently and I am now currently preparing a vigorous defense. Please look for it. (In short: lighten up.) GOODBYE.

Links for 7.20.08: Avril’s “Girlfriend,” Improving Shakespeare, Girl Talk in the Times…

*YouTube: It is done. Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” has passed “The Evolution of Dance” on YouTube’s all-time most-watched list. The oligarchs are on top again and all is right with the world. Some boring, related money matters from Listening Post here. Let us hope the grass-roots effort to put “Evolution” back on top fails, as I am just starting to get used to the world as it should be.

*Retail: Unsigned musicians will now have more opportunity to sell their music through Best Buy. [koar]

*Literature: Ryan Adams has signed a book deal. It will hit shelves in 2009. No one knows what it will be about, but I know this: I will not read it, no matter what happens on this Earth. [absolute punk]

*Projects: Rufus Wainwright is setting William Shakespeare’s sonnets to music. Huge improvement? [largehearted boy]

*Law: Should music copyright last 5 years? I ask you this because I care.

*Britney has ceded full custody of her kids to K-Fed. This makes me sad.

*Jail: DMX got arrested again. For identity theft. Seriously, are you trying to depress the fuck out of me?

*Mashups: The New York Times‘ Consumed column (by Rob Walker) is about Girl Talk this week. If you need me, my head will be in the toilet.

*Tattoos: Neutral Milk Hotel. Goodbye, forever. (Wait. Should this have been in that list of misspelled tattoos? Or not?) [Also: this is not my arm.]

Links for 7.16.08: Music+Politics, Kanye’s ghost, Barenaked busts…

*Politics: Wyclef, Kanye and N.E.R.D. are all lined up to perform in Denver at the time of the Democratic National Convention. [the daily swarm] (See previous listenerd post for DNC tunes.)

*Songs: Bodies of Water records a Daytrotter session.

*Transportation: Pandora does up a video of the John Lennon Bus, which teaches school kids about songwriting and music production.

*Hacks: If you even know what a PSP-based homebrew sequencer app is, you will undoubtedly love PSPSeq. Look, I just type this shit, ok?

*Ghostbloggers: Kanye does NOT have one. A short list of people who are definitely NOT Kanye’s ghost blogger (because he doesn’t have one) includes: Marcus Troy. (Also: I am not Kanye’s ghost blogger. Hello? I CAN DO CAPS.)

*Local: Muzzle of Bees does 5 Questions with Twin Cities songstress and Dunn Brothers barista Haley Bonar: “Blogs are weird to me, I haven’t tapped into that scene yet, but I appreciate that they’re there.”

*Arrests: Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies has been arrested for coke possession. [absolute punk]

*Off topic: Andy Dick has been arrested for being a drunken asshole at a Buffalo Wild Wings.

*Local: Listenerd-endorsed Minneapolis music blogger SWITCHBLADE COMB will be appearing on Drinking with Ian on Friday. Maybe you should go.

*NO LINKS: I do not feel like writing about or linking to Hayden Panettiere’s new single, Scarlett Johansson’s covers of The Cure or Britney Spears’ prospective new material. I’m sorry if I’ve failed you.

Links for 7.12.08: Lennon’s payday, MGMT’s buzz, Lohan’s leggings…

*Genre: I have just learned from the New York Times that Fleet Foxes plays “cosmic American music.”

*Buzz: New York magazine tackles the tantalizing topic of MGMT’s buzz building methods.

*Beatles: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics sheet for “Give Peace a Chance” recently sold at auction through Christie’s for $833,000. Seems like a lot considering all the readily accessible song lyrics sites out there today.

*Localish: The Wall Street Journal talks to the Hold Steady: “If you’re going to have a drink, at least climb on top of the water tower to do it.”

*Fashion: Lindsey Lohan leggings have kneepads built in.

*Off topic: PaidContent was acquired by The Guardian. TechCrunch is in acquisition talks with AOL? The latter seems like a great way to consolidate loathing. [buzz machine]

*Off topic: Bic is launching a line of disposable pre-paid cellphones. Perfect for all your drug acquisition and/or distribution needs.

*Feelings: Economic charts and graphs are making me nervous. VERY NERVOUS.

Links for 7.9.08: Lil Wayne marketing, torture music, Last.fm pays indies…

*Money: Last.fm will pay royalties to unsigned artists for the songs streamed through their service. Label this! Hypebot captures the response of Merlin (the “indie major”). [techcrunch]

*Torture: Torturers might owe royalties to artists for the music they play over and over to torture victims.

*Cellular: Call a rapper, get a freestyle ringtone. [WAIT – my day job?]

*Television: Wine bar music comes to Sesame Street as Feist performs with Elmo on PBS on August 11th.

*Industry: Is myAWOL (My Artists Without Labels) a new kind of label? Which is to say a media channel meant for music and optimized for the internet. (Hey, that aside wasn’t droll at all!)

*Contest: Would you like to compete with Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. to create the best song from the lyrics of The Honeydogs’ Adam Levy? It’s for Minnesota Public Radio! OK, I would not either.

*Tapes: The Cassette Tape Pouch. It does not play music.

*Marketing: NPR deconstructs Lil Wayne’s marketing strategy for The Carter III. [the rap up]

*Politics: Barack Obama gives a shout out to Weezy’s lyrical skills at a Georgia campaign event.

*Song title of the day: “Too Drunk to Fuck” by Buckcherry. Video.

Links for 7.8.08: Metal real estate, bikini bloggers, Nickelback’s triumph…

*Metal Real Estate: A fabulous report on the homes of the heavy metal stars from Metal Inquisition. [metal sucks]

*Wear: A JUSTICE fashion line. [psfk]

*Memory loss: I swear this was previously mentioned on the listenerd. EMI is wading into the world of vinyl reissues.

*Literature: The Indie Rock Coloring Book, Colour It Red, benefits the (RED) campaign. Also:The Indie Rock Connect the Dots book includes homages to Elliott Smith and Sleater-Kinney. [p-fork]

*Deals: Nickelback has signed a 360 deal with Live Nation for between $50M and $70M. Personally, I am not a fan of the band Nickelback. [getty images]

*Stats: Everybody hates music critics. (For me, it’s all the big words they use.) But we’ll take music recommendations from our friends!

*Listen: NPR posts a live set from a Fleet Foxes gig in Washington, DC. [music slut]

*Mental health: There are people paying to see Bon Jovi play in Central Park, even though it’s a free concert.

*Off topic: Urlesque gathers a linkbaiting list of 20 bloggers they would like to see in bikinis. WITH ONE GLARING OMISSION.

*Question: Who does not want a GUN for a CHANDELIER?

Links for 7.7.08: Block Party, Fleet Foxes videos, Jay-Z ringtones, Kanye’s rage…

*Currently tops on my list of “Lists Whose Purpose I Must Not Fully Understand” is this Listening Post list of the Top 10 Hottest Music Sites. MOG? But not Hype Machine. I may not have mentioned this previously, but I am retarded.

*Nice list: Songs with lyrics with 35 words or fewer. Includes “You Are So Beautiful.” I may not have mentioned this previously, but I am a strict adherent to the tenet: Clarity. Levity. Brevity.

*If I were just sitting around blogging all day, I would have passed these on earlier. Like, hours ago.

Video: Bloc Party’s “Mercury.” There are monkey things. [everywhere]

*And also: Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal.”

*And also: Santogold’s “Creator.” [getty images]

*Thumbplay is releasing 10 exclusive ringtones from Jay-Z. Personally, I have a Biggie Smalls ringtone. It is very embarrassing, and part of a complicated ritual of self-mortification I have for some reason undertaken.

*Are Kanye’s people trying to send him to anger management classes? I, for one, would be pissed. [rock daily] Mr. West’s response? “I NEED ANGER ENHANCEMENT! LOL!

*The Family Osbourne has a variety show coming out on Fox. OK, now I’m irate.

*Read: An L.A. Times article on Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals and pay-what-you-want Topspin Media. [coolfer]

*Off topic: Is Twitter buying Summize?

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?