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Video: Hüsker Dü live at First Ave, 1985

Links for 6.5.10: What follow are the links for 6.5.10

*Food: I will highly recommend the cherry mash, available at Minneapolis’ Sugar Sugar.

*BLOGS: The Paris Review is now blogging. Plimpton. Funny word.

*Prison: You know that prisoners type, right? Do you know what they type on? CLEAR PLASTIC TYPEWRITERS from Swintec. This is incredibly awesome, if you can get past the incarceration part.

*Baseball: Wilco has started sponsoring Little League teams.

*Cooking: These tongs look like a microphone. Remember Eat Me Daily? Back when it was being written every two or three days or so? Yeah. Great times.

*Beverages: The Beer-Friendly Hoodie. Maybe this should have gone under fashion.

*Sounds: This may or may not be the voice of Oscar Wilde. IN REAL AUDIO. Just as the literary Gods would have wanted. [mefi]

*The Internet: Clay Shirky writes for the Wall Street Journal, asking “Does the Internet Make You Smarter?”

*Music: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performs “Death Letter Blues” with an old band of his, The Shouting Matches. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually been to the Stereogum site, and WOW. Just wow. The background has wowwed me.

*Consumer electronics: Nokia has a device that harnesses the energy from a bicycle to charge a cellphone. I want one of these that would work with my phone.

*Media: The fact that many movies and television shows use the same prop newspaper has been making the blog rounds lately, but it’s worth linking to, regardless.

*First Avenue: Local rock club First Ave whitewashed the band name-bearing stars painted on the outside of their building. Originally, the rumor was that all of the stars would be coming back. Now, it looks like 100 bands will lose their stars. I don’t even HAVE a star.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 1.25.10: 19 Tips for Better Abs

*Update: It has recently (online and off) been asked – “What is happening to this blog?” I feel like I should address this question in the form of a listicle (the true essence of the “blog” format): 1) What has been happening is simple, inevitable change.

2) To wit: I’m reminded of a passage from a Randall Jarrell lecture on Wallace Stevens (though you have to connect some dots to understand how the Marx reference gets back to Stevens – and then again to get to our present situation): “When Marx said that he wasn’t a Marxist he meant, I suppose, that he himself was not one of his own followers, could not be taken in by the prolongation and simplification of his own beliefs.” That statement is sorta about art and politics, but it’s more importantly about being an active, thinking, creating human being. It is the healthy delta between creator and consumer. Note: I do not like the listenerd.

3) I have been Tumbling more. (My twitter account, meanwhile, has felt creatively desiccated.)

I have been deciding in which social media bucket to put what kind of interesting, shareable tidbit (tumblr, here, twitter, etc.) entirely by feel. I freely admit that I have probably been doing it wrong. Additionally, my creative output at work has dwindled probably to the hundreds of words weekly. In short, I’m getting old. Fuckers.

*Article: Here’s the kind of thing I used to link to more frequently: The Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger has been Okayed! Hooray! Wait.

*Literature: “Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge” is a literary essay delivered through the medium of a Google map. It is excellent. Like, “Two Gentlemen of Lebowski” excellent. That’s high praise around here. [shorties]

*Data: Feltron has released his annual report for 2009. (As I have mentioned many times previously, Mr. Felton helped us out by recording a video for my day job, and I have always enjoyed his reports.)

*Obesity: Thinner Whole Foods employees (or at least those with lower BMIs) will get better discounts? If I keep going at the rate I’m going, my employee discount would quickly be at 110% retail price. But first I’d have to get a job at Whole Foods. A job for which I would be wholly unqualified.

*Fisticuffs: Apparently, there was a brawl at the TC Hip-Hop Awards at First Ave.

*Bands: Gabba is a British cover band that does Abba and the Ramones. I like the idea of walking mashups. [spinner]

*Hip-hop: Flavorwire does a round-up of Understand Rap explanations from Blueprint 3. I’m inclined to enjoy explanations of lyrics, though I cannot explain why. Also, I would love to see a Hopelandic explanation site. [the pocketdialed reader]

*Today’s links: F.

Two local notes: Conrad and Scott Seekins

Ignore this if you are not a Twin Citizen. (Related, though, is a topic that has tickled me [in a bad way] since I started nosing around our online culture – the strange, seemingly disproportional, geo-parochialism of Twin Cities bloggers. I’m repeatedly surprised about how many Minneabloggers’ conversations seem so strangely, strenuously local. It’s like we’re living in a physical world instead of a world of ideas or something. But I have digressed.)

OK, business. Via S4xton’s tumblr comes this post asking the world who the “mysterious” Conrad whose name is being celebrated on a silver First Avenue star (featured in the accompanying photo) is. I’m not sure what’s funniest about the post – the question itself, the “wonderful,” or the failed Wikipedia search. And I’m not just saying that because Conrad is uncle Con. The appropriately sheepish followup links to a couple of tumblr posts – or just see these.

Secondly, I saw Scott Seekins yesterday and dutifully recorded it on Seeking Seekins.

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 8.23.08: Bjork v. P-fork, Coltrane’s house, Metallica streams…

*Video: Chromeo plays Live from Daryl Hall’s House. Who’s next? Daft Punk playing at his house? [waxy]

*Haterade: Bjork hates Pitchfork even more than you do. “just read that pitchfork.com credited nico muhly for the choir arrangement of “hidden place” from vespertine . also that he has done string arrangements for me . this is not true . journalists : please read the creditlist before you write your articles” [music slut]

*Jazz: Second-graders fall in love with jazz legend John Coltrane. Then they try to save the house in which he wrote “A Love Supreme.” [fark]

*Streaming: You can listen to Metallica’s new single, “The Day That Never Comes,” on MySpace legally, without being sued. [pop candy]

*Local: Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue has redesigned their website. Now with 50% more pulsating! The history section is worth a read. They also twitter when shows are announced or sold out.

*Viral video: Rob Walker looks at Blendtec’s “Will It Blend?” YouTube series. Personally, my favorite part is when a lot of toxic dust comes wafting out of the blender.

*Namaste.

Links for 8.20.08: Can songwriters make a living selling clothes?

*Royalties: Lyric Culture sells clothes with song lyrics on them, with the songwriters receiving royalties. Seriously, the twitter fortune cookie idea wasn’t that outrageous… [ypulse]

*Sap: A few months old, but a 33-minute NPR interview with the couple from the movie “Once.” [buzzsugar]

*Bands: Paste magazine takes a look at up-and-coming bands: Bon Iver, Wale. [pop candy] (Thanks for the dumb-ass interstitial ads when I try to go out the door Pop Candy!)

*Rich people: Forbes lists hip-hops richest moguls of 2008. [daily swarm]

*Local: Read the Reveille review of Bon Iver’s recent concert at First Ave: “I’ve been to sold-out shows at First Avenue before, but not like this one. Even in the back of the room, the fringes of the crowd were just as rapt and reverent as the ones at the front.” (At this rock club, they will shush you if you so much as rustle during a Low set.)

*Huh: Toby Keith is a Democrat.

*Off topic: Shoes that look like waffles. [neatorama]

*Olympics: Race Usain Bolt with your fingers. [jimray]

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]

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 5.8.08: Bob Seger tattoos, Gravy’s B.I.G. performance, Dave Grohl’s angry letter…

*Your online repository for all Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-related tattoos. [Hotdogsladies]

*”Gravy is killin’ it.” P. Diddy on the performance of the actor playing Biggie in his upcoming biopic.

*Dave Grohl writes a letter to Metallica: “Good luck. And don’t release it until it’s kick-ass.”

*Mobile music revenue is down 17.6% for WMG.

*How do you slap someone around with a Blackberry? Ask Foxy Brown. [nah right]

*Video: Rock Band hates this man. Watch it. [waxy]

*Perez Hilton is launching a clothing line. Pretty sure I couldn’t pull any of this stuff off, either.

*Also: Britney loves Radiohead. Weird that she didn’t go with the digital, pay-what-you-want version?

*If you still love Facebook, you can stream your iTunes playlist through it via nuTsie. [listening post]

*DMX got arrested for speeding. Woof!

*Local (Minneapolis): First Ave is twittering. [switchblade comb]

*30 Rock quote: Lemon: “You had a three-way with Roseanne and Tom Arnold.” Blonde chick: “That was two years ago.”

*Facestats: The world thinks I’m 42 years old.

LOCAL video: The Replacements playing First Ave’s Seventh Street Entry in ’81

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Links for 10.20.07: Dumbledore gay, rock dead, First Ave hit +

*Peefork gives Radiohead’s In Rainbows a _._. Fill in your own rating. [plastic bag]

*On net neutrality: The Associated Press reports that Comcast is blocking BitTorrent traffic.

*iTunes drops the price on its DRM-free tunes and adding DRM-free indies. [via hypebot]

*Also via hypebot, check out the Go2web2 slideshow of Music 2.0 services.

*The execrable local: A “fucking car” crashed into First Ave. [via mediation]

*The also-execrable practice of internal linking begins its decline? Engadget. Ugh. [via techmeme]

*Sales of gaming consoles are booming. The peer pressure does not seem to be persuading the rest of one certain household.

*10 legal ways to find cheap music. [via largehearted boy]

*If you have been wondering what MP3 player to buy your toddler. [parent dish]

*Dumbledore is gay.

*Rock is dead (says Sufjan).

*Frank and Bourdain are both tall.

*Sasha Frere-Jones hates white people.

Video: Tay Zonday’s Oct. 5th First Ave performance

The video quality’s bad, but the crowd goes NUTS prior to Mr. Zonday singing “The Can’t Dance” on October 5th at First Avenue. He opened for Girl Talk.