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Links for 12.23.08: I’m going on vacation after this

*WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: Pete Wentz weighs under 140 pounds. (This article will most probably DISGUST you.) Also, I way 2.5X as much as Fall Out Boy? [caitlin]

*Mashups: Read an essay on Girl Talk. Well, hello! The writer seems to dislike Slate! (This essay is LONG. For the internet.) [rawkblog]

*Graphics: The Ludacris-Proximity Sadness Meter – in which it is scientifically proven that the closer adoring young fans are to rapper Ludacris, the happier they are.

*Feeds: Digg now offers a whole slew of feeds through Twitter. I may come off as a pretentious douche, but I hate using Twitter as a traditional feedreader, and can barely even stomach following heavy linkers. I am there mostly for the art. And I say that without a drop of sarcasm. Seriously. Effers.

*Local: The New York Times takes a look at Minnesota’s Senate recount. Says the Times‘ Editorial Board: “It’s too early to say whether Mr. Franken or incumbent Senator Norm Coleman will win, but one thing is becoming clear. Minnesota is pretty good at running elections.”

*Fashion(?): If you are a THRASHER (as we used to call them), you may want to purchase the Sk8 Wallet, which is made from a recycled skateboarding deck.

*Pimping: As noted on the Jobby Blog, my colleague Hans recently wrote for Slate on the Lipstick Index (an old saw and theoretical – unofficial – recessionary consumption measure) and its more modern iterations.

*NOTE: I am going to CES when I return from vacation. If there’s anything I should see there, please let me know. Warning: I’m not easily enthused.

*Vacation: I am going to the great northland tomorrow. If I don’t return, you can have my blog.

Video: Girl Talk’s “I’m a PC” commercial

[waxy]

Links for 10.17.08: Yeezy’s ganking, Girl Talk’s vlogging, Russell’s hustling…

*The Annals of Ganking: Yeezy (Mr. Kanye West) has been accused of ganking content from NYMag blog Vulture. Next thing you know that fucker will be tumbling without vias. (Huh?) [bossip]

*Vlogging: Girl Talk has a YouTube channel set up for their (his?) current tour. Each video is made up of parts taken from dozens of other video bloggers. (Not really.) [peefork]

*Politics: Spanish socialists have adopted Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot, as their own. [metal sucks]

*Speculation: The Facebook Music talk kicks up again. (I only go to Facebook for the drunken photographs. And the hilarious virtual gifts.) [mfr]

*Hip-hop: The Economist profiles Russell Simmons. Of his own Rush Card – a way for the unbanked to handle monetary transactions without getting an account – Mr. Simmons says, “This card is meant to get people laid, get them feeling dignity.” Funny. [licensing plate]

*Sustainability: How are musicians going green? Plenty says they’re using biodiesel busses, solar-powered studios, guitars made from sustainably harvested materials, and using soy ink. I don’t know why they didn’t mention Cloud Cult. [largehearted boy]

*Worth it for the headline: “Is It Just Us Or Does J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek Look Laughable & Retarded?” The headline was too good; I didn’t read on. [the playlist]

*Twitter: Qwitter lets you know when you have been unfollowed. (I mostly quit twitter – and committed twitticide even – a while ago. I don’t even know why.) [waxy]

*Local: The New York Times on law-and-order loving Minneapolites Atmosphere, who played the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza recently:

“Slug, the group’s verbose rapper, noticed something. Two fans, engaged in a shoving match, were causing a commotion on the floor. ‘Stop the song,’ Slug advised his band, before addressing the troublemakers. ‘Just separate yourselves, like bad kids at the party.'”

Links for 9.15.08: Best Buy’s Napster, Dylan poems, ugly metal men, fat guy shirts…

*Business: The evolution (or devolution?) of the Napster mission and public image is about as interesting as a brand history can be. It was announced today that Best Buy is buying Napster for $121M.

*Money: The Wiggles are Australia’s top-earning performers. Take that, Russell Crowe. (I also have a 30-Odd Foot of Grunt quip prepared, but it is inappropriate to share in this context. I’m sorry.) [parent dish]

*Poetry: The New Yorker publishes some new poems by Bob Dylan. They are short!!!!1 [universal music group]

*Metal: Who are the 10 Ugliest Dudes in Metal? I honestly believe that Lemmy should be #1, and I will go to my grave thinking so. [metal sucks]

*Punditry: Giga Om’s take on why MySpace Music will fail: “The reason I call it mission impossible is because I think the labels and MySpace are trying to win yesterday’s war.”

*Talk: Peefork goes on a Coney Island tour with Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis. But do they talk to him about live, on-stage concert sex? OK, well maybe they should have.

*Royalty: Last.fm streams the new Kings of Leon album, “Only By the Night.” [licensing plate]

*Internet culture: Twitter is penis is a service that republishes certain twitters, replacing some of the words with the inherently comical word “penis.” I don’t know why. [tobs]

*Fashion: This has made the rounds, but you need to read it anyway – Fat Guy Shirts. [kate]

Links for 9.11.08: Kanye’s bust, DMX’s interests, album art cartography…

*Maps: Word magazine’s Album Covers Map gives you the cartographic low-down on where iconic album cover photographs were shot. [magnetbox]

*DMX: Complex interviews DMX. Q: “What’s your favorite body part on a woman? DMX: Well, it would have to be the coochie.” After that, it starts getting REALLY deep. [lots of places]

*Experimental: The New York Times on Mercury Rev’s use of an electroencephalograph: “A rock band using a primitive EEG to come up with ever more out-there guitar sounds might seem to be parody, or worse.” BUT NO.

*Mashups: Have I mentioned the New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones’ article on Girl Talk yet? It seems like I would have. To wit: “To protect his Panasonic Toughbook, Gillis covers it in Saran Wrap and uses a mouse rather than the track pad.”

*Law: Kanye West got arrested for getting into it with a paparazzi cameraman. For once, I am on Kanye’s side. (Well, I am also on his side when it comes to all that weirdo alien bullshit.) [xrrf]

*Metrics: Band Metrics helps music become businesses by giving them the tools to crunch numbers and understand costs. (Your lead singer is getting paid too much.)

*Media: Good magazine asks readers to name their price (Paste did this previously, as well). [ypulse]

*Data: Cragslistindex crunches number for Craigslist sites across cities. You should probably play with this. [mefi]

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.

Links for 8.27.08: Jay vs. Noel, Okkervil YouTube and SMOKING…

*Music videos: If you want more Okkervil River music videos like Bon Iver’s cover of “Blue Tulips,” you should probably subscribe to the band’s YouTube channel. [filter]

*Mashups: Jay-Z vs. Oasis again; this time in the form of a mashup (by Cookin’ Soul), rather than a beef. Personally, I enjoy beef. [listening post]

*Concerts: Greg Gillis of Girl Talk says “I’m waiting for someone to 69 on stage.” Also, he says a lot of other stuff.

*Interviews: Paste magazine interviews Calexico: The band really digs Cormac McCarthy. [music slut]

*Obit: Steve Foley, the drummer for the Replacements, died this weekend of an accidental prescription pill overdose at the age of 49. [rolling stone]

*Guns: Read an excerpt from “Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses.” [fimoculous] Also: The dude who leaked those Chinese Democracy songs has been arrested. At the behest of Dr. Pepper’s lawyers?

*Religion: Guitar Praise is like Guitar Hero, but with Jesus. And, probably, Moses. [best week ever]

*P2P: The legit wing of the LimeWire store is expanding; they’ve added The Orchard’s music catalog. [hypebot]

*Smoking: I don’t know why you would want to have a pack of cigarettes stuck to the side of your head, but if you would, you can buy a telephone headset that looks like an open pack of heaters. And then you can wear it. [shinyshiny]

Links for 8.11.08: Byrne’s bikes, the coming apocalypse, iTunes $$$…

*David Byrne: First he made a building sing. Now he has designed some New York City bike racks. Next? [coudal]

*Biz: Coolfer asks, is the iTunes music store a huge money-maker or a break-even proposition meant to prop up hardware sales?

*Apocalypse: Greg Gillis of Girl Talk will be playing his final concert (and, indeed, the world’s final concert) on December 12, 2012, the day of the apocalypse according to the Mayan calendar. I am not buying tickets, but might try to crash the show.

*The Markets: Live Nation stock bounced 28% after its earnings report last Thursday.

*Consumer insights: Hipster Runoff runs an infographic of what you see when you go to music festivals. I highly recommend that you look at it, as it is colorful, accurate, and easily consumed.

*Things you know: Isaac Hayes died. Then Slate asks: Where do Scientologists go when they die? [spin city]

*Fashion: T-shirts for fake bands. You know what would be a hilarious fake band name? Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. [fimoculous]

*Rumors: Though fans wondered for hours whether Lil Wayne’s 8-year-old daughter had died in a car crash, she is fine. Ugh. Scary.

*Dirty: By now most of us have seen Kafka’s porn. (Hilarious pornography jokes redacted.)

*The Wikipedia entry for anagram told me this, and it is FUCKED UP:

“Anagrammist Cory Calhoun discovered that the first 3 lines of the ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ soliloquy from Hamlet (“To be or not to be, that is the question; whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune“) anagrammed into the phrase ‘In one of the Bard’s best thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.'”

ALSO: “Jim Morrison came up with an anagram of his name in the Doors song L.A. Woman, calling himself ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’.”

COINCIDENCE? [caitlin]

Video: Girl Talk at All Points West 2008

The first 40 epileptic seconds, at least, are worth the click.

This is the first in a series of videos. Warning: It includes much footage of spazzing out, computer staring, and an empty stage. And beach balls. (The channel upon which the rest of this series can be found is here.)

Links for 8.7.08: Girl Talk’s legality, TuneWiki’s rise, Boredom drummers…

*OMG: Tomorrow is 8 / 8 / 08! Brooklyn Vegan has a list of the 88 drummers playing The Boredoms’ 88Boadrums. Including: Fuji, Yoshimi and Eye, to name a few with very short names.

*Wait. WHAT?: Blah blah blah Tesco. Blah blah blah “Dirty Dancing” promotion. Blah blah blah “drive watermelon sales.” Let me just say: I’m all for watermelon sales.

*Play Your Part: The New York Times is onto Girl Talk. BUT DID THEY “WRITE” A MASHUP REVIEW OF GT’S LATEST ALBUM? OK. I’m breathing now. Breaths. Whew.

*M.I.A.: Staunchly anti-terrorist since forever. (Despite using Tamil Tigers iconography!)

*Digital music: Popcuts will pay you if you buy songs that become popular? Could pyramid schemes be the future of the music biz? WAIT a sec… [largehearted boy]

*Television: Guess who wants to go to Police concerts: Public radio donors. (That is code for old people.) Also: Best Buy will be the exclusive seller of the geriatric band’s forthcoming live DVD.

*TuneWiki: Will it “[become] the standard media player on Google’s forthcoming Android platform”?

*Local: Local online music mag Reveille is having a birthday party at the Turf Club on August 9.

Video: Fan-made mashup video for Girl Talk’s “Still Here”

[p-fork]

Video: Rotoscoped fan-made vid for Girl Talk’s “Bounce That”

For the Open Source Cinema Project. This video has been around for a bit, but I am posting it regardless.

WITH IMPUNITY, MFERS!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Mashup review: Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals”

Read: A mashup review of Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals” made from the scraps of other reviews written around the web. Linked version first; unlinked version (far more readable) below. Yes, this is a gimmick. And yes, I only wrote two words of it. And one comma.

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The element of surprise is gone from the mash-up. Still, Girl Talk, a one-man mash-up mania hailing from Pittsburgh, puts together a mean sampling album – the most recent, Feed the Animals, was released over the weekend on his website.

It’s a typically colorful, animated collection of seamlessly layered samples, with few pretensions to high art: This is a party album through and through, a place where classic rock riffs (Spencer Davis Group, the Guess Who) groove underneath contemporary rap hits and ’80s pop cheese. But Gillis makes some samples sound like brand-new music with a more complicated message: One striking sequence on “Play Your Part (Pt. One)” pairs “Hunger Strike,” Temple of the Dog’s shout-out to poor folks, with Ludacris’ cash-celebrating “What’s Your Fantasy.”

The record’s pacing is astonishing– with more than 150 sample sources (all thanked in the liner notes), it ricochets from Top 40 hits to obscure gems and back again like a cool breeze, clocking in at less than 42 minutes. There is a moment—and I do mean a moment—on Feed the Animals when Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” is mashed up with Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and two of my all-time favorite artists share the room in a geek-out moment to end all.

Attempting to explain Feed The Animals and identify what succeeds or fails with the set can’t be done on the level of an album in its entirety, it’s hard to even approach each track on an individual basis considering what they are. The real fun of Feed the Animals is the act of recognition, so I won’t say much more, except this—Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals makes a great car washing soundtrack.

Unlinked version (see above for attribution):
The element of surprise is gone from the mash-up. Still, Girl Talk, a one-man mash-up mania hailing from Pittsburgh, puts together a mean sampling album – the most recent, Feed the Animals, was released over the weekend on his website.

It’s a typically colorful, animated collection of seamlessly layered samples, with few pretensions to high art: This is a party album through and through, a place where classic rock riffs (Spencer Davis Group, the Guess Who) groove underneath contemporary rap hits and ’80s pop cheese. But Gillis makes some samples sound like brand-new music with a more complicated message: One striking sequence on “Play Your Part (Pt. One)” pairs “Hunger Strike,” Temple of the Dog’s shout-out to poor folks, with Ludacris’ cash-celebrating “What’s Your Fantasy.”

The record’s pacing is astonishing– with more than 150 sample sources (all thanked in the liner notes), it ricochets from Top 40 hits to obscure gems and back again like a cool breeze, clocking in at less than 42 minutes. There is a moment—and I do mean a moment—on Feed the Animals when Jay-Z’s “Roc Boys” is mashed up with Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” and two of my all-time favorite artists share the room in a geek-out moment to end all.

Attempting to explain Feed The Animals and identify what succeeds or fails with the set can’t be done on the level of an album in its entirety, it’s hard to even approach each track on an individual basis considering what they are. The real fun of Feed the Animals is the act of recognition, so I won’t say much more, except this—Girl Talk’s Feed The Animals makes a great car washing soundtrack.

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]