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Links for 11.5.09: America is bread shoes, beer and Guitar Hero

*Twitter: One prediction about Twitter’s new list functionality – “Once it’s understood that you don’t have to be following someone to add them to a list people will begin to adjust who they are following to those they actually know and interact with moving news and site feeds, or celebs and joke accounts over to lists.”

*Speakers: The Wall of Sound is a ginormous speaker, and I don’t care WHAT your definition of ginormous is. (I have run into this ambiguity before.) [coudal]

*Music: Instrumentube allows you to play different instruments on YouTube by adjusting where you are on the timeline. It’s hard to make it sound good.

*Fashion: Bread shoes. You have no idea how often I accidentally step on mayonnaise. (Often.) [buzzfeed]

*BONUS: More footwear. Converse rain boots. For playing basketball in the rain. With no pants on. (I made up that last part.)

*Geography: Can you identify what these maps are all about? Hint: It’s the world. [harper’s]

*Evocative imagery: Look at these pictures of old people playing Guitar Hero. Oh, so Urlesque! (Also, the name Eliot Glazer reminds me of Eliot Spitzer. I feel sorry about that.)

*Poetry: This is a recording taken from a wax cylinder of Walt Whitman reciting from his poem, America. I’m not even kidding. Or selling Levi’s!

*ZOMG!: The brewmaster from Bell’s will be in St. Paul, at the Happy Gnome, on November 10! [heavy table]

*Today’s grade: F-

Links for 10.27.09: Chinese, cupcakes, beer, gourds

*Look: Chris Ware in the New Yorker. There are iPhones.

*Alert: Some Taco Bells serve cupcakes. I would like mine filled with hot sauce. Please. (That’s not a euphemism.) [harper’s]

*Green: Check out this vinyl that’s been bent, pounded, shaped and reused.

*The future: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, says that in 5 years, the web will be dominated by Chinese-language content. Get this: I don’t even speak Chinese. Also, ICANN has approved non-Latin characters for domain names.

*Food: Anthony Bourdain is doing some animated web-only short video bullshit that isn’t even about food. Also, it looks like there could be zombies. Or their close brethren.

*Beer: I cannot agree with this list of the 25 best beers in America, but I can drink them. With vigor.

*Gaming: Watch this dude play Guitar Hero without a guitar. You will note that I sometimes also play Guitar Hero without a guitar, but that my score is always zero. Always. [waxy]

*Local: Guides to eating in Minneapolis from Zagat and Treehugger. [ht]

*Fall: It’s decorative gourd season. [spin city]

*Today’s links: F.

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.

Video: Guitar Hero + Biking

Links for 11.16.08: Mickey Rourke’s music, Obama’s BlackBerry, Hodgman’s blog…

*Movie music: The Playlist has the almost touching (whaaa?) story of how Mickey Rourke helped secure music from Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen for Darren Aronofsky’s new film “The Wrestler.”

*Kanye: More caps from Kanye in his post titled Who’s Winning, Me or the Media? I have a confession to make. I LOVE CAPS.

*Videogames: The band British Sea Power rates Wii Music vs. Guitar Hero. [largehearted boy]

*Information: Supposedly, presidents can’t use e-mail or text messages because the data eventually becomes public and ultimately presents troublesome security challenges. Ergo, President-Elect Obama has to give up his BlackBerry. Damn, that’d be crippling. Another interesting nugget from this article is that prior to entering the White House, George W. Bush had an AOL email account. It was 1999, but still…

*Blogs: John Hodgman has a new (old ) blog. It’s brown now.

*Single-serve sites: Has Obama Taken Away Your Guns Yet? [ugh. can’t find where I saw this.]

*Reading: If you only read one of today’s links, read the one that leads you to George Packer talking about Obama and the New Liberalism in the New Yorker. It is this one.

Links for 11.5.08: Obama’s single, M.I.A.’s “hole” and blind wine…

*Hip-hop: Brother Ali has recorded a Barack Obama-inspired single called “Obama, You’re the Man.” I may have said this before, but I like Brother Ali. Download the track at MFR. The truth is here.

*Bloggers’ paradise: M.I.A. covers The Wire‘s theme song, “Way Down in the Hole.” Here’s the video. It’s in black and white. Like fucking art or something. [multiple sources!]

*Listen: Last.fm lets ‘net users listen to tunes of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart online. Maybe I need to go back to Last.fm? Maybe? [lp]

*Copyright: Gwen Stefani released her kid’s (Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale) first publicly available baby pictures under a Creative Commons license. Wow. That shit is bananas. [licensing plate]

*Mind control: Turn your environmental noise into soft, soothing sounds with EcoTones. “In the event a loud truck suddenly came by, for example, Ecotones would instantly and automatically raise the volume level and insert a custom sound, such as a loud crashing wave or a seal barking.” Woof. [cnet]

*Video: Heidi Klum’s viral Guitar Hero commercial is an homage to “Risky Business.” Underwear is involved. And pretending to play the guitar.

*LIQUOR: Lazarus Wine is made by blind people, for blind people. The labels are in Braille. [swissmiss]

*Twitter: Five of the funniest twitters you will ever read: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE. Thank you!

Links for 9.16.08: Yo Gabba guests, Internet meme attack, vinyl spins again…

*Social networks: The New York Times talks MySpace Music, including offering brief comparisons to Last.fm and Imeem.

*Video: Internet Meme Scratch Attack – a sampling of internet video cuts to soothe your savage work day. Also applicable if you are bored at any other time. [buzzfeed]

*Strokes: Nate Dogg had another stroke. He is now in stable condition. Two strokes, a car chase and an arrest this year. It’s time to regulate. It has to be.

*Vinyl: The WSJ talks records, saying “World-wide sales of LP records doubled in 2007.” And thus it is decreed: there will be a major media story about the revival of vinyl every two weeks until Armageddon. Or until AIG goes bankrupt. Whichever comes first.

*Videogames: Guitar Hero is the game played most by teens. The game I played most as a child was a miniature arcade version of Qbert. Usually in a moving car. FYI. [ypulse]

*Television: Whacked out kids’ show “Yo Gabba Gabba” (which I covered for the day job a bajillion years ago) will feature The Roots, MGMT, Mates of State and Jack Black, among other guests this coming season. [daily swarm]

*Literature: David Foster Wallace appears on Charlie Rose in 1997. I had respect for Mr. Wallace’s ability to make any topic its own intricate, interesting world. However, I have always been skeptical of dudes who wear head coverings.

*Food: I haven’t mentioned this in a while, so I feel I should say something a public service. Avoid black mead. Really, mead in general. It is an alcoholic beverage that tastes like mushrooms (in a bad way). AVOID. Thank you.

Links for 8.30.08: Metallica ages, criticism busts, more music crowdsourcing

*Play: JavaScript Rock Star. (Personally, I can no longer see a blue dot without thinking about David Cross. Or Brett Ratner.) [tobs]

*Criticism: What is the future of the music critic? (Is it 160 characters?) [largehearted boy]

*Juxtaposition: The New York Times reflects on the occasion of Trent Reznor playing at the Izod Center. Guys: Everyone is getting old.

*Crowdsourcing: Bandstocks allows fans to invest in bands, funding production of their music. One of a host of services aimed at crowdsourcing all aspects of the music biz, from A&R to distribution. [chasing lions]

*Elecs: The wristband MP3 player. (Oh, and it has GPS, too.) [crave]

*Metal: The Times follows Metallica to Romania, talks about how old they are and offers some clips from their latest album, “Death Magnetic.”

*Politics: Daddy Yankee will be kicking off the RNC on Monday, and has officially endorsed John McCain as his presidential pick.

Links for 8.29.08: Fuck That Band, Dylan’s harmonica, Guitar Hero movie?

*Law: Former Guns ‘N Roses’ guitarist Slash comments on the arrest of the guy who leaked some songs from “Chinese Democracy”: “I hope he rots in jail.” Ouch. [pee-fork]

*Videogames: Is there a Brett Ratner Guitar Hero movie in the works? If so, David Cross seems like a shoe-in to play the blue button. (I have no real idea what that even means.)

*Video: The IFC has recorded some discussions about the state of independent music in 2008; included among commentators are that nice lady from Idolator. And some other people. [more at IFC]

*Anger management: FuckThatBand.com. A music community for the haters. [metalsucks]

*Harmonica news: Bob Dylan has a line of Hohner harmonicas coming out.

*Off topic: Combining many of my favorite things, including facial hair, grooming and jewelry is the Mustache Comb Necklace. Also Mustache Comb Necklace is like the definition of word salad. [uncrate]

*Embarrassed and annoyed: OK, I was trying to read this one site (here often referred to as “Universal Music Group,” elsewhere referred to as “Stereogum”) at a Caribou Coffee in my neighborhood. (Yes, I still read Stereogum sometimes and I occasionally work from chain coffee stores.) Anyway, turns out Stereogum is totally dirty, I guess, because I got blocked.

Links for 8.28.08: Jam Legend, Cherp, breastcasting…

*Webcasting: Radiohead will be webcasting a show live from Santa Monica tonight, at 8:30 Central time. They are competing with Barack, people. How are we supposed to find resolution here? [pop candy]

*Videogames: JamLegend takes the Guitar Hero phenomenon online. (Their site was offline when I tried to visit. Funny. I guess.) [techcrunch]

*The Brett Favre of Musicians: Entertainment Weekly interviews M.I.A.: “I was quite happy to just leave it all behind. I was happy with what I had achieved. Now, with the success of ‘Paper Planes,’ there’s pull for me to make another record.” [music slut]

*Obit: It seems like every day this summer you see a new music-related obit. This time it’s for a guy who isn’t even dead. Bloomberg accidentally runs Steve Jobs’ obituary.

*Ideas: The Futility of Flogging Music, by Music Think Tank. I guess I thought flogging meant something else. Which is why I clicked in in the first place. [largehearted boy]

*Music biz: MuSick in the Head (and ReadWriteWeb) muses on iTunes prospects of joining the cloud. “The potential notion of Subscription + Cloud + iPhone + Taste Networking = pretty compelling proposition.”

*Breastcasting: Katy Perry gets a cast made out of her breasts. And, I take it, she liked it. [buzzfeed]

*Mashups: Atmosphere vs. Silversun Pickups [mfr]

*Marketing services: Cherp is a marketing services agency that helps corporations optimize their presence on Twitter. Here’s what you need to know: Be a living, breathing human person with faults, aspirations and ideas. Use twitter. Don’t be a prick. Goodbye. [mashable]

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 8.18.08: Radiohead feud, topless Kanye, rockers ask Why Obama?

*Rules: The RIAA comes down on Muxtape. First, it’s Scrabulous; now this. It’s almost like stealing isn’t OK anymore.

*Prodigies: A 16-year-old Guitar Hero prodigy quits school to focus on his passion, playing Guitar Hero. Hilarious joke [REDACTED]. [ypulse]

*Old white guys: David Byrne and Brian Eno offer a full stream of their new record, “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” [listening post]

*Live: Crowdfire captures concert-goers’ live music experiences. Multi-media experiences uploaded by people who were there.

*Feuds: The Hold Steady thinks that Radiohead has lost their way. As far as beefs go, I will take Ice T vs. Soulja Boy over this half-assed bullshit any day.

*Politics: Largehearted Boy has a series of posts wherein writers and indie rockers explain Why Obama.

*Topless photos: Of Kanye West. The commenters are asking for sit-ups. Yeezy, I feel your pain.

*Off topic: Pornography that’s for Canadians, by Canadians. Canada’s first adult video channel offering significant (at least 50%!) homegrown content prepares to launch. [kate]

Links for 7.18.08: MTV’s discovery, Waits <3’s Elliot, Barack headed to Lolla?

*Discovery: MTV launches its own music discovery tool, SoundTrack. In approximately 1.5 years, I will be beyond the age of discovery, and will only listen to the songs of my youth. [ypulse]

*Lists: 25 Things You May Not Know About Tom Waits – “His favourite contemporary artist is Missy Elliot.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Barack Obama to appear at this year’s Lollapalooza?

*Videogames: Rock Band will offer more than 500 songs by the end of the year.

*Videogames: Carriers prepare to roll out cellphone versions of Guitar Hero. [textually]

*Social: Last.fm gets a makeover. Forgive me; it has been almost a year since I last scrobbled.

*Journey: The Las Vegas Review-Journal profiles listenerd obsession Arnel Pineda. Yes, I am verifiably insane.

*Off topic: What are the 10 greatest misspelled tattoos? “Only God will Juge Me.” [mefi]

*Gone: I am going into the Northwoods, to the land of the Watersmeet Nimrods, where blogs dare not go. I will return at a later date, filled with beer and cheese, and wearing camouflage.

Links for 7.11.08: Metallica’s spendy album, the Beatles’ iPod, Johnny Cash’s hip-hop…

*Rumors: Word is, there is a Beatles-branded iPod on the way. [getty images]

*Wait: So Metallica is trying to charge $25 per download of its latest album, Death Magnetic? In my opinion: a lot.

*Jennifer Hudson’s new album cover is photoshopped. People. If it were up to me, I would be photoshopped at all times.

*Remixes: Johnny Cash + Snoop Dogg = Johnny Cash Remixed. It comes out on October 14. [p-fork]

*Scientology: Parade interviews Beck: “Right now I’m listening to the sound of Norwegian traffic outside my hotel window.” [indieblogheaven]

*Videogames: Guitar Hero publisher Activision Blizzard (that sounds weird) may be prepping to launch an iTunes rival music store.

*Movies: Is there a chance that there will be a Deadwood movie after all? It may not speak well of me, but Al Swearengen is my single favorite TV character ever. Cocksucker.

*Bump news: 9 months later (well, almost), and Fergie STILL might be pregnant…

*Bikinis: Perhaps you would like to see Carrie Underwood, the singer of “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in one. (Let me know if it’s any good. Personally, I’m too chaste to click through.)

*Luxury: Louis Vuitton sweatbands – Approved by hip-hop artist The Game! Personally, I like to do my sweating in my underwear. (No idea.)