Note: The listenerd is physically ill right now, but will return in full force tomorrow. Unless something is horribly, horribly wrong. In which case this blog will simply go blank forever. OKOKOK. Some links. Consider this half force.
*Photos: Some dude has been sleevefacing the present. With the past. That sentence made sense. To like 8 people. Next up: Taking old photographs of family members and sleevefacing our own faces with those of our ancestors? [coudal]
*Nudity: The Swiss enjoy naked hiking (with fantastically hilarious picture). Have I told you about my own fondness for cold-air baths? I probably shouldn’t. Especially not in graphic detail.
*Retro-tech: Check out these cassette-themed envelopes. That little post-it note says “Now also in green.” Yup. 8 years of college German. In fact, one of the first things I ever published was a short story about liver noodle soup, written in German. I’m an idiot. [swissmiss]
*Picture: Look! An AIG executive wearing a Che t-shirt! Surely God will smite him for this transgression. [eyeteeth]
*Heavy metal: If you need a visual guide to Satan Fingers, how metal are you?
*Food: A Hamburger Today: A blog about hamburgers. I know one guy who can eat a double double in like a minute.
*Furnishings: Holy awesome! Check out these rock and roll vases from Legarage Pierreblanc – Thrasher, AC/DC, KISS and more! But are they garish enough?! [eyeteeth]
*Charts: Holy awesome! Check out this flowchart for Heavy Metal band names! What wonderful RSS reader have I stumbled upon this evening?!? [coudal]
*Drugs: I have never taken (or “dropped”) acid. If any fine listenerd readers HAVE done so, could you please let me know if this site simulates the experience? Also, I watched this thing for 10 minutes and feel like vomiting. And not just in my mouth. [lisa]
*CES: One of the coolest things I saw at CES was EasyBloom’s Plant Sensor, a gadget that you place in a prospective gardening spot and leave for 24 hours. You then bring it in, plug it into your USB port and it will tell you what vegetation you should or should not plant in your chosen spot based on soil, moisture, and temperature conditions. And it looks like a flower.
*Location: Last.fm has added an event mapper that will recommend to you concerts and the like in your area. [duke listens]
*Local: The St. Paul Saints are planning an outdoor baseball game – an “icebreaker” for February 28th. It was -17 yesterday.
*Obits: The head of Def Jam records, Shakir Stewart, killed himself. He was 34. I’m 34. Ugh.
*Retail: This is where I will be spending the next four years if the election goes badly. “At 12:01 A.M. on October 20th, Wal-Mart opened a temporary 3,000-square-foot store on Hollywood Boulevard devoted entirely to AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice.” It is what they call “all in,” motherfuckers. [licensing plate]
*Bono: The U2 Tower, a dockside development in Dublin that includes a recording studio and some sort of edifice, has been put on hold due to the worldwide economic meltdown. The tower, as it was known, was to have been built to resemble Bono’s sunglasses.
*Money: MTV will soon offer rights holders an option: They can have copyright-protected materials that are user-uploaded removed OR they can have revenue-generated ads placed around those videos.
*Automotive: I blogged previously about Neil Young trying to take his car clean tech. More on his efforts at Linc Volt, via Venture Beat. If anyone wants to steal my grease for biodiesel, I’d appreciate being informed ahead of time. And THAT IS a euphemism.
*Sleep: The Boston Globe offers up a diagram full of hints on napping. I notice there is no mention of Benjamin Franklin’s cold-air bath. Disappointingzzzzzzz. [swiss miss]
*Fashion: Converse will roll out Black Sabbath-brandend shoes in time for the holiday season. Because who doesn’t appreciate the gift of satanic footwear?
*New Yorker: Sasha-Frere Jones writes about the rise of country music’s Taylor Swift, visiting St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center in the process. Oh, and he came dangerously close to hating on St. Paul while he was here, too! Weee!
*First and foremost: Burgers named after metal bands. What, no Black Angus Young?
*Fred Meyer stores bring the vinyl back (accidentally). I still buy all my vinyl from garage sales. [e-mail]
*SanDisk buys MusicGremlin, a service-cum-devic that allows users to browse and buy music at WiFi hotspots. This may sound weird, but the next (non-telephonic) music player I buy will probably be a SanDisk. Yeah. Weird.
*Listening Post on Converse, whom we have written about numerous times, due to the fact that they’re hitting the music and retail scenes HARD. New: MP3s from N.E.R.D., Santogold and more.
*Some people are calling iCarly the new Hannah Montana. Admission: I didn’t even notice when Steve Jobs rolled this out.
*Buzzfeed rounds up disk drive music, in the spirit of other retro-tech mechanical melody making. Thank you.
*Minneapolis music mag Reveillecovers “Big Star,” Haley Bonar’s latest release: “Haley Bonar’s Big Star is a shimmering bright spot too good for the coffee shop world.” Also, she makes a mean mocha if you are ever in the St. Anthony Park area.
*Franz Ferdinand’s web site features incredibly soothing record players. [d-prince]
*Required: Fleet Foxes are “modern hippies.” The International Federation of Music Bloggers made me say that. [coerced]
*Off topic: NY Mag takes a deep dive into the meaning of Ashley Alexandra Duprey’s tattoo. (I still don’t know what it means.)
*Off topic and local: If you are in the Twin Cities, I suggest visiting Blondie’s in St. Paul on Snelling. I HIGHLY recommend the carrot cake, and have the physique to prove it. I am not kidding. Thank you.
*Crowdsourcing your way through musician’s block: Rifflet allows bands to post songs and encourage other musicians to finish them. [read write web]
*How much do you really want to know about Pink Floyd’s pig? Side note: I enjoy bacon.
*Who are the top 50 bands uploaded to Muxtape? The Rawking crunches it: 1) Radiohead, 2) MGMT, 43) Neutral Milk Hotel… Side note: I enjoy carrot flowers.
*Boy band discoverer Lou Pearlman got 25 years in the slammer for conspiracy and money laundering. [medialoper – who link blogs very well…]
*Byron Crawford notes that ?uestlove is eerily well-informed on matters pornographic. He begins a brief dissertation on Asian performers: “i was intrigued like most cats in the early 90s with Asia Carrera but since the tragedy with the death of her husband she has kept a relatively low profile in the past couple.”
*Video: Zach Galifinakis interviews Michael Showalter. Nice beard.
*You have most likely heard: The Slip = more freebies from NIN.
*Tweens don’t really care about Miley Cyrus’ naked back appearing on Vanity Fair, says Ad Age. [ypulse]
*Sebastian Bach is going emo. Previously, as you may recall, he went hip-hop on MTV.
*Ars weighs in with kind of a non-story about Merlin, the virtual 5th major music label, and its 12,000 indie acts. The one nugget: it’s working with MySpace on the social network’s coming music offering.
*Universal Music Group buysAbsolutePunk? How long until Merlin comes around offering the listenerd $2/post?