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Links for 9.10.10: It’s 9:10:10

*Local: I think I will be going to this Northern Grade Americana retail extravaganza in Northeast Minneapolis tomorrow. It’s hard to explain. If you are going, too, I will be the rugged, reticent, semi-Nordic-looking one, shopping for $300 beaverskin gloves.

*OH BOY: Carl Corey has done a photo essay of middle-Wisconsin bars and taverns. If you ever have a chance to, ask me about Whiskey Dicks (sic). (In my opinion, Rhinelander is over-represented.) [eyeteeth]

*Musicianship: Do you know what Axl Rose puts on his contract rider these days? Two bear-shaped tubes of honey. Soy sauce. If this is fake, it’s VERY well thought out. Also, I agree with him about bear-shaped honey being better.

*Fires: The Valor bag by CLEVERSCENE is made from a retired firefighter’s coat. That is some RUGGED-ass shit. [notcot]

*Cycling: I have heard that this Horsey bike (by Eungi Kim) should actually be a unicorn. I, however, believe that it should actually be an oversized goat.

Speaking of cycles, I would also like to call your attention to the under-seat bottle opener. Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t be able to take a sip without worrying that it would taste like a bicycle’s asshole.

*Literature: The New York Times weighs in on the ugly Virginia Quarterly Review situation.

*Money: Hypebot and Asymco say there’s about $1 BILLION a year in overhead wrapped up in running iTunes. Sounds like a lot of money.

*Money: The venture fund that Bono is a part of is “in deep, deep trouble.” That doesn’t make me happy. In fact, if I wasn’t wearing these sunglasses you’d see tears rolling down my face. (Again, not of joy.)

*Sports: The New York Times‘ “The Beauty of the Power of the Game” is a bunch of pictures, too. It’s female tennis players. And, like, dust and stuff.

*Dating: Everyone has passed these around, but if you haven’t seen them, here are OK Cupid’s analysis of the data from its dating site. So you know what white people really like? Tom Clancy. And Van Halen. (How are the Eagles not on here? Too young a crowd, I guess.)

*Today’s links: F. Weak effort. But I am getting back into shape here.

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Links for 2.9.10: 25 Tips for Better Abs

*Money: Since the grand dame of pop looks so much like George Washington, Craig Gleason made a series of Lady Gaga Dollars. [notcot]

*Music biz: Are iTunes music sales slowing due to high prices? I buy all my music from Amazon. Or Hype Machine.

*Art: Smokey Robinson gets the Shepard Fairey treatment. Which is not to say that he has his work pirated, then reused. But is rather to inform you that Fairey did a Hope-style portrait of Mr. Robinson. [notcot]

*Safety: If you’re always breaking your sunglasses, you should wear disposable ones.

*Crafting: Meat; knitted and packaged. [coudal]

*Writing: Timothy McSweeney – after whom McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is named – was a real man. He passed away.

*Food: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl revisits the question of who in the world makes the best Juicy Lucy. An episode of Food Wars will be filmed tomorrow at the Cardinal Bar to settle things. Temporarily. This is one of the only matters about which I am a local, and will hereby publicly place myself in the Blue Door camp. Goodbye.

*Politics: The George Bush “Miss Me Yet?” billboard is located in Wyoming, Minnesota.

*Update: It’s been weeks of dispensing tips, and my abs are no better than they were when this experiment started.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 12.7.09: I may start updating my Facebook status.

*News: Apple bought Lala. (Hypebot offers this round-up of opinion on the acquisition from across the web.) I saw Lala CEO Bill Nguyen speak at a music discussion at CES last year, and he blew away everyone else on the panel with his smarts and enthusiasm. Does an Apple acquisition of this sort really mean hope for imminent innovation in digital music is waning?

*Note to interested parties: I have obtained a Kickstarter invite and am commencing my pitch for a project that will BOMB THE MOON again. This time, on our terms. (Also, I’m not kidding. And I may need help.)

*Hollywood: Someone keeps changing the Wikipedia page of actor Ron Livingston to say that he’s gay, and that he’s been having relations with someone named Lee Dennison. This is why Wikipedia is better than normal encyclopedias. Also, you can’t be sued for laughing uproariously, can you? CAN YOU?

*Obit: Robert Degen, possible author of “The Hokey Pokey,” has died. That’s what it’s all about. Death. And silence. And blackness.

*Literature: The New Yorker runs a David Foster Wallace story, “All That.” If a Foster Wallace piece doesn’t explicitly upbraid me for not understanding the English language, I don’t want to read it. Or should I say, I don’t WANTS to read it?

*Art: Michael Jackson commissioned some weird art when he was alive. If you even look at it, you may be able to sue. [vulture]

*Presidents: A new letter from Thomas Jefferson has been discovered. It’s not about wine. Or wenching. [harper’s]

*Twitter: Favrd got shut down. I used the site to find smart, interesting people, but I don’t think I was part of the “community” that formed around it. The back and forth between Dean Allen, who used to run the site, and Jeffrey Zeldman is fantastic. As is Mike_FTW’s eulogy. And Merlin Mann‘s.

*Lists: Kottke is doing a list various Best of the 2000s lists. If you smell it hard enough, you can smell Newsweek.

*Local: I went to the No Coast craft show this weekend. The aesthetic was depressingly uniform. Also, lots of babies. Also, Midtown Global Market has a shitty parking set-up that needs to be fixed. BUT: I recommend Campfire for t-shirts and the like.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 12.1.09: Why did Walt Whitman wear jeans?

*Rumor: Remastered vinyl LPs from the Beatles to be released in March. Also, I have a few Beatles albums on my computer, so I can listen to them pretty much whenever. Super easy!

*Odor: M cologne is made from Michael Jackson’s DNA. I hope that’s not a euphemism. Do you know what I mean? If you don’t, please don’t look it up. [vulture]

*Food: Examine these ketchup packets that look like landmines. Wow.

*Drink: Tactical Nuclear Penguin beer has 32% alcohol content. I could not have conceived of a better name. Except possibly Vomit Gong. Or Ketchup Packet Landmines. (I don’t know where that came from; I just tried to channel my id.) [harper’s]

*Fashion: “If Whitman wore jeans, he wore them because they were the clothes of the rebellious, not because they were the affordable uniform of the pretty.” Also, was that really Walt Whitman reading? I thought it was a dude from the Waltons. (I’m not being droll about that last part!)

*Social media: What this article calls “checkins” have previously been called pings or gestures. It’s all a part of the attention economy. Which is actually a system akin to a language. I’m sure you get it. I don’t have the patience to explain further.

*Twitter: If you haven’t seen these Twitter avatars drawn by @apelad, you should see them. Because they are awesome.

*Technology: Knocking is an iPhone app that allows you to see through other people’s iPhone cameras. WHAT? It’s mobile-to-mobile live sharing! (I took that last part right from their site as I tried to confirm what it actually did.) Also, it seems like perverts would love this. [coudal]

*Music: Golden Fiddle grabbed Zach Galifinakis’ iTunes playlist. Funny word, Galifinakis. Heh.

*Today’s links: F

Links for 2.25.09: Lemmy’s crotch, bread tie taxonomy, Beamcast update..

*Podcast update: All attempts to contact Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam (not through traditional means, but merely through the ether) to get him to be my interview subject for the first listenerd podcast have failed. Zero response. However, I now have a 5th question formulated: Could you please speak up? More to come, as things develop.

*The Markets: Keep track of the world’s stock markets in real time. This can be a sad endeavour. [good]

*Lemmy: A lovely quote pulled by The Daily Swarm regarding Lemmy’s displeasure with a doll made in his likeness: “Are you gonna put a dick on it?”

*Update: The Hipster Runoff guy is not Tao Lin. I am in no way taking credit for this idea.

*Correlations: How one’s SAT scores correlate to his or her musical tastes. I do not see Elmo on this grid. [buzzfeed]

*Facebook: eMusic jumps into the widget game (a couple years after the rush?) with some Facebook functionality that allows users to show the music they’re listening to and gives away free downloads.

*Models: Mashable takes a look at iTunes Pass. There are a lot of “hopefullys” in this article.

*Charity: Musicians on Call brings bands to the hospital rooms of sick people, for bedside concerts. [licensing plate]

*Twitter: Twitter = YouTube. “Google most likely really, really wants to buy Twitter.” Feel like it’s been coming for a long time.

*Food: Being a taxonomy of bread ties. [coudal]

*I find this collection of links and quips to be wholly unsatisfying. There is always tomorrow.

Links for 12.18.08: MySpace’s Swift love, being late, typewriters…

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*Lists: MySpace’s releases its list of top tunes on the network over the past year – and as Mashable notes, you can see obvious differences in the ages of users of that social network compared to iTunes. Popular are Taylor Swift, T.I., and Chris Brown. No Coldplay in sight. [why i failed]

*Green: The New York Times calls Neil Young “a figure of blunt efficiency.” Blunt. Heeeeeeeee.

*What They’ve Learned: Alice Cooper is a pretty sharp dude. A few things he’s learned – “My mom taught me that everything causes lockjaw. But I’ve never met anybody who got tetanus.” And – “Never be late. When you’re late, what you’re saying is that your time is more important than the other person’s time. That’s pretty egotistical.”

*Headphones: Check out this set of Head(banger)phones; they’re tricked out with an accelerometer, so the listener can alter the music as he or she bops his or her head to the beat. [gizmodo]

*Interviews: Jack White interviews Cate Blanchett. Says White, “Erotomania: A rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that another person, usually of higher social status, is in love with him or her.” Also, there is a picture of Cate Blanchett dressed kind of like a hot robot. [indieblogheaven]

*Movies: Baz Luhrmann is slated to direct “The Great Gatsby” next. Rafe Fiennes is the only one American enough to play Jay Gatsby, in my opinion. And Daisy should obviously be played by Daisy Fuentes.

*Errata: Funny mistake in the execrable Star Tribune, as dummy text makes it to print. [s4xton]

*Two things: Kottke links to the periodic table of awesomeness (which is pretty awesome), but also talks some sense about the most overhyped animal product of our time: delicious bacon.

*Typewriters: Here is a LOVELY collection typewriters. They aren’t mine. The one above is. And, in fact, I type all of my blog posts on it. Even though I’m now an intuitive Dvorak layout user. [spincity]

12.15.08: MP3 stores, hairbrush footballs, and QUIPS…

*Selling music: Amazon’s MP3 store is just doing OK – the company took in about $39M from the store last year. I still like Amazon’s offering, will use it 9 times out of 10 when buying music, and will tell you why I think it is going to be successful. No, I won’t. Here, I just get to say. [alley insider]

*Resource: Rocketsurgeon’s Music 2.0 Product Buzz feed lets you track digital music-related companies’ blogs.

*Movies: They are going to make another The Crow. [hinto]

*Retail: Zappos is so good at what they do (and I mean that, unlike 90% of the words I type on this blog), they’re offering their clients tips on improving their customer service – for $40 a month. [mashable]

*Video: The Arcade Fire made their tour documentary, “Miroir Noir” available online. Watch the trailer and/or buy it. Or don’t. (It’s not really like that weird hands site from before.)

*Politics: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich calls his personal hairbrush “the football” and keeps it within reach at all times. Let me be honest here: If I had any hair, I would do the exact same thing.

*Twitter: Read some amusing quips, IF YOU LIKE READING QUIPS.

Links for 11.25.08: Bono’s music store, Forte’s pardon, Obamafy yourself…

*Downloads: Bono is going into the business of selling music with (Red) Wire, a digital download and discovery service. He’ll give a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund, but he’ll probably be a prick about it.

*Pardon me?: President Bush pardons rapper John Forte, who was in jail on drug charges. Could Dubya be a closet Fugees fan?

*Digital music: Sales for Atlantic Records’ digital music eclipsed sales of their physical music for the same period.

*Nose flutes: If you can’t appreciate a good roundup of nose flute videos, I don’t know what you can appreciate. Though it’s probably some highfalutin’ bullshit. As I will point out in the comments of the linked-to post, however, they have forgotten the unforgettable “Sophie Monk Double-Nose Flute Incident” in their collection.

*Biz: How tethered to Apple is the growth of digital music (the paid kind)? I would just like to point out that wide swaths of the economy are going into the shitter. WIDE swaths. OK?

*Propaganda: The Obamafy plug-in allows you to turn your Photo Booth photos into Shepard Fairey-like propaganda. HOPE. [the duty]

*Black Eyed Peas: Fergie is recording vocals for Slash’s – formerly of a little band called GUNS N’ ROSES – forthcoming album. I feel sort of bad for almost abandoning Fergie content, but she hasn’t peed herself in years. OK?

*Local: Oh, look. Nine Inch Nails is in town, and Trent Reznor is taking pictures of manhole covers!

*Twitter: Shaquille O’Neal has been twittering his thoughts on the Natalie Holloway case. What?

*Personal: Seriously. I’m very tired by the end of the day. OK?

Links for 11.20.08: …

*Sexy men: Salon says that one of those preppy Ivy League dudes from Vampire Weekend is one of the sexiest men alive. I really liked that “Oxford Comma” song. But not THAT much. I mean. Not even close to that much. [largehearted boy]

*Multimedia: BuzzFeed highlights Paintings on Books, which I liken to people recording videos of their phonographs playing old records, then posting those videos on YouTube. Which is to say, LOVE.

*Videogames: The wondrous Waxy offers a collection of videos of Meta-Musicians, real rockers playing their own songs on Guitar Hero and Rock band. A few weeks ago, I sang Corinne Bailey Rae on Sing Star, though I am not Corinne Bailey Rae myself.

*Digital Rights Management: Apple is talking to more labels about offering their music through the iTunes store without digital rights management.

*Chinese Democracy: You are just three days away from claiming your free Dr. Pepper. Three days. Do not miss this or you will have to pay up to $1.25 for a Dr. Pepper in the future.

*Retail: I did not know that customer service wizards Zappo’s moved their slow-moving stock to 6pm, but now I do.

*Microsoft: Zune has cut prices. I would here like to make a bold stand and say that I prefer saying the word ZOON to saying the word EYEPOD. I’m just sayin’.

*Trends: New York Times columnist (and former Slate columnist) Rob Walker on some of my (and my day job’s) ideas. [Everything redacted.]

*Holidays: First Avenue will hold its second annual “Too Much Turkey” Thanksgiving dinner. [mfr]

*Economics: Perhaps you should listen to Nouriel Roubini on the state of world economics. And then cry. For almost ever. [3 quarks daily]

Links for 11.11.08: Journey rules, “Chinese” reviewed, Live Nation sells…

*Journey: Power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” is DOMINATING digital music. The Journey song is the biggest seller on iTunes. And though the Guardian says the band “has Tony Soprano to thank for it,” bloggers who watch their incoming traffic know the band has Arnel Pineda to thank for much of their online success. And that is a FACT. [licensing plate]

*MP3s: Live Nation will sell MP3s from Sony Music, Universal Music Group and EMI. [listening post]

*Concerts: One Radiohead concert filmed with 12 cameras. [largehearted boy]

*Neologisms: Thumbnail goggles – “Effect whereby a person seems more attractive in a thumbnail than in a much larger image or in person.” OK, so this is what I’m going for.

*Reviews: Says Rolling Stone of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” it “is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.” [fimoculous]

*Things people hate: The SlotMusic player costs only $20 and stores 1GB of music. If they start selling/giving away music-filled SD cards at McDonald’s, it could work.

*Backlash: Fuck Norris Facts. “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He passes out after two wine coolers.” [mefi]

*Blogging: Has Kanye West been stealing other people’s blog posts? And is he stealing from the people who have been stealing his music? Because that would give me a headache.

*Morphing: If Wu-Tang members were NBA players. Link comes complete with WICKED MORPHING FACES.

*Trips: It turns out, I am going to CES this year for the day job. Pray for my health, please. And my sanity. But mostly my health.

Links for 11.10.08: McSweeney’s distills, M.I.A. eats, celebrity urination…

*Things: This McSweeney’s list is kind of like what the listenerd would be if the listenerd were distilled down into nothing but awesomeness, then baked on a sheet of rad and peppered with cardamom. (I don’t know what cardamom is. And I don’t really like the word rad.) [daily swarm]

*Crowdsourcing: At The Next Big Sound, you listen to demos of unsigned bands, pick the ones you think will become popular, then reap the social benefits of being smarter than everyone else. I can’t make the explanation any simpler than that. I’m sorry. [mashable]

*Free music!: eMusic is offering free music through Pizza Hut. The crossover in customers between these two brands cannot be high. IT CANNOT.

*Riders: Do you want to know what M.I.A. likes to eat? You can find out at the Smoking Gun. [stereogum]

*Hardware: Dell is scrapping its plans to build an MP3 player, and will instead focus on software that will compete with iTunes.

*Maximum incontinence: I am a huge public urination fan. Not sure if you knew that. Or if you wanted to know.

*Local: FiveThirtyEight.com looks at the Minnesota Senate race recount. Holy fucking awesome breakdown!

*Parties: You should at least consider attending the Switchblade Comb 1st anniversary party on Friday, November 28 at the Nomad World Pub. I know I would consider it if I weren’t old. And bald.

Links for 11.9.08: Hip-hop tots, Toby Keith’s pits, Swiftian acumen…

*Breaking: Toby Keith shaves his armpits. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!111111

*Country: First the New Yorker, now this? So everybody is going all Taylor Swift on us now? Of the 18-year-old Swift, lobotomized former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler says, “She’s a really smart businesswoman, smarter than a lot of 40-year-olds I know.”

*YouTube: MGM is ready to put full-length movies up on YouTube. Watch for “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Magnificent Seven.”

*Rumor: Is Sony BMG ready to go DRM-free on iTunes after all this time? And will anyone besides tech nerds care? Or maybe it really matters and I’m just tired? Gosh!?

*Toilet reading: This reading is ABOUT toilets! GET IT!?!?

*Music for rich people: Fred Wilson from A VC talks about music on the Sonos with the iTouch.

*Hip-hop: “Hip Hop Speaks to Children” brings the lyrics of Queen Latifah, Mos Def and Kanye West to tots.

*Twitter: Twuffer lets you tweet from the future. I had lasagne for dinner tomorrow night.

*Meta: I put the listenerd on Facebook. I don’t really even like Facebook!!!! Swearz!

Links for 10.24.08: The Hudsons, The Smiths and Weird Al vs. Steve Jobs…

*Obit: Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were found dead from gunshot wounds on the South Side of Chicago this afternoon. Devastating and depressing.

*Rumor: Are the Smiths reuniting? I know nearly nothing about the Smiths, having spent the last five years trying to keep up with the Joneses. [largehearted boy]

*Professionals: The Musician’s Twitter Roadmap. Personally, I recommend being hilarious. Or really famous. Or a hot chick. (Not in that order.)

*On again / off again: Weird Al is PISSED at iTunes. I would NOT want to have this dude mad at me. Perhaps there are some Steve Jobs vs. Weird Al mashups that could add humor to this situation. Or parody songs. Maybe involving heart attacks.

*Video: John Hodgman’s brief digression on matters of lost time. That is my last John Hodgman link. Of the day. [bb]

*Trailers: Maybe you would like to watch the latest trailer for the Biggie Smalls biopic “Notorious.” It is in WIDE format. (That’s not a fat joke!) [You never know.]

*Fashion: You love Crocs. You love Uggs. Winter Crocs offer the best of both worlds. (Those worlds being an overlapping geography of various hells.)

*Tidbit: We are undergoing a worldwide economic meltdown. Please send links.

Links for 10.5.08: MySpace Music’s billionth, Latifah’s Touch, Weird Al’s iTunes…

*Streaming: MySpace Music streamed a billion songs within days of its launch. Whatever this MySpace Music monster is, it is LARGE. I had a fake MySpace page once. I thought I should admit that.

*Success: Classical music is kicking ass. Among other numbers on the rise: “Ticket-sale income from orchestra performances grew almost 18%, to $608 million, between the 2004-’05 and 2005-’06 seasons.”

*Videogames: Queen Latifah is obsessed with playing mah-jongg on her iPod Touch. And that is NOT a euphemism, assholes.

*Crowdsourcing: Another experiment in putting elements of the music business directly in the hands of the people, SongVest lets fans invest in the works of songwriters. [licensing plate]

*Politics: Jay-Z is doing (did?) a free concert in support of Barack Obama in Miami tonight.

*Rights: Rhapsody grabbed the exclusive rights to sell Kid Rock’s catalog online. Bawitaba. (That’s lobotomenglish for “I don’t know what further to say in this context.” Look it up.) [coolfer]

*Weird Al: Weird Al Yankovic will begin releasing his songs on iTunes as soon as he’s done recording them. Or so he says on his MySpace. Yes, Weird Al blogs on MySpace. [waxy]

*Art (or whatever): The New York Times profiles Shepard Fairey: “I don’t need to do street art anymore. But I enjoy it. It’s not insidery. It’s an opportunity to ire or inspire. And it’s free.”