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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 8.21.08: Tupac’s moves, iTunes Unlimited, Simpson’s beer…

*Biggie: These excerpts from Faith Evans’ forthcoming book, which talk about how Tupac briefly (but quickly and efficiently) insinuated himself into her life, are actually a pretty good read.

*Subscription music: Is iTunes Unlimited, an all-you-can-listen music option rumored to someday cost $130/year from Apple, imminent?

*Beer: Jessica Simpson has become the spokesperson for Stampede Light Plus beer. Personally, this does nothing at all to diminish my love of beer. People: I am resolute. [buzzfeed]

*Pop music: Mountain Dew has started a singles-only record label, Green Label Sound, that will feature bands such as Cool Kids. You know what’s even better than Mountain Dew? That Red Alert stuff. Or Code Five or whatever the fuck it’s called. [listening post]

*Gadgets: The Apple Walkpod: a cassette-playing iPod. [bb gadgets]

*Local: The Bryant Lake Bowl is throwing a block party. The Rock for Democracy block party is set for Saturday, September 13 from 4pm-10pm, and will feature Brass Messengers, Prairie Sons and a surprise headliner. Also: roller girls! [mfr]

*Bar bands: NPR interviews the Hold Steady. (Craig Finn does not tell Thom Yorke to “Eat a dick.” Which is a prime indicator that this is not, in fact, Grade A beef.) [heavy critters]

*Idol: People who are either insane or are hardcore American Idols fans (I would love to see the Venn diagram of these two groups) can now Sajaya-ize themselves. Of course, that’s a Cardinal sin. But still.

Links for 8.19.08: Sparking iPods, Dirt McGirt Rap Snacks, Muxtape’s woes…

*You need to read about punctuation; or do I need to? (See what I did with the ; there?) (And the parentheses there?) And there! [coudal]

*Lady news: Tough times. Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement is now off the market. He got married. Best of luck in your future endeavours.

*Law: The RIAA pulls the plug on Muxtape.

*Apple: Overheating iPod Nanos (with sparks!) have Japanese officials investigating safety concerns.

*Consumerism: Complex rounds up its list of pointless hip-hop-endorsed products. Wait a second. I love Dirt McGirt Rap Snacks.

*Playing: Learn to play guitar the Music 2.0 way, with Songsterr, an application that combines music files with Flash video, allowing wannabe musicians to see and hear how to play. [techcrunch]

*Consumer electronics: Who would not want an MP3 player that looks like the Bird’s Nest stadium? [crave] Or, see the Bird’s Nest in Lego’s. [urlesque]

*Ringtones: A song that repeats the clever lyrics “Condom, Condom” is apparently all the rage among ringtone enthusiasts.

*For all your twitter following needs: A wiki of semi-famous people on twitter. (Patrick Wilson of Weezer?)

Links for 8.18.08: Pandora’s fate, Santogold’s mash, Katy Perry’s sins…

*TechCrunch suggests that Pandora may have to be sacrificed to the digital music gods. [techmeme] Or maybe Pandora just needs to get more social.

*Religion: The mother of Katy Perry (of “I Kissed a Girl” fame) is angry at her daughter for “promoting a sin.” [fark]

*Kanye: One Mr. Kanye West points your attention to this Santogold + Justice mashup.

*Family: The Allman Brothers is (are?) suing their label to try to get more money from sales through iTunes.

*Fuck beer: Order me a sensory cocktail. And let’s double down on the cigar mist. Please? I need it.

*Apology: I don’t have a lot of witty commentary here because I took a lot of sun today. And I mean a lot.

Links for 8.13.08: Kanye’s burgers, MySpace’s music woes, iTunes’ radio foray…

*Hurry: You can buy Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago” from the Amazon MP3 store for just $3 today!

*Social media: MySpace Music is struggling. In a couple words: they’re having a tough time finding a CEO and their tech development timelines are slipping. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP WITH THE FORMER HINT HINT. [hypebot]

*Radio: iTunes is launching a radio show on Premiere Radio Networks. It will spin 30 of the most downloaded iTunes songs, plus interviews and other radioish stuff.

*Retro tech: Listening Post highlights Cliff Bolling, a 57-year-old Portland dude who is doggedly digitizing and uploading his old-format, vinyl music collection, to the tune of 3,700+ uploaded MP3s so far. It would enough for me if the guy simply posted videos to YouTube of his old vinyl playing.

*Interview: P-fork talks to OutKast’s Big Boi. “I might be borderline schizophrenic sometimes.”

*Kanye: Kanye West is going to open a Fatburger in Chicago. Have I mentioned that I need to lose like 2.3 lbs? And that I’m bald? (Both true.)

*Fashion: If you can wear a shirt that says “floppy inches” on it, you are more man than I am.

*Sharing: PlayLouder lets UK users pay a fee (and, therefore, royalties) and trade files within the confines of the ISP.

*Off topic: I want cigar pillows. I could also use a rolling papers blanket. [uber review]

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]

Links for 8.5.08: Rage Against the RNC, Bernie Mac lives, dancing dies?…

*Local + politics + music: Rage Against the Machine will be playing at Target Center on September 3, when the Republican National Convention will be going down. (Related: The Provention Concert.)

*Digital music: iTunes is the country’s sales leader for music, for the first half of 2008. Amazon (the best overall music buying experience for the consumer): rising.

*The Least Rocking Song of All Time: Oh, screw the least rocking song of all time. Check out this comment: “Maggie Gyllenhall has grandma-face.” Thank you, “Abe Froeman.” You have made my week. [opp]

*Dancing: The Boston Globe thinks dancing is going away. Except on TV. Obviously, they have not been hanging out in my living room. (No idea.) [3quarksdaily]

*Video: Sony signs up Rocketboom. PaidContent asks: Seven figures? Ouch.

*Retirement: The only dedicated retirement home for musicians in the UK, the Ivor Newton House, may soon be closing. 15 retired musicians would have to find new places to rock. [xrrf]

*More biz: Disc Makers has bought CD Baby.

*Breaking: Bernie Mac is not dead. Neither is the Subway guy.

Links for 8.2.08: Raising McCain, Sa Dingding, Amazon’s MP3s…

*Profile: The Christian-Science Monitor highlights China’s biggest pop star, Sa Dingding, whose music is described as synthy electronica, quirky and sometimes experimental. She’s currently making a push into the West, and has gotten some attention via the BBC.

*Healthcare: Amy Winehouse has been released from the hospital. What was she in for, you ask? Being Amy Winehouse. And now I’m sad.

*Clips: The Wall Street Journal looks at Conor Oberst’s new album, Conor Oberst.

*The Times profiles Sub Pop on the occasion of its 20th birthday. “Their last anniversary bash in 2003 was promoted as ‘Sub Pop’s 15th Anniversary – Ten Years of Great Music’.” [largehearted boy]

*Politics: Country singer John Rich of Big & Rich has written a song, “Raising McCain,” in support of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Rich also has a writing credit on the politically charged Big & Rich polemical, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” [daily swarm]

*Money matters: CNNMoney looks at the Amazon MP3 store, and analyzes its chances against Apple and iTunes, with specific attention given to Amazon’s deal with the imminent MySpace Music initiative. I’m a huge Apple fan, but the Amazon MP3 store’s overall user experience and value is currently superior to that of iTunes. Best of luck in your future endeavours.

More links (7.14.08): Prince’s skills, iPhone sales, your carbon footprint…

*Green: If you are willing to calculate your carbon footprint, you can get a free Radiohead live track. I planted a tree last month. Apropos of nothing.

*Video: Animated music video of Flairs’ “Better Than Prince.” [mnspeak]

*TV: Shepard Fairey pimps for Dexter. I like posters.

*Tech: Apple sold 1M 2nd-generation iPhones in its first weekend.

*Magazines: July / August is the Believer‘s music issue. Admission: Last year I gave them a pity subscription (they were short on cash), but this year I let it lapse. I’m just trying to be honest here, readers. [idolator]

*Street art: Banksy may have been unmasked. I’m betting that I’m under some sort of contractual obligation as someone with a blog to mention this? [waxy]

*Note: I took the above picture FROM A MOVING CAR WITH MY BLACKBERRY, YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!111

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.)

Links for 7.4.08: Top funeral songs, Bozo’s demise, SpiralFrog’s leap…

*Read: The Top 10 Most Popular Funeral Songs and the Top 10 Most Unusual Funeral Songs. Unusuals include: “Highway to Hell” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” [the 9513]

*Music sales are down 11% the first half of 2008 compared to the first half of 2007. I have contributed to this decline personally by being a lazy, slothful MFer. [daily swarm]

*Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Jim James collaborating on a new album. The band will be called He and Them. [absolute punk]

*Bozo the clown died. He was 83.

*Much-maligned SpiralFrog, the free, ad-supported music site that’s had its share of missteps over the past year or so, is claiming to now be getting 6M unique visitors per month. I am not one of those 6M people. [coolfer]

*Frank Zappa’s “Beat the Boot” series will go on sale via iTunes. I used to listen to a lot of Frank Zappa when I was trapped in a car and forced to.

*The gravestone of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis has been stolen.

*SubPop relaunches its Singles Club.

*Off topic: Barack Obama is on the cover of Ebony.

*Video: Putin on the Ritz. With George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin dancing goodness. Tuxedos are involved.

*Very off topic: The Vagina Spa. Includes the word vagina!

Links for 7.3.08: Neil Young’s music platform, Radiohead’s streams, Springsteen’s fortune teller…

*Neil Young wants to launch a music platform? And doesn’t like iTunes sound quality? (Mainstream consumers don’t care about sound quality, FYI.)

*You can now stream Radiohead’s In Rainbows for free on Last.fm. If you haven’t already stolen it. Which you should have. [pop candy]

*The Wall Street Journal reports on how indie bands are best selling out today. I would recommend movie soundtracks or Gap commercials. But that’s just me.

*The Wackness, a new movie featuring one of the tiny Olsens, is using a purple 90s mixtape as a promotional tool. And, apparently, that is enough to get a link from me? [complex]

*The fortune teller featured by Bruce Springsteen back in the day, Marie Costello, has died. [spinner]

*The 30 Most Adorable Album Covers: What, no little bee? Also, no Sugar Ray? (Hello?)

*The finest site I have run across in years: Men Who Look Like Zach Braff. This blog will change your life. [best week ever]

*Kinetic energy: The Sustainable Dance Floor. (Once again, covered this kind of thing for the day job back in the day.) [fresh creation]

*Shakira slowly moving toward deal with Live Nation? If you want to know how this will turn out, I recommend watching the hips. They don’t lie.

*Very much off topic: Christopher Hitchens gets waterboarded. As a gimmick, not (explicitly) for his bombast.

*Assorted: Happy birthday, little bro. Also: You would not believe how many people come to this blog searching for Rihanna naked. I don’t know why.

Links for 6.27.08: Gene Simmons speaks, dumpsters down, Girl Talk revealed…

*Medialoper: Why Kanye West Is Such an Asshole. On a separate note, Esquire says we are living “In the Age of the Asshole.”

*Read: Portfolio has a lengthy interview with Gene Simmons. “I don’t even have to wipe my ass if I don’t want to.” [huffpo]

*Seen everywhere: Some video of Girl Talk walking through “Feed the Animals,” track by track.

*Charge your phone through the power of dance. Have written about people trying to capture kinetic energy like this many times for the day job. [neatorama]

*I will probably not be using music search engine Jogli in much the same way I already don’t use SeeqPod, Songza and MeeMix. [techcrunch]

*Radiohead releases some “In Rainbows” videos through iTunes. [the set list]

*Viral marketing: From Converse. Chucks in Soda. [pop candy]

*On language: A lovely letter to the editor written to a most execrable publication. “I’ve looked into the issue of whether “dumpster” should be capitalized, and this is what I’ve found. Though apparently a brand name at one time, the word has slipped into common usage and no corporate entity appears to be making any effort at trademark protection. This has been the situation for a couple of decades. In fact, I’ve long refused to capitalize the word in my writings except for the beginning of a sentence, titles, or rants about ‘the Dumpsters of Our Lord God.'” [curmudgeonette]

Links for 6.26.08: Neil Young’s enemies, P2P traffic, Prince’s mania…

*P2P traffic accounted for 44% of all internet traffic in May? So says Digital Music News.

*Starbucks is ditching much of its highly hyped music initiative. A pretty big move considering just months ago they were heavily pushing on the super-vanilla music front.

*What is on Barack Obama’s iPod: Stevie Wonder, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan. BUT CAN HE LOAD THE IPOD HIMSELF? [indieblogheaven]

*Read: Some tips for cleaning and organizing your iTunes. My personal philosophy (for iTunes and everything else) is to instead become part of the chaos. But to each his own. [jimray]

*”Red State fans” wanted to kill Neil Young during his concerts in support of the “Living With War” album. I have always been a closeted fan of Greensboro. (Is that a state?)

*Prince tries to kill a Norwegian tribute album of his work. I would have done the same if I were in his place. (No idea.)

*The special Joy Division Zune has been UNBOXED. Also, there is such a thing as the “Zunerama forum.”