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Links for 6.20.08: Girl Talk samples, Toby Keith’s movie, Diesel’s pants…

*Has the music industry abused us? “To me, Apple’s success with iTunes and its ability to sell 5 billion songs since its launch is an awful event.” Also: Who is “us”? [medialoper]

*Top 45 free music sites: Free, unless you consider the time you have to waste wading through the ads peppering this list a form of payment. Which I do. [red ferret]

*The Wikipedia page for Girl Talk’s new, name-your-own-price album “Feed the Animals” already contains a wealth of information on the samples used.

*Marketing: Diesel will be selling mud-resistant jeans and giving out free underwear at some European musical festivals this year. Mud-resistant jeans. [psfk]

*Listen to the oldest recordings of computer-generated music. Recorded in 1951, “Baa Baa Black Sheep” is every bit as powerful today. [waxy]

*The composer of some of the music John McCain is using for his ads is getting annoyed. Also: Who knew McCain was using videogame music?

*Toby Keith: Screenwriter.

*Semi-related: Why does your voice sound different when you hear it from a recording? [magnetbox]

*Off topic: The long-awaited video game Spore started releasing some teases the other day with a Creature Creator download. Within 48 hours users were creating porn creatures.

Links for 6.19.08: Wrestling sells music, hot bachelors, Kid Rock vs. Steve Jobs…

*eMusic offers up the Pitchfork sampler, a free selection of MP3s for your listening pleasure. [getty images]

*Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” is starting to leak! God, I could use a Dr. Pepper. [daily swarm]

*Want to sell music: Get in the ring with the WWE: “The labels will stumble over themselves to get on MTV, but no one’s watching MTV.” [koar]

*Want to sell music: It’s hard. Worldwide sales of tunes have fallen to the lowest level since 1985. [mathew ingram]

*Microsoft will not make a Zune phone that no one wants. Was that a double negative? Or a triple?

*There are lots of places to watch music videos online, you may say. But how many of them are named after an ancient martial arts discipline, like JukeBo? [mashable]

*Kid Rock hates iTunes and won’t sell his music through them. (Note I did not put music in “quotations.” Restraint.) Though he advocates the use of P2P networks, Mr. Rock doesn’t steal because he’s rich.

*Read: The L.A. Times on the decline in the value of the album. [hypebot]

*14 songs you should never play in a bar. [pop candy]

*Motorola India launches Motomusic, a mobile music download service.

*American Idol‘s David Cook is one of the world’s hottest bachelors. That’s not People magazine saying that, it’s me. Wait, strike that / reverse it. [vulture]

*Goodbye.

Links for 6.3.08: Neil Young’s car, Bovinus’ cow singer, Cobain’s remains

*Neil Young drives a 1959 Lincoln Continental that will soon run on electricity. I drive a 2000 Honda Civic. Or, often, take the bus. FYI.

*Bovinus is a metal band with a cow who sings vocals. God, Metal Sucks rules.

*The UkeCast is a podcast full of ukeleles. Seems perverted? [mefi]

*Kurt Cobain’s ashes were stolen. Also, Converse named a line of shoes after him.

*Radiohead’s back catalog goes up for sale on iTunes soon. You can’t pay what you want; you have to pay what Apple wants.

*Qloud launches “My Music” application for MySpace. It is pronounced like CLOUD. As I have been told so many times since I first blogged about them. [mashable]

*M.I.A. is engaged. And pregnant! With twins! [sorta, not really, not really]

*Local: Gnarls Barkley will be playing at the Minnesota State Fair this year. (You may park in my front yard for $8.) [mnspeak]

*Music/fashion mash: A N.E.R.D. t-shirt, perhaps? For their “Seeing Sounds” album.

*Off topic: Public radio nerds on Twitter. Most people are horseshit twitterers. Including public radio people, I assume. [mediation]

*Off topic item I am not going to dig deeper on: The Google trend of the hour at 7:58 pm was “what to do if inside of girl gets wet.” (No idea.)

Links for 5.12.08: Hype’s payday, Banksy’s face, Metallica’s clips…

*Maybe Viacom will buy Hype Machine for a lot of money, or maybe someone else will. But still, do they know that people like the Hype for the stealing?

*TechCrunch posits that Blip is Twitter for music.

*The New Yorker on American Idol. On the flip side, NYer editor David Remnick offers up 100 Essential Jazz Albums.

*Earlier, I linked to a short Metallica video. Check out also the band’s new site: Mission: Metallica.

*Banksy uncovered!? It might be kind of nice, so we can move on…

*Video: Would you like to hear 50 Cent talk for an hour or more? Now you can! [getty images]

*Last.fm partners with Lollapalooza. They’ll have a Lolla channel and stream some tunes.

*Sort of off topic: On blogging and attribution. I have been waiting until I build up enough goodwill to write an angry screed about proper attributions and etiquette. At this rate, we’re looking at an early 2018 rollout. So read this and this instead.

Links for 5.8.08: Bob Seger tattoos, Gravy’s B.I.G. performance, Dave Grohl’s angry letter…

*Your online repository for all Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-related tattoos. [Hotdogsladies]

*”Gravy is killin’ it.” P. Diddy on the performance of the actor playing Biggie in his upcoming biopic.

*Dave Grohl writes a letter to Metallica: “Good luck. And don’t release it until it’s kick-ass.”

*Mobile music revenue is down 17.6% for WMG.

*How do you slap someone around with a Blackberry? Ask Foxy Brown. [nah right]

*Video: Rock Band hates this man. Watch it. [waxy]

*Perez Hilton is launching a clothing line. Pretty sure I couldn’t pull any of this stuff off, either.

*Also: Britney loves Radiohead. Weird that she didn’t go with the digital, pay-what-you-want version?

*If you still love Facebook, you can stream your iTunes playlist through it via nuTsie. [listening post]

*DMX got arrested for speeding. Woof!

*Local (Minneapolis): First Ave is twittering. [switchblade comb]

*30 Rock quote: Lemon: “You had a three-way with Roseanne and Tom Arnold.” Blonde chick: “That was two years ago.”

*Facestats: The world thinks I’m 42 years old.

Links for 4.28.08: Muxtape talks, Shakira lobbies, Diablo Cody twitters…

*Apparently, Diablo Cody is twittering. And by that, I mean using the Web 2.0 application Twitter. What?

*Death Cab for Cutie records a session with Daytrotter. Also, see Death Cab’s viral video project. [universal music group]

*No love for subscription music?

*Listening Post interviews Justin Ouellette, the dude behind everyone’s favorite mixtape site, Muxtape. He looks like an internet guy.

*iTunes is five years old. I use iTunes as a music player and to sign up for free podcasts, but I won’t be buying any music from their any time soon. [daring fireball]

*WATCH: Interviews with heavy metal Satanists Venom – from the tweets of The Sound of Young America.

*Shakira talks education policy on NPR. [prawfsblawg]

*Off-topic: Food that takes the shape of its container. [neatorama]

Links for 4.21.08: Apple’s IM Conversation, Rolling Stone’s fall, the BBC’s Sound Index

*Music magazines are not doing well at all. I guess everyone is reading the Daily Swarm. [ypulse]

*Scarlett Johansson’s cover of Tom Waits’ “Falling Down.” [Universal Music Group]

*The perfect song length: 2:42 (worth reading for the third line of the essay alone). Also, here is a Muxtape on the matter.

*Local: Billy Bob Thornton (the old man who is supposedly one of my hideous doppelgangers) will be playing MUSIC as part of the Minnesota Zoo concert series. [switchblade comb]

*American Top 40? Hardly. Check out the BBC’s Sound Index, a music popularity chart based on scans (every 6 hours) of iTunes, MySpace, Google, Bebo, Last.fm and YouTube. [million music]

*An execrable Star Tribune mini-review of the Minneapolis (well, Maplewood) Kraftwerk show. [mediation]

*MyStrands wants to invest $100k in somebody who has a really smart recommendation engine idea. [duke listens]

*Of the top 25 YouTube search terms for March 2008, 16 were musical, including: Lil Wayne, Low, Chris Brown, No Air, Soulja Boy, Jonas Brothers, Usher, Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus and others. The others were mostly porn. [del.icio.us/mediaeater]

*Is Apple about to start kicking ass in the instant messaging space with Apple Conversation? Some quasi-celebrities say yes.

*What? A Google project that helps you track what music you may be missing from your personal collection. [mediaeater]

*Off topic: An interview with Nicholas Felton, the dude with the personal annual report. [swissmiss]

*I am annoyed by the serif font used for posts in this new layout.

Links for 4.17.08: the listenerd’s independence, Amazon’s shoppers, Foxy’s freedom, a bunch of off-topic items…

*The listenerd is not owned in all or in part by Universal Music Group. I’m just saying. To make a point, sure. But it’s still “just sayin’.”

*Most new Amazon MP3 music buyers didn’t switch over from iTunes.

*Scarlett Johansson’s new album of Tom Waits covers has apparently been leaked on Imeem. [listening post]

*Foxy Brown to be let out of jail this week? I know you’ve been waiting.

*Local design firm Aesthetic Apparatus (whose Shrinkin’ Lincoln graces my living room) did the overleaf thingy for Esquire magazine’s music edition.

*Techish: Michael Arrington on Twitter. People. [waxy]

*I have a lot of pretty OK links now, but only a little time to blog them. Fuckers.

Links for 4.3.08: iTunes sales, MySpace Music, Akon’s phone call…

*iTunes has moved ahead of Wal-mart as the top music retailer in the United States. Of America. [techmeme]

*MySpace Music finally offers users the chance to buy DRM-free music.

*From Pee-fork: Natalie Portman to star in an upcoming Devendra Banhart video? Hopefully, she gets the Wes Anderson treatment. What?

*You may have heard: Jay-Z signed a far-reaching $150M deal with Live Nation.

*Waxy > Sasha-Frere Jones > Idolator > An animated video of Akon calling T-Pain.

*For all my lasagna lovers: the Garfield MP3 player.

*This is the sound of an Icelandic glacier melting. I don’t care for it. [mefi]

*Off-topic: I want Pac-Man shoes. [wonderland]

Links for 3.19.08: Bob Mould talks with Gay, Fergie’s got a bump…

*Bob Mould does an interview with Gay.com: He would rather sleep with Sid Vicious than Johnny Rotten. Among other more interesting topics. [mediation]

*OMG: A lovely lady lump of her own? Fergie might be preggers! [parent dish]

*Songkick: A concert recommendation engine that allows you to input bands you like, then tells you when other bands you may enjoy will be playing near you. [venture beat]

*Goodbye Gerard vs. Bear?

*Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz has a line of clothing at Nordstrom. [ypulse]

*eMusic is worried about antitrust issues re: Apple’s all-you-can eat music plans.

*Six-word music reviews from SXSW. On local boy Kid Dakota: “Haunting, yes—but haunting like Caspar. [sic]”

*You may want to begin using a Hulger phone while DJing. Seriously. Think about it. [josh spear]

Links for 3.18.08: Starbucks tunes, Limewire’s legit store, iTunes Unlimited?…

*Limewire is opening its own legal, for-pay music store. (I blogged about this many months ago; now coming to fruition.)

*Would you like to see a large photoset of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch? Read more. [waxy]

*Wayne Barrow, the dude who has been cast in the title role of the forthcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic, has a blog. [cinematical]

*Do you want an iTunes subscription option? iTunes Unlimited. [venture beat] Also – hella cool – how to pause iTunes every time you unplug your headphones, via Lifehacker.

*You probably already know that The Big Lebowski is available in its entirety on Hulu. [kung fu grippe]

*For all your American Idol needs: Rickey.org. [buzzfeed]

*The newest Gnarls Barkley album has moved up the date of its release (to this week) and is now #2 on the iTunes album chart. [idolator]

*Huge trend: BEARDS. Deal with it. BEARDS. [the moment]

*Mod a Rock Band guitar to use a real string.

*The New York Times brings the hate on Starbucks’ musical taste.

*Moby talks a lot. To Pop Candy this time.

*Reminder: You don’t want to go deaf. [brooklyn vegan]

Links for 3.10.08: The Beatles on iTunes, depressed bloggers, aliases…

*Depressed people turn to blogging. I could have guessed this, were I not so apathetic.

*McCartney signs a $400M deal with iTunes to make Beatles songs available.

*AdAge covers the Walkmen (a personal fave) and the art of selling out (indie style).

*Check out the hottest music soc net’s (Imeem’s) guide to SXSW. SXSW. Guides. Effers, every one. [hypebot]

*SlicethePie (covered previously on the listenerd) crowdsources A&R and band management, allowing fans to back and make bucks on up-and-coming bands. They recently received $2M in venture funding. [hypebot]

*REM is releasing its new album through iLike before it hits stores. On a side note, I am somewhat bored with disruption of musical distribution channels.

*I love aliases. Not pen names proper, but the disposable aliases used by the famous to travel quasi-anonymously. Ron Mexico. George Fox (who is apparently a real person and acquaintance of Mr. Spitzer). Further study is here needed.

Links for 2.26.08: Perez’s new gig, iTunes new slot, Cloud Cult’s new video…

*LOCAL: OMG. Cloud Cult is shooting a video on Sunday about 4 blocks away from my house. They are looking for extras to jump around in an expressionless manner.

CAN YOU THINK OF SOMEONE MORE WELL-EQUIPPED TO DO THAT THAN ME? [more cowbell]

*iTunes is now the #2 music seller in the nation, passing Best Buy and landing behind Wal-mart. How long until iTunes is #1? And then Amazon is #1? [news.com]

*Sid Vicious is endorsing Converse. (Note: He is dead.) Also, J. Crew is now selling Purcells? Not good. [stereogum]

*According to the NPD Group, nearly 50% of teens did NOT buy a CD in 2007. [spinning indie]

*GospelDepot is a subscription music service for those who love Christian music. [digital music news]

*A NY Times article from today has a lot of people online worried that Perez Hilton could be a rising A&R force. Grotesque.

Links for 2.18.08: Lots of records, Bon Iver’s blog, public tv sucks…

*The oft-blogged best record collection in the world is on sale on eBay for $3M. Really? Wouldn’t like 4 days straight on Limewire get you pretty close?

*Music :: clothing / kanye :: sneakers / cansei dei ser sexy :: hoodies [joshspear]

*Mike Doughty: Sort of a DIY Take Away Shows. [so much silence]

*Maybe you should read Bon Iver’s blog.

*Aerosmith is doing its own version of Guitar Hero. [yahoo news via hypebot]

*American Idol performances will now be available for purchase on iTunes – they can be set to be automatically downloaded the day after a show airs. They’ll cost $2. I would recommend putting them on YouTube instead. But that’s me. [ilounge]

*The New York Times on the relative success of public radio and the decline of public television. Doesn’t even address pub rad rock stations like The Current.