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Links for 3.14.09: Tom Waits, meltdown charts, Mary-Louise Parker…

*Movies: Tom Waits will appear in a post-apocalyptic Western called “The Book of Eli.” Based on imminent events.

*Data: Here are 27 visualizations and infographics to help you better understand our current global economic meltdown. [mefi]

*Fights: Lefsetz Letter Guy Bob Lefsetz vs. KISS Guy Gene Simmons. The most yawn-inducing vs. since Gene Simmons vs. That One Chick in that one video on Gawker whenever that was. [vicarious]

*Twitter: You may find this list of 100 things more popular than twitter amusing. I read all the way through it, expecting to see “your mom.” But no.

*Recession: Have I mentioned recently how the global economic meltdown is significantly changing the economy of recycling? Barges of garbage. It kind of rhymes, but it’s also sad.

*Songwriting: Mary-Louise Parker REALLY likes Josh Ritter in the most recent issue of Esquire.

*Interviews: The idea of reading a Twitterview between George Stephanopoulos and John McCain makes me sick. Almost as sick as the idea of listening to a podcast between Sam Beam and yours truly makes me. Also, fascinating that John McCain is still using tinyurl rather than Bit.ly (NO CLUE). [huffpo]

*Notes: Four things to read.

Links for 1.26.09: No jobs, John Malkovich and the rest is noise…

*Apocalypse now: More than 71,400 people were laid off in the United States today. If you’re supposed to be greedy when others are afraid, it’s time. Additionally, a colleague at the day job notes that American Express is reporting that spending among their clientele – who are far above average in wealth – has dipped 10% over last year. Consumer spending is plummeting.

*Movies: In a story on movie marketing in the New Yorker, Tad Friend quotes one studio head as saying, “If we weren’t making decisions based on marketability, John Malkovich would be in every movie. Great actor, but not someone you want to see half-naked in the sheets next to Angelina Jolie.”

I need not point out to die-hard listenerd readers than my physical likeness has often been compared to that of Mr. Malkovich, as early as THIS MONTH. GOODBYE FOREVER.

*Instruments: HOLY. I can’t say it any better than the site itself: “The bikelophone produces sounds ranging from tranquil bliss to cacophonic terror.” Oh, good? MP3s are here, but listen at your own risk. [networked music review]

*Ads: Google will stop selling ads in print next month. The program wasn’t working (and wasn’t likely to go anywhere, given the economy).

*Games: I can’t stop playing scriball, which might indicate just how retarded I’ve become. Or how willing to retreat to a land of lines and balls I am. (Don’t read too much into that.)

*Twitter: John McCain is on Twitter now. I guess? [buzzfeed]

*Prose: This sentence is perhaps the best I have read in the last month, from Gothamist, of all places: “The mysterious case of The Penistrator—an unidentified “snowfitti” vandal who’s been drawing phallic symbols on snowy cars parked in the East Village this winter—has taken a shocking, unexpected turn.” Furthermore, Haley Joel Osment is suspected to be the Penistrator.

Links for 11.2.08: Lil Wayne’s health, Joe Perry’s vote, Hank Williams’ beer…

*Rumors: Lil Wayne is not dead, I guess. Despite rumors to the contrary.

*Country: The life of Hank Williams. There was a tear in his beer. Also, I am now ready for some football. Also, Hank is dead.

*Endorsements: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry endorses John McCain. Being an understated asshole aside, I cannot imagine ever casting a vote for someone who purports to despise – and even mock – eloquence.

*Recession: Ads in Rolling Stone are down 18%. Ads on the listenerd holding steady. [dailyswarm]

*Off topic: Wait. Gas prices dip for a week, and Americans are back to buying SUVs?

Links for 10.27.08: Hope posters, Twitter rising, a Bowie cover…

*Hope and beyond: A delicious collection of images inspired by Shepard Fairey’s Barack Obama “Hope” poster. Includes: dope, nope, pope, hope, grope, type, marxism, viva!, soup, chope, mime, cope, rope, chaos, damn, fuck it, arab, dupe, honey, chump, dunk, and more. [obeygiant]

*Lazyblog request: Did the Cat Power cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that appeared in that Lincoln commercial ever come out as a legit MP3? If so, could someone please send it to me? You and the rights holder will be properly remunerated. Regards. {Hello, Cat?}

*CMJ: Read The Daily Swarm’s rundown of New York Times coverage of CMJ over the years. The biggest disappointment for me is that 2009 was not included. [spincity]

*Interviews: Peefork interviews Randy Newman: “Don Henley is always teasing me, asking if I’ve written another little novelty song.” Short people, indeed.

*When Music Blogs Attack: Listening Post vs. Idolator. It’s like Kanye vs. 50 Cent, but without anyone falsely promising to retire. THE LISTENERD WILL RETIRE IF DEFEATED IN BLOGGING BY ANY MUSIC BLOGGER. [Also, who defends Boing Boing?]

*Microblogging: While you were sitting on the toilet, Twitter went mainstream. This is why I quit, people.

*Apps: Nabbit is an application that allows you to get info on songs playing on the radio by playing them into your cellphone. Or you can just work on your memories, people. I mean, really. [mashable]

*Metaphor: Stanley Fish on why Obama and McCain’s campaigns are like John Milton’s “Paradise Regained.” This is the kind of political analysis I could get into.

*Avoid: Black mead. At all costs.

Video: McCain vs. Obama in a Dance Off

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Video: Hank Williams Jr. performs “McCain-Palin Tradition”

[buzzfeed]

Links for 10.10.08: It’s and Its, Eno’s iPhone app, McCain’s playlist…

*Words: It’s its and it is it’s (depending on context). [largehearted boy]

*Mashups: Dr. Dre is “reinterpreting Chopin symphony stuff.” [nymag]

*iPhone: Brian Eno releases Bloom, a music app for the iPhone Applications store. “Part instrument, part composition and part artwork.” All, WTF and a good portion I have no idea. [beat portal]

*Conversions: If you want, you can learn how to make albums into MP3s from Wired. OR you could just capture video of the album playing on a record player, post it on YouTube, then scrape it. [lifehacker]

*Big Retail: Wal-mart is leaving their DRM servers up for now. So those consumers who purchased DRM’d music from America’s largest retailer have some extra time to burn, baby, burn those discs. [medialoper]

*Politics: John McCain’s daughter’s playlist includes The Ting Tings, Tokyo Police Club, Zeppelin and Mos Def. The woman knows how to use the internet. [the rap up]

*Politics and cinema: If you would like to see a clip of W. Or maybe you are looking for a break from all that?

*Products: Torque your headphones with freakin’ MAGNETS? [joshspear]

*The Annals of Law: Champaign county judge forces hip-hop fan to listen to classical music.

Links for 10.9.08: Chinese Democracy!, Obama O’s, Sleeveface book…

*HOLY MOLY: Guns ‘N Roses’ long-awaited album, Chinese Democracy, will drop by Thanksgiving exclusively at Best Buy stores. As previously noted multiple times on this repetitive blog, Dr. Pepper has promised a free can for everyone in the U.S. if the album drops by the end of the year. [universal music group! – How annoying is it that Stereogum keeps self-linking in this linked-to post? Answer: Outrageously and insultingly so!]

*Album covers: There’s a Sleeveface (which is the act of holding an album cover with a face on it over your own face as you pose for a photo) book coming out. Seriously, how long until we see a Boner Party book? This guy’s prediction? Not long. Also, two thumbs. Up.

*Belgium: Jacques Brel’s things are being auctioned off by Sotheby’s despite protests from his family. You should listen to some Jacques Brel. Ideally on a phonograph. While drunk. Off of red wine.

*Family: Is Jamie Lynn Spears pregnant again, four months after giving birth? [parentdish]

*Politics: Which one? That one. Also: Rednecks for Obama.

*Cereal: Obama O’s and Cap’N McCains. [coudal]

*Independent film: Good Dick. It comes out tomorrow. Perverts. [fimoculous]

*Sounds: The instant rimshot (for humor) and the sad trombone (for sadness). Perverts!!!!!

Links for 9.29.08: Timbaland roars, Britney bangs, and the coming DEPRESSION?

*Green: Conscientious bands are putting out carbon neutral CDs. I have long thought that a network of biodiesel fuel providers with pumps at regional nightclubs is one of the few winning business models in the music business (at least in the mid-term).

*Music: Totally coincidentally to my posting an item about them yesterday, Mates of State recently did an in-studio thing with local radio station 89.3 The Current. You can listen here. Maybe I felt the vibes.

*Disturbing: I guess Britney has a sex tape with that paparazzi dude from a few months back. Guys! This makes me really depressed! Guys?

*Toys: If you thought that The Epidermits toy was scary, check out the 12′ Katy Perry doll.

*Crossover: Sasha Frere-Jones names the most important music producer of our times, DJ Timmy Tim. Oh wait; it’s Timbaland. Whew.

*Interviews: Geek guitar god Jonathan Coulton gets a talking-to from Ars Technica. The man on his business plan: “I will put music on the Internet, something will happen, and then I will make money.”

*Politics: Ebert brings the pain on McCain. Ouch. This is a dude (Ebert) who gave a thumbs up to “The Brown Bunny.” (Not a euphemism.)

*Winners and losers: The only company on the S&P 500 that gained today was Campbell’s soup. BUY CANNED FOOD, EVERYONE. Also, some Jim Beam might not hurt. And maybe shotgun shells.

Links for 8.14.08: Second Life soars, Bono snorts, Obama’s picks…

*Metaverse: A blues musician from Second Life, Von Johin, has signed a record deal in the real world. The dude does weekly virtual-world shows, and is interviewed about his success here. No word on if he is into Furries.

*Snorting: Bono snorts salt. OK, now you are trying to rehabilitate him in my eyes? YOU FUCKERS.

*Tourist traps: Paul McCartney and George Harrison’s sister might open a Beatles museum in Branson, Missouri. Let me tell you something about Branson, Missouri: I’m scared of it. Very scared.

*Lists: What are Barack Obama and John McCain’s Top 10 Favorite Songs? Politically savvy lists. Both cite Sinatra. A little too much Springsteen and U2 for my tastes, but then again, American hates me.

*Politics: Jackson Browne is suing John McCain for using his song, “Running on Empty” in a commercial without permission.

*Fashion: Blackberry earrings. (Warning: these are NOT real Blackberries.) Also: It would be hard to see if the little red light was blinking while you were wearing them. [shiny shiny]

*Law: Prince will not allow the Singing Dentist to put his own version of “Purple Rain” on his debut album. Admission: I haven’t been to the dentist in about 20 months. I thought you should know. [getty images]

Links for 8.6.08: Bowling and rock, vinyl resurgence, accordion love…

*Questions: What do you get when you cross bowling, Brooklyn, and a small rock-and-roll concert venue? Probably Pabst Blue Ribbon and a lot of beards, but who am I to even guess? NO ONE. That’s who. Or whom. Or whatever. [wiredset]

*Once again: Indie rock vinyl is on the rise. The vinyl edition of Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” costs $16. I don’t know if that’s a good price or not.

*Some say the accordion is making a comeback. I say it never went away.

*Compilation: The Rap Up offers its analysis of best and worst hip-hop videos of 2008 so far.

*Showtime: Joss Stone will play Anne of Cleves in The Tudors. Anne of Cleves was known as the ugly one. Not kidding. (Sad.)

*Video: Paris Hilton responds to John McCain on Funny or Die. Will her energy policy work? [mefi]

*Literature: Hamlet’s Facebook newsfeed. WTF? Everyone knows normal pokes don’t show in a newsfeed. GAWD. [spin city]

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.

Video: McCain Girl

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Video: Singing John McCain girls

There is screeching.

[huffpo]