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Video: Bon Iver’s workout plan

OK, everyone loves linking to a good hard body video. But I can’t help myself. How Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon stays (gets?) in shape. (The guy has a decent turnaround jumper?)

Video: Bon Iver after party video (soundtrack by Poliça)

Can you tell I have something on the brain? Music is “Dark Star.”

When did they start making videos for after parties?

Links for 8.29.10: Like a Phoenix, but colder of heart

*Note: I went way, way east on business for a couple weeks, but I’m back now. I cannot say anything remotely intelligent about India in this space at this time, so I’ll say this: the traffic is amazing. Amid crushing poverty, there’s an unquenchable aspiration of a growing middle class, with very little infrastructure to support it. Also, it was monsoon season. A recent article by Keith Gessen in the New Yorker chronicled Moscow’s ongoing traffic problems. And, of course, China’s ten-day traffic jam kicked around the news last week. Traffic needs talking about. This much, I know. On traffic.

*Words: There are all kinds of variously interpretable meanings buried in cultures’ respective vocabularies of insiders/outsiders. Here’s a list of terms for white people used by non-western cultures.

*Society: What currently practiced social customs are ridiculous? Readers of Daily Dish at The Atlantic respond with: saying “Bless you” after someone sneezes, monogamy and burial of the dead.

*Party tricks: Beer bottles for Tuned Pale Ale have musical notes along the label, showing what beer level corresponds to what musical note when the bottle is blown into. Nice! (It’s also like a concepty small-batchy sort of thing; not Budweiser. But still. Beer!) [not cot]

*Literary: This VQR stuff is pretty fucked up, isn’t it?

*Evocations: Li Wei makes art that you want to be. (I don’t know if that rhymes or not.) Smoke. Flying. Hope. Majesty. [c-monster]

*Collaboration: Pitchfork interviews Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon about his next Bon Iver album, as well as hooping with Kanye in Hawaii and his slow-jam GAYNGS work. My favorite quote: “I’m just a dude in a t-shirt who smells like shit.” Also, Kanye dropped Monster, part of the collaboration (which also includes Ross, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z) on his blog.

*Break: Yes, I am still going.

*Local: The Minnesota State Fair has begun. And Har Mar Superstar has attended, and has there viewed boars. [s4xton]

*Visuals: These music video posters are compelling, but I have noticed in my past several decades that music videos aren’t often promoted through posters. Small point, but I thought I should put it out there. [coudal]

*Food: Lasagne cupcakes barely look like cupcakes. But they have the word lasagne in them. So I will give them a pass. FOR NOW.

*Writing: George Plimpton interviewed [pdf] Ernest Hemingway for the Paris Review in 1958. “Wounds which do extensive bone and nerve damage are not good for writers, nor anybody else.” Also, there’s some chilling foreshadowing of Hemingway’s own suicide.

*Language: Unsuck It turns business jargon into words that still have meaning. “Action items,” for instance, become “goals.” And “bio breaks” become “breaks.” Courtesy of Mike_FTW.

*Beverage: Rob Walker writes about Insane Clown Posse’s love of Faygo in the New York Times. I like that Martin Bashir and Insane Clown Posse travel in the same circles. Also, ask me sometime about my unsolicited non-celebrity endorsement of generic lasagne. (I will answer with a vague claim to love any lasagne you put in front of me.)

*Beer: Serious Eats sits down for a pint with Surly Brewing’s Todd Haug. (Please note: I love Surly.) “I became interested in local/fresh beer when I was touring the US in the metal band Powermad at the age of 19.”

*Twitter: Here are like a dozen tweets to read, if you have time.

*Automotive: Carlashes – the perfect complement to Truck Nutz?

*E-reading: I spent a couple week with an iPad and that experience, along with this article by David Pogue, have me thinking maybe a Kindle isn’t the worst option right now? What I’d really like is to test more social options – like Copia claims to be – though who knows how long it will be before I can do that?

*Plea: If anyone knows what the best use of some (Bokma) Holland Gin is, I would appreciate some hints.

*Today’s links: F.

Links for 6.5.10: What follow are the links for 6.5.10

*Food: I will highly recommend the cherry mash, available at Minneapolis’ Sugar Sugar.

*BLOGS: The Paris Review is now blogging. Plimpton. Funny word.

*Prison: You know that prisoners type, right? Do you know what they type on? CLEAR PLASTIC TYPEWRITERS from Swintec. This is incredibly awesome, if you can get past the incarceration part.

*Baseball: Wilco has started sponsoring Little League teams.

*Cooking: These tongs look like a microphone. Remember Eat Me Daily? Back when it was being written every two or three days or so? Yeah. Great times.

*Beverages: The Beer-Friendly Hoodie. Maybe this should have gone under fashion.

*Sounds: This may or may not be the voice of Oscar Wilde. IN REAL AUDIO. Just as the literary Gods would have wanted. [mefi]

*The Internet: Clay Shirky writes for the Wall Street Journal, asking “Does the Internet Make You Smarter?”

*Music: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performs “Death Letter Blues” with an old band of his, The Shouting Matches. It’s been a long time since I’ve actually been to the Stereogum site, and WOW. Just wow. The background has wowwed me.

*Consumer electronics: Nokia has a device that harnesses the energy from a bicycle to charge a cellphone. I want one of these that would work with my phone.

*Media: The fact that many movies and television shows use the same prop newspaper has been making the blog rounds lately, but it’s worth linking to, regardless.

*First Avenue: Local rock club First Ave whitewashed the band name-bearing stars painted on the outside of their building. Originally, the rumor was that all of the stars would be coming back. Now, it looks like 100 bands will lose their stars. I don’t even HAVE a star.

*Today’s links: F.

Video: Bon Iver – Soireé de Poche

Justin Vernon. I’d tell you more, but I can only read French phonetically aloud in order to sound like an intellectual. After wine.

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Video: “Skinny Love” with Beard (Bon Iver)

Intimate.

Video: Bon Iver and The National’s Matt Berninger

Let’s all ovulate together.

“Big Red Machine”

Links for 5.27.09: Interchanges, Bon Iver, Twitter, Bach, Snuggies

*Apparel: Weezer introduces the Wuggie, its own brand of Snuggie. I may have mentioned this previously, but I have preferred Slankets to Snuggies since 2006. Johnny. Come. Latelys. [buzzfeed]

*Video: Bach Bach Revolution. Fugueing cool. [kottke]

*Fashion: Consider wearing low-res jewelry. Engadget. When was the last time anyone linked to them? Weird, right?

*Twitter: You will note that Paste did not include the Listenerd in their list of music bloggers to follow on Twitter. This is either a clerical error, a sign of my own incompetence or proof of Paste‘s utter lack of taste. Oh, and Stereogum is on there!

*Cabins: JamBase does a feature on Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. I have one finger remaining. And it is not the pinkie. [shorties]

*Roads: A field guide to freeway interchanges. Have I mentioned the Clam Lake interchange lately? Oop, that was twitter. [coudal]

*Today: I was in a hurry. I watched episode two of the HBO John Adams mini-series tonight. Wait a second. What the fuck was that earnest bullshit?

Video: Bon Iver covers the Jayhawks’ “Tampa to Tulsa”

OH BOY.

[chuckles]

Links for 4.21.09: Cloudspeaker, green porn, Anvil and Absolut…

*Music 2.0: I haven’t really poked around Cloudspeaker, but I’m trying to figure out if it’s a busier Hype Machine. [shorties]

*Green: We wrote about Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno” ages ago for the day job. Now she’s back with a series of films about how aquatic life does it. And by it, I can’t even say what I mean. At all. [cinematical]

*Movies: Anthony Lane, my favorite writer working today, gave the heavy metal documentary “Anvil” a rave review in the most recent issue of the New Yorker. [tds]

*Local: Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) singing “A Satisfied Mind” at Eau Claire’s Memorial High School. Who has two fingers and likes Bon Iver? [chuckles]

*Video: An ad for Absolut vodka, called “A vodka movie,” by Zach Galifianakis. Men. Wigs. [hotdogsladies]

*Apps: Capo is a $40 iPhone app that allows wannabe musicians to slow down tracks so they can learn to play them. I can play nothing, though I tried to learn the flute once. [daring fireball]

*Lastly: In place of today’s grades, an editorial comment. I hate City Pages.

Video: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon pitches in on “Lovin’s for Fools”

Also, Sarah Siskind and Bill Frisell.

[cp via chuckles’ facebook]

Links for 4.20.09: Lego Jesus, Iron and Wine swings, Dylan on Amazon…

*Literature: The Virginia Quarterly Review releases a list of the 10 most common titles of works submitted to them. #1: Untitled. I adore this list. And I’m not kidding.

*Words: I have been playing a lot of deepleap. All I will say is that the game has a very rudimentary and amateurish dictionary and does not allow all the words to be played that it should.

*Songs: Bon Iver plays Eau Claire’s Memorial High School. I have three fingers left, and you DO NOT want to know what I’m planning on using them for. [universal]

*Movies: The Coen Brothers are going to remake “True Grit.” I love Westerns and am awash in my own testosterone. Beer me. [coudal]

*Religion: What would Lego Jesus do? [ye]

*News: The bad news is, I have been waiting for the Google News timeline for a long time. And I’m mental. [mediaeater]

*Video: Amazon has the exclusive on “Beyond Here Lies Nothin,” a new music video from Mr. Bob Dylan.

*Twitter: The Twitter-Brain interface – measuring brain activity. God, I want that helmet. Is there a specific term for a helmet that’s soft? I’m deadly serious. [waxy]

*MP3s: Listen to some Neko Case MP3s here (“Middle Cyclone” and “Phony Revolutions”) and one of my favorite Iron and Wine songs (a 10-minute opus, “The Trapeze Swinger”) here.

*Today’s links: C-. We break the C’s today due to links to some good MP3s. And that VQR thing. Other than that, horseshit.

Video: Bon Iver mini-documentary for Observer Music Monthly

I double recommend it. Unless you hate Bon Iver. Also, I am typing this with my 5 remaining fingers.

Links for 1.21.09: Obama’s media FX, Kanye’s mullet, Beastie art…

*The Inauguration: This is probably worth a longer post – and I may do one for the jobby blog – but during President Obama’s inauguration yesterday, Google traffic dropped while Twitter traffic spiked (along with a bounce in traffic for Flickr and other social sites). Eschewing their habitual seeking of a-temporal information in a time of excitement, people reached out to each other.

*Hair: I, for one, love Kanye West’s black mullet (or “blullet”). But then again, I’m bald. FOREVER.

*Artwork: Putting Ad Rock in religious art isn’t blasphemy, it’s business. And blasphemy. Probably. Technically. (Works of art that include the Beastie Boys.) [hinto]

*Lists: JamsBio lists The Beatles’ songs from worst to best.

*Criticism: Pitchfork gives Bon Iver’s new Blood Bank EP a 7.9. (I am typing this with 8 fingers.)

*Twitter: Cursebird offers potty mouths a real-time look at all the swearing that’s happening on Twitter. Right now, fuck is winning. FUCK IS WINNING!!!!! (Here is my personal swearing graph.) [poploser]

*Earnings: Apple reports record earnings for its most recent quarter. iPods kill, though the iPhone was a tad ill. And by that I mean that sales did not meet expectations.

*Covers: Bonny “Prince” Billy covers Danzig’s “Am I Demon.” [cameronr]